If you are like most music educators, by the time you read this you will be on holiday break. Midwest Band has come and gone. Music for All’s Bands of America program has crowned LD Bell High School (TX) the new Grand National Champion. And you are now diving into the stack of magazines that has been piling up on the floor by your desk for the past four months.
To provide you with a little mental break — and back by popular demand — is my annual letter to Santa asking to deliver what I believe will be meaningful presents to many girls and boys (naughty and nice) so they may use these gifts to prosper in the New Year!
Another year has come and gone and once again I ask that you indulge me by foregoing any gifts for me (I know I could really use that NY Health Club Membership!) and bring to some folks more deserving, or needy, than I the gifts they need the most.
Let’s start with gifts for… PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES!
• Mike Huckabee #1— My Name and Address. If he is serious about “deploying weapons of mass instruction” (meaning musical instruments) then I want to be Secretary of Defense!
• Hillary Clinton — A Bucket. She has admitted herself she cannot carry a tune, but this has not stopped her from promoting her support for arts education. So the least we can do is give her a little help!
• John Edwards and Bill Richardson — Parting Gifts. Neither one of these gentlemen will be their party’s nominee for president. But that does not mean we should not give them an “atta boy” for joining what is fast becoming a chorus or presidential candidates touting the benefits of music and arts education for every child.
• Mike Huckabee #2 - Our Gratitude. How great is it that we have a candidate that is truly passionate for music and arts education and demonstrates his passion in his words and deeds? Whether you agree or disagree with him on other issues, he does deserve props for going to schools, sitting in and playing with music programs, and playing with his own band on the campaign trail at every opportunity.
We have never had one presidential candidate speak about our issue… now we have four — this shows you how far we have come. How great is that?