I was very surprised and humbled to find out that I was promoted at the beginning of August. Being promoted, however, meant about 6 weeks of military training which left little time for practicing. The 6-week training concluded this past Tuesday with an incredible ceremony. Now, I am back in the saddle and trying to get my chops back to where they need to be. It's a good thing, too, because the band's schedule is really starting to ramp up!