Picture from the MHMC Christmas Dance, December 10, 2005.
Al is a musician (trumpet, flugelhorn, horn, piano, drums), arranger, composer, clinician, and pedagogue. He holds a:
Bachelor of Music in Music and Economics from DePauw University School of Music.
Master of Music in Music Performance (trumpet) from the Jordan College of Music at Butler University.
Doctor of Music in Brass Pedagogy and Literature (trumpet) from the Indiana University School of Music .
Al is the instructor of trumpet at Marian University, the assistant director of bands at Monrovia High School, and an adjunct professor in the CAPS program at Indiana Wesleyan University, teaching music and art history and appreciation courses. He is also an active musician and pedagogue, with more than 20 private students in the central Indiana area and many professional playing opportunities, including solo performances at the 2000 and 2001 ITG Conferences on the Festival of Trumpets concert, as well as with the Centennial Brass at the 2001 Conference, and several years with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Al is also a Scholastic Educator Partner with the Vic Firth Corporation, and uses their sticks and mallets exclusively. He is currently the Calendar Editor for the International Trumpet Guild, and his calendar column appears in each issue of the ITG Journal. In addition, Al also write and arrange music for numerous ensembles throughout the midwest, writing for diverse styles from marching to concert, jazz, classics and pop. Several high schools have won numerous state and circuit championships when performing his arrangements. If you have an interest, please contact Al for more information or to see a sample of some of his work.
Al acts as the music caption head and web master for the Central States Judges Association, and adjudicate numerous marching contests for the association as well as working with and for other musical organizations and contests. He has adjudicated many times on state and regional finals panels in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida and South Carolina. In addition, Al frequently judge solo, ensemble and organizational contests for the Indiana State School Music Association, including adjudicating the State Solo Contest for trumpet for several years, and serving as a member of the Brass Required List Revision Committee. He has served as a member of the Artist Faculty for the National Trumpet Competition, and written several reviews/articles reporting on the competition for the International Trumpet Guild. Al is also a member on the Indiana Bandmaster's Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national music fraternity, Pi Lambda Theta honorary national education fraternity and Pi Kappa Lambda honorary national music fraternity. He continue to use the Macintosh computer as an electronic copyist as he has for the last 25 years, working exclusively with FINALE. Al is also member of ASCAP.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Al was raised as a Master Mason on January 30, 2006 at the Dayton Lodge #103 F&AM. It was a deeply moving and life changing experience, and I urge any man considering Freemasonry to give a look at the Indiana Freemason Online Page at http://www.indianafreemasons.com/ , or contact me for information if I can be of assistance. I am also and a member of the York Rite Bodies of Indianapolis, including Indianapolis Chapter No.5 Royal Arch Masons, Indianapolis Council No. 2 Cryptic Masons (Royal and Select Masters), and Raper Commandery No. 1 Knights Templar. All are excellent organizations, and worthy of your time and effort should you decide that Freemasonry interests you.
Al with Professer Charles J. Gorham, one of the men responsible for his successes in music, and a good friend. This picture was taken at graduation ceremonies in Bloomington, IN on May 8, 2004. Professor Gorham was on hand to place Al's doctoral hood and to serve as the faculty sponsor for Al's doctoral degree completion..
Vicki is a Registered Nurse who worked for 34 years in Surgery at the IU Health Morgan Hospital (formerly Morgan County Memorial Hospital). She has recently taken some time away from work after the IU merger resulted in the closing of surgery, and is now heading back into the work market, hoping to return to surgery.
She is also Nationally Certified as an Operating Room Nurse (CNOR) through the Association of Operating Room Nurses.
She holds an:
Associate Degree in Nursing (R.N.) from Marian University, formerly Marian College.
Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate from Indiana Vocational Technical College.
Association of Operating Room Nurses, national and local chapters. Vicki serves on the Board of Directors of her local chapter. In addition, she has served the organization as President, Vice President, Awards Committee Chair, Membership Captain and IU Health - Morgan Hospital's representative to the Greater Indianapolis Chapter of the Association of Operating Room Nurses, as well as holding membershin in the national Small Rural Hospital Specialty group for the Association of Operating Room Nurses. She represented the Indianapolis AORN Chapter as a delegate to the 1995 (Dallas, TX), 2002 (Anaheim, CA), and 2005 (New Orleans, LA), 2006 (Washington, DC), and 2009 (Chicago) AORN National Congress Events. She got to enter in the Presidential Walk as part of the 2009 Congress in Chicago, and was proud to represent her chapter and the state at this important meeting/event/educational presentation.
Vicki receives an award from the American Heart Association on June 2, 2005 for saving the life of Professor Organ at the Night in Olde Vienna dinner dance, held yearly in February by the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Vicki is pictured with Professor Organ and Linda Hess as the Heart Association honor banquet.
Vicki and Al love to spend time with our pets. We loved our special kitty, Tiny Tunes. She was born on September 5, 1994, and came to live with us on Halloween Eve, 1994. Tuney passed on August 18, 2008. and not a day goes by that she isn't missed by Vicki, Al and Abe. A hole in our heart that can never be filled left us with Tuney, and we can never replace her in our lives.
Our puppy buddy in the above photo is Abe, a wonderful little Bichon Frise puppy who came to live with us in May, 2001. He was born on March 24, 2001, and loves to chew and run, and loves to travel. He also loves both sets of Grandparents very much, and enjoys spending time with them when Mommy and Daddy's schedule allows him to do so. He goes with us often, and we love having him with us. He is also popular at lessons, and sometimes makes marching band rehearsal interesting when he visits. He recently got a friend up the road named Josie, a little girl bichon owned by Vicki's Mom. Pictures coming soon!
Abe at Christmas with his Santa suit (2001).....
Abe at Grandpa St. John's Retirement Party, serving as official greeter and security (2005).......
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