Somebody sign this kid up; A New York City elementary school lost its band teacher, and the district said it couldn't afford to hire a new one. So an 11-year old student stepped in and now leads a small band that plays pop songs and has performed at a districtwide event and will even play for graduation in a few weeks.
So hats off to the student, Paul Sheriff (who plays saxophone as well as piano), and here's hoping that the school will get its music program back next year after Paul graduates. (Want to help the school out? Email the principal through a link at the bottom of the story linked above.)
Blowing out the candles: Happy birthday to my "assistant coach" Gordon and my graduating senior student Andrew (who's been with me all seven years of secondary school).