It is my hope that each and every one of you finds your "pack" - a group of friends that helps define your college experiences and memories. If you have a "pack" from the past, you should try to get them back together!
While Eric and I see each other all the time, Jason lives up in the northeast, so we don't see him much. This past weekend, Jason was in town visiting, and we "put the band back together" for an afternoon. It's been more than fifteen years since I met these guys, but we fell back into our old rhythm right away. We had lots of great laughs, but also some serious geeking out over two Chicago Symphony/Solti VHS tapes that Jason bought from the CSO Store and played until the tapes broke. Jason was special amongst us - he had taken a trip from West Texas to Chicago for a lesson with some old tuba player named Arnold Jacobs. He was a recording fanatic, and he was always sharing his collection with others. By introducing me to the CSO and the concepts behind their playing, he changed my thinking about playing brass instruments, too. It took me right back to the late 1990's, and it really was great spending time with both of these buddies again. :) Take a little time and enjoy these great performances. It would be even better if you could watch them with friends.