Midlife Crisis - Noun. 1. a period of psychological stress occurring in middle age, thought to be triggered by a physical, occupational or domestic event, diminution of physical prowess, job loss, or departure of children from the home.
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Here is a recording of the latest episodes of my podcast: My Midlife Crisis. I’ve been wanting to do a podcast for a very long time, and now I think I found a topic I can talk about. There is no real focus to the podcast, it’s going to be a lot of me talking about how I’m going through this transitional phase of my life. I talk about leaving public school teaching, dealing with recent life events, and the various hobbies I enjoy. If you like what you hear, contact information is listed at the beginning of each podcast.
Keeping Live Music Alive
In 2014, I was in a session being presented by James Levine during my Third Year at the American Band College. The focus of his session was all about getting music out to the public. Later that week, during our day off, my roommate and I visited the Redwood Forest in Northern California. I vividly remember Mr. Levine saying: “If you can’t get the audience to the music, bring the music to the audience.” So I decided to bring my tuba to the hike with us. We did a few hikes all along the road that traverses the Redwood Forest, and then we found a beautiful little hike that lead to a wide open grove. It was the perfect place to set up shop and do some playing. I hiked the 1.5 miles back to the car, picked up my horn, and set out to play in this exceptional venue. After about 30 minutes of playing, I realized that this was my new obsession. It was physical, musical, and entertaining to the other people in the park. In 2015 when I returned for my final summer at ABC (located in Southern Oregon), my roommate (same guy) and I hiked to the top of Crater Lake (Garfield Point) with my tuba. In 2016 I plan on at least one more hike, and now that I have the time for it, I am training for more strenuous endeavors. As more happen, they will be added to this part of my website.
Matthew Bock (b.1978) was born in New York City, raised in suburban New Jersey, and now lives in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun. For the past 14 years, Matt has served as Band Director to thousands of students in high school both in Arizona and New Jersey. He was educated in New Jersey, graduating Montclair State University in 2002, and recently earned a Masters Degree through the American Band College of Sam Houston State University.
As an educator, ensembles under Matt’s direction have earned numerous recognitions from Gold Ratings to being named a Grammy Signature School. Numerous students in Matt’s programs were accepted into Regional and All-State Honor Ensembles, and several have pursued careers in various aspects of the music industry. The Paradise Valley Community College Concert Band was founded under his direction in 2015, and has grown significantly since that time.
Since starting playing the tuba in 4th grade, Matt has enjoyed an eclectic lifetime of performances. In 2001 and 2003 he toured with the New Jersey Ambassadors of Music in Europe, and was a featured soloist at concerts in England and France. While in New Jersey, Matt enjoyed playing tuba in the community. He was a part of the Imperial Brass (British Brass Band), Sussex County and Livingston Orchestras, and the Rockaway Township Community Band. Since relocating to Arizona, Matt has enjoyed playing with both the Arizona Wind Symphony and Tempe Winds, where he currently sits as Principal Tuba. During his career, Matt has played in concerts with numerous guest soloists and conductors with more to come in the future. In addition to playing tuba, Matt teaches students privately.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys hiking with his wife Jenn around the Southwest United States. He also specializes in baking cheesecake from a secret family recipe. Starting in 2016 Matt will be starting many new adventures in his post teaching life, and it is chronicled in the podcast below.
This is a feed to my Blog. It will cover exclusively band/conducting topics that I want to let out that would be just too boring for the podcast if you're not into that stuff. Enjoy!
Conductor, Performer, Teacher, and Creator