January 2016 President’s Message
Hello DAMTA members,
Happy New Year DAMTA members! I hope you all had a great holiday season and are ready to get back in the swing of things in 2016!
I had a couple of experiences I want to share with you from the holidays. First, I had the opportunity to play at a Christmas party. I hadn’t played a “gig” like that for at least 10 years, and I really enjoyed it. Later, I played on Christmas Eve when we got together with my daughter and her family. They really enjoyed singing Christmas songs together.
Then my wife and I hosted a New Year’s Day (not Eve) party and had about 25 people over to our house. I didn’t play that day, but had the best time ever seeing a bunch of friends and family. I think I enjoyed seeing them interact with each other even more than I enjoyed them myself (and I had a really great time doing that!)
The point of all this is that I realized looking at it all, how much pleasure there is in the company of friends and family. It’s so much more valuable than all the material things we obsess over. Cars, houses and gadgets can’t give me nearly the satisfaction of seeing people laughing, talking and smiling.
Which brings me to you, my fellow DAMTA members. I am so grateful to have this organization where we can get together, and learn and talk about our shared passion; teaching music! I’m looking forward to the rest of the year and seeing you all each month! It’s always a pleasure. Thank you for the honor of being your president!
By the way, we are in need of a new DAMTA secretary. Please contact me if you can help our group out in this way. It’s a voting position, so it would give you greater input on DAMTA decisions.
Think it over! Let me know if you are interested!
Vince Madison
DAMTA President


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