by The Midwest International Clinic in Chicago was great opportunity for recruiting students, meeting educators, visiting arts schools--and networking. In August, 1975, I started my first teaching job at Drake University in Des Moines (1975-83). It was the perfect job in so many ways. I was 22 years-old (about to turn 23) and there were so many wonderful students and faculty colleagues. Jerry Tolson was an upper classman and someone who I admired as a musician, educator and professional (yes, as a student he was a leader and held himself in a mature way--beyond his years). He's on the faculty at the University of Louisville (lucky them) and it was great to see him again.