What an honor to be part of my home state of Illinois, music conference. The students were curious and inquisitive. A young chorus broke into song in the booth across from me. They were excellent! It was great to see familiar faces and meet many new band directors, musicians, and exhibitors. Always so much to see and learn. It was a treat to hang with my old band mate bassist Viktor Krauss. He currently resides in Nashville where he tours and records with Lyle Lovett and many others. He was at IMEC with his group to run a composition workshop and also perform his music. Great compositions and world class playing. If you're planning to attend next year, please drop by and say hello!