SAN ANTONIO--I'm here for my annual trip to the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) convention. After I finished talking some shop with a colleague who disembarked on a lower floor, an older couple in the hotel elevator asked me, "Is there some sort of band competition going on this weekend?"
I tried to
explain (in a mere three floors' worth of elevator ride) how TMEA was a
lot more than just "some sort of band competition" and how it was
attended by most of the music educators in Texas and even from other
LADY: So they do what--they practice?
ME: Yes, the
all-state groups rehearse, but there are also clinics, concerts,
exhibits, things like that. We probably have around 10,000 people here.
LADY: I believe that; I think we've seen most of them.