Yesterday started with a trip down to Ted’s Aunt’s local mechanic to check on our car trouble. The guy pointed out that the van was losing power which was only really noticeable on an incline. He thought we’d be ok for the next couple of days. But as soon as we loaded the van and headed to Cleveland the problem got much worse. Now I knew we were in trouble. After calling a mechanic that I knew from 25 years ago, we were referred to a place walking distance from Cleveland Hts High School (the site of our first clinic of the day).
Sure enough the van needed to stay in Cleveland and we needed to rent a van to complete the tour. Ouch! But the band cooperated, Brett Baker, the director at CHHS helped by supplying students to unload the van and load the new one, and my old friend Tom Ianni from Academy Music gave me a ride to the car rental joint. So we’re in our new ride now and getting ready to head west.
The two clinics went extremely well. Lot’s of interesting questions from the students and great response to our music. The concert at Cleveland State was in stunning Waetjen Auditorium although sound tended to get washy so the band responded by accentuating dynamics and finding different ways of creating energy besides volume. It was great (and a little nerve racking!) to see saxophone masters Howie Smith and John Klayman in the audience. Great to be back in my hometown for a day!