Very exciting news from me and FJH. This week I'm going into the recording studio to begin recording a new band method that will be released by FJH with preview copies available at Midwest. The method, "Measures of Success," is written by an amazing team including Deb Sheldon (Temple University), Robert Sheldon, Timothy Loest, David Collier (Percussion, Univ. of Illinois), and myself. While we're not seeking to reinvent the wheel as many other methods have sound approaches, there are a number of things that we think we were able to improve on, including assessment opportunities, playing by ear, focus on musicality, reinforcement of new concepts, and absolutely incredible play-along CD tracks ranging from samba, mariachi, rock, and funk to African percussion instruments and voices, full orchestra, electronic, and more. Stay tuned, but this is certainly a highlight for me and an incredibly fun project. For those of you wondering what it may sound like, you can go to the FJH website and listen to "Sensational Solos Popular Christmas," a book of Christmas solos for middle school kids with accompaniments. The accompaniments were a TON of fun to write and these will sound similar. More as things develop!