I have a senior trumpet player this year. Last year, my first year of teaching band, he was also in my music theory class. This kid is smart and awesome and I’m so proud of him. He’s also in men’s quartet. Last week the quartet was reading a new piece. After class he came to my office, pointed to a double flat, and simply said ‘thank you’. Some days are stressful and difficult, but that makes it all worth it.