The Beat was, for sure, including two years as a band director. And when the conversation turned to high school band stories (The Beat once cut black felt from the inside of our trombone case to make a bow tie for a concert at which we accidentally left the real one at home) in the newsroom, it was nostalgia time.

But not totally, as we've also recently been in conversation with an old friend about his son's first year (fifth grade) vplaying trombone in the school band. Our friend came seeking advice, and doesn't that feel good. It also feels good to catch up, and feels good to know there's a new generation digging the trombone.