DEAR NANCY ALLEN

Nancy Allen. A name you may have heard of, a face you’ll remember, a laugh and smile you’ll never forget, and one of the most influential people I have ever met.

For those of you who don’t know Nancy, she is Music Education Professor at Viterbo University,  founder of Platinum Edition Show Choir, an extremely talented musician, a dedicated and loving friend, and a mom to every student that steps into her life.

I have known Nancy for just over 10 years, and it all began on the campus of Viterbo University.  Within my time at that College, which I’ll be honest, I really only went to Music and Show Choir classes.  Sorry Mom and Dad…but it’s the experiences that make us who we are today right?!

But anyways, my time at Viterbo seemed to have one thing in common, Nancy.  Between singing in Show Choir, Barbershop Quartets, Choirs, A Cappella groups, dog walking Max, palm readings, and just having someone to look up to and have guidance from, Nancy would always be there supporting any and everyone along their journey.

So I just want to say thank you.  Thank you Nancy for leaving a footprint in my lifelong path of who I am today.  It is a blessing I am still able to work with you, and continue to see your work as you inspire so many students on a regular basis.

Below is the song “Season of Love” performed at Nancy’s 20th Anniversary Alumni Celebration show this past fall.  Among the performers are 13 of the original Platinum Edition Members, along with over 30 alumni that came back for this special 20 year event as well as the current Platinum Edition members.  Enjoy!

 

 

We’re Expecting!

Disclaimer…This single dad is not expecting any baby in the near future.  So here we go…

First off, thank God for family!  I mean seriously.

Secondly I have to state I probably have the worst memory out of everyone in my family.  Perhaps it’s the abundance of fun I had when growing up, or perhaps the creative mind that gets distracted too easily.  Either way my brother texted me tonight asking if I could send the link for the video I created several years ago to announce my youngest son’s birth to my family, and I had completely forgotten I had even created it!

So as most curious minds are, I set off on a mission to dig through countless files on my Mac, and finally found it!

It’s always fun to revive something created from the past.  It usually can bring back those lost forgotten memories which can be good or bad, but in my case, a very critical critic of my own work examining everything I shoulda woulda coulda have done.

But if anything, I can look back and relive the day I forced my family into the living room of my parents house to show them this video I created.  It was a fun moment in time, and all I can remember is that my mom was the last person to pick up on the message that we were actually having a baby.

So I hope you enjoyed!  Again…no baby for this guy anytime soon.

Meet The Dollipops!

A few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to put a little promotional video for the Children’s Musical group called The Dollipops!  It was a fantastic show!  The crowd was engaged, the kids were singing, and they even had the adults dancing!  If you’re ever looking to hire a fun entertaining kid friendly duo, look no further than The Dollipops!

Check them out @  www.thedollipops.com

 

2017 Zimmerman Walk-A-Thon Promo

Every year Westwood Elementary and Zimmerman Elementary join forces to have their Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser walk to the local Zimmerman Fire Station!  100% of all the proceeds go back to the school for various things such as school supplies, technology, reduced field trip fees, and much more!  Come join the fun on October 6th, 2017 to walk along with the students, friends, and families of the Zimmerman community!