"I was a music major at Michigan State University, where for four years I played trombone under the direction of Kenneth Bloomquist, MSU’s director of bands. He was a demanding musician and a very capable leader. He was also famous for 'Bloomquistisms.' One of his classics was 'How could you get out of bed in the morning, knowing you were going to make a mistake like that today?' Band members laughed over that (not until after rehearsal!), and I still do. Still he was a fine leader, as I said, and under his direction I learned lifelong lessons that extend far beyond music. One of the most important was another Bloomquistism: 'Don’t make soft mistakes!'”
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