Updated: May 21, 2021
"Onward..." It's the most fitting way I can think to describe this next chapter of my life.
After three years as the assistant low brass professor at Southeastern University, I have made the decision to step away from my position and endeavor on a new journey as a full-time entrepreneur and private low brass instructor. It wasn't an easy decision to make, nor one I made lightly, but after careful consideration with my wife and much prayer, we determined with God's guidance that it was the right choice.
I'm incredibly grateful for my time at Southeastern. I treasure the opportunity I was given to nurture and cultivate the musical talent of students, together with my colleagues. Ultimately, I believe we gave our best effort to enriching the lives of our students through the gift of music, and I'm blessed to have helped play a role in shaping the futures of the next generation of music performers, educators and professionals.
But as the first sentence of this post says, it's time to move "onward."
With that thought in mind, I'm excited to share with all of you the launch of D. Mirvil Music, LLC. My wife and I have been working behind the scenes for the last several months to prepare for this moment, but truthfully, this business has been nearly 15 years in the making -- since 2004 (yes, eons ago) when I first started teaching private lessons to young trombonists and other low brass instrumentalists.
Teaching is one of my true passions. Seeing the way a student's eyes light up when they learn a new technique, or witnessing a student who never imagined they'd be "good enough" to make the All-State Band ace their audition, is incredibly rewarding. It's why I'm grateful for this season, which for the time being, will be spent focusing solely on this passion.
I still hope to take my talents to another college or university someday, but for now, I'm happy to give this business, my current student-clients and the ones to come, my full time and attention. So, if you're a low brass instrumentalist, band director or music educator, who's ready to discover how we can work together to achieve your musical goals, hit me up through the "Contact" form below.
"Thanks for coming to my TED Talk."
Until next time... onward.