Just a few of the fond memories I have:
· The tireless work by Cliff Noakes and Wilf Froese to keep KISSM afloat in the late 1990s and early 2000s. They continued to work quietly in the background for most of the next two decades.
· KISSM Faculty tricks Concerts—See picture of Mozart's "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" in harmony on trumpet & flugelhorn.
· The KISSM Caberet fundraisers at the university in 1997 & 98 with the KISSM Faculty Big Band.
· Watching my two daughters grow up through a decade at KISSM playing violin/oboe and cello/bassoon, and finally having me as their teacher in the Senior Concert Band , New-To-You-Band, and Jazz Band.
· The years that the Thompson River flooded Riverside Park in the late spring. The south-north journey through the Lac du Bois Grasslands and Helen introducing me to the Tranquille River Ecological Reserve and a rare, exact full-moonrise & sunset while sitting high above Kamloops Lake in 2007.
· Wilf and Lorraine Froese’s hospitality and olives at every meal.
· Jordan Baker’s rise at KISSM from student, to camp helper, to board member, to SD #73 band teacher.
· The “field trips” during class to perform downtown and the KISSM evening outdoor concerts at McDonald Park, and the Riverside Park old and new Bandshells.
· The KISSM student-teacher water-duels.
· The KISSM final concerts.
· The hot & sunny weather and the torrential rain storms. Even an afternoon hail-storm at the university during KISSM in 1997—those stones hurt.
· The long bike rides to teach at KISSM. Coasting from the top of Aberdeen to the university and peddling hard back up each day in the late 1990s. The bike rides from downtown to Brocklehurst Sec. or Valleyview Sec. then back in the afternoon in the early 2000s. Then the long bike rides from Oak Hills to Sa-Hali Sec., KCS or SKSS downtown and back each day in the late 2000s and early 2010s.
· The many KISSM years I house-sat at Cees and Alison in’t Veld’s in Oak Hills.
· Helping with the KISSM 30th anniversary gala.
· Kim and her husband putting the KISSM books in order starting in 2009—and still keeping KISSM as strong as ever.
· Directing and teaching, once again, the KISSM grads that were part of the 2016-2017 SD #73 Honour Concert Band. Thank you to Don Bennett for that opportunity.
…and after all those years…I still come back to that t-shirt from 1997 for those feelings.
To quote Maya Angelou: I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.