Tonight, the USNA Band will perform our Dock Finale. It should be a great show! I will be performing with the Concert Band, Brass Quintet and the Crabtowne Stompers. It is a lot of playing but is only a microcosm of what this summer has been like. We have performed a lot this summer season, including late nights followed by early mornings. Summer is always like this and it reminds me of why I need to focus on fundamental trumpet playing. Through the year, I try to work on fundamentals daily. The summer, however, is just a game of survival, so I can't always get in long practice sessions. I often times need to trust the work I've done leading up to the summer and lean on that work for a couple of months. It's always a good lesson for me and this summer has been no different. Following tonight's concert, I will go to bed and then wake up at 5am for a parade. Then, I will say goodbye to yet another successful summer season. At that point, it will be back to basics!