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Writing samples

For a taste of my writing style, check out the following, in addition to my blog posts here and for the Association of Music Parents, Music for All, and the National Association for Music Education (here and here)!


“…Arrangements were made, housing was procured, movers were hired, and the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2007, we piled the four of us plus Mom into the minivan, and headed for Pittsburgh.

“So we packed a truck with Mom’s belongings, and we piled into our minivan to head for Pittsburgh from Chicago. After a quick stop at Target, that is, to buy a stepstool. Turns out our minivan was too tall for Chiquita to climb in unassisted.

“We planned to drive roughly halfway, say to Toledo, before we stopped for the night. Around dinnertime, we had just cleared the Illinois state line and were sitting in bumper to bumper traffic. That was when Mom mentioned her chest pains.

“For a woman who’d had a heart attack and several stents put in to keep her arteries open, this was NOT a complaint I took lightly. We’re stuck in traffic, I have a 6 year old and 3 year old in the car, and Ms. Cardiac-Patient-of-the-Year offhandedly mentions chest pains, in the same way she might have said, “Hey, how ’bout those Bears?”

“Doing what I do best, I began to panic. Quietly, of course. I calculated the time to the next exit, and when we saw the restaurants available, I proposed a dinner break. If something were happening, at least we’d be stationary at an address to give 911. Plus, my husband and kids could eat while I rode in the ambulance.

“Ha ha. Heh.”

Becoming America’s Drumline

“As I’m sure you’re aware, Super Bowl XLVI was played in Indianapolis last weekend. The New York Giants battled the New England Patriots for the Lombardi trophy. Amid all the expensive commercials and the chips and dips, the Patriots headed into the half with a slim 10-9 lead over the Giants.

“Then America tuned in collectively for the highly touted halftime showMadonna.

“Madge entered the stadium carried by legions of gladiators. She proceeded to “Vogue” and get into the “Music” with LMFAO and “I’m Sexy and I Know It.” M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj joined the Material Girl for “Give Me All Your Luvin’.”

“But what really got this band geek’s attention was her transition into “Open Your Heart.” Is that…a DRUMLINE led by drum major Cee Lo Green?

“Twitter lit up with excitementWho WERE those performers? We caught up with Chad Kohler, Fishers High School percussion instructor and president of the Indiana Percussion Association, and student Daniel Bailey of Fishers H.S. in Indiana, to find out and give us a behind-the-scenes look at how this spectacle came to be.”

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