The Summerglen Files

Music, Creativity, and Everyday Life at Summerglen Music in Raleigh, NC

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I’m Baaaaaack!

November 28th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Greetings, Summerglen friends! So, it’s been quite a long time…5 months or so really, since I took an unplanned sabbatical from the Summerglen blog. It was weird; one day, I just didn’t want to write anymore. And trombone tips videos? Blegh. If I tried to make myself get on here and write or record because [...]

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Sunday Shots – How Percussionists Decorate for Christmas

December 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment

December is a busy time of year for everyone–but especially for musicians! With all the parties, cantatas, and concerts people set up during the holiday season, we often end up doing two months’ worth of gigging in the space of only a few weeks. One side effect of all this gigging is that Andrew’s percussion [...]

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Music School, Seven Years Later

October 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Last night, Andrew and I took a random trip out to Greenville to visit my alma mater, the East Carolina University School of Music. The school has begun hosting an alumni recital each year, and we took advantage of our free Friday night and came to check it out. The alumni performances were excellent–we heard [...]

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Three Things I Learned from an Insanely Busy Summer…

September 8th, 2009 · No Comments

1. Practicing good habits, even in the face of chaotic schedules, is a good thing… 2. but there’s no reason to beat yourself up if you get a little off-balance. Just keep on keeping on. And above all: 3. Where there’s an active schedule, success is somewhere nearby. Either the success made you busy, or [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · staying healthy

Overthinking in the Aftermath

March 9th, 2009 · No Comments

As many of you know, I just finished writing my very first book, Women Embracing Creativity: Unleashing Your Inner Artist. Writing the book was a lot of work, but it was fun work. I’m really good at showing up and doing what needs to be done day after day without worrying what the future may [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · creativity · staying healthy

Book’s Done!

March 1st, 2009 · No Comments

My first book, Women Embracing Creativity: Unleashing Your Inner Artist is finished! (So….now I can get back to blogging about trombones and other music-related things on a regular basis!) I’m self-publishing the book on Lulu, so it should probably be released within the next couple of months. I’ll keep you posted!

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Dread34 Reunion Show Pictures

February 16th, 2009 · No Comments

The Dread34 reunion show on February 6th was a great success; we all had a lot of fun playing together and it looks like we might do it again sometime in the future! I don’t have any video or audio clips of the show, but here are some pictures for you to enjoy.

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Tags: a day in the life · Live Music

Our New Friends, The Keenagers

September 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Today, Andrew and I did a Summerglen Duo show for a wonderful group, the Keenagers of White Memorial Presbyterian Church here in Raleigh. We had such a great time playing for the Keenagers, and it was especially nice having the chance to get to know some of them after our performance. This was one of [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · Live Music

When a Band is Like Family

August 25th, 2008 · No Comments

On Friday evening, I had the pleasure of playing with my favorite band, Keith Henderson and the Illusions. Why are they my favorite band to play with? Well, Keith Henderson puts on quite a show, and he’s won numerous awards for his tribute to Elvis. And all the guys in the band are excellent musicians [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · Live Music · musical collaboration

Having a Good Time Making Connections

August 9th, 2008 · No Comments

The Inside919 Community Picnic went well today! We didn’t have throngs of people in attendance, but it ended up being a great chance to just hang out and chat with other business owners (with the occasional pit stops for hot dogs, photography classes, and drumming!) Networking meetings are cool; you get a chance to meet [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · music business