What I love about what I do is how music touches us throughout our lives. I started my music career on piano in second grade. THAT did NOT work our very well! But once I had my trumpet in my hand in fifth grade I was hooked for life. The JMBAND had the privilege to honor our men and women in the armed forces with a tribute held at Riordan hall in Bella Vista for the Veterans Council. We also had the honor to accompany the Singing Men of Arkansas on God Bless America and Battle Hymn of The Republic. What an inspiring evening and I wish you all could have been there. The hall was packed with veterans and their families. To say I got choked up at times is and understatement. I have played the “Tribute to the Armed forces” since I was in high school myself -it has always meant a lot to me. But as I age it means more and more. This year I was able to hear the Singing Men of Arkansas perform it – and as each service stood up it was more inspiring. The icing on the cake was when the Marines were called – one man on the front row stood up at PERFECT attention during the whole Marine’s Hymn. Then the eyes welled up and it was all over including the crying! Other moments for me that night was JMBAND’s inspiring renditions of America, America the Beautiful and God Bless the USA. Thank you to all who have served and serving now. I am writing this on Memorial Day and thank you to my father and brother who also served in WWII and Vietnam. Look for us again to perform for the Veterans council – we historically do a Pearl Harbor tribute. Thank you Veterans!