National Flute Association conventions are always an invigorating four days filled with wonderful performances, learning opportunities, exhibits, and friendships – new and old. Where else can one hear Baroque flute, beatbox, klezmer, and jazz all in the same day? …or be introduced to the astonishing youngsters of tomorrow, brimming with technical facility and artistic passion, on the same program one pays tribute to such venerable luminaries as the 93-year old Bill Hebert, former piccoloist of the Cleveland Orchestra?
I look at the above photo, and smile. …two of my favorite people – David Straubinger (Straubinger Flutes) and Paul Chang (Ochres Music). As with so many others I saw at the convention, my path crossed with these two, and was changed forever for the better. Every year, there are new flutes, new innovations, new compositions. But the foundation of it all is a shared history with the many flutists – friends and colleagues – that make an indelible mark on your music and your life.