Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Many schools and some places of employment may have the day off as a holiday. We plan to still have classes and lessons as we always do on this day. This is in no way an expression of our lack of care for Dr. King, his legacy, or his honor. In fact, we love and appreciate so much of what he stood for, and I teach one of his texts in a college course that I teach regularly. Dr. King Jr. was also a champion of the arts and education and I would like to think he would appreciate what we do, and also our commitment to continuing on Monday. All that to say, as with other holidays like this, if you have plans, will be out of town, or cannot make your lesson, just let us know.
I will leave you with a beautifully expressed truth from Dr. King Jr.’s speech at the 964 Berlin Jazz Festival:
Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life’s difficulties, and if you think for moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.
Have a great weekend, however you spend it, and to those we will see Monday, we look forward to making music that speaks to life. In Brass Lab, perhaps we will even play some blues.