Today of all days is particularly special. 20 years ago today (4/17/1994) I was inducted into Phi Mu Alpha fraternity. We're a professional music fraternity, not just a generic greek social organization. So we all have a musical connection. My principal instrument was voice, but I also played piano and guitar back then (neither of them very well). It's very interesting to see how many different directions my pledge class has gone in the last 20 years.
My pledge class had 6 men and we pledged under 36 brothers. Now, the 6 of us are all over the place. I'm a software developer and can't believe I still sing in a church choir. One guy is a firefighter on the coast now, another is a Drill Seargent in the Marines (and very high ranking). One plays bass for a guitar phenom in Kentucky after retiring from the Army, and another teaches music at an English speaking school in Romania. And then there's Josh Day. He was the drummer for Sara Bareillis for the last 9 years, and also played on tour with Maroon 5 and has appeared on countless studio records. I'm very proud of all of my pledge brothers. But I swear it doesn't feel like it's been 20 years since we were all skinny freshmen at Appalachian State, music majors with a common and lifelong bond.
I'm still looking for some of the pictures from back then, but here's one from last year. The last of our gang finally got married, and we all sang one of our fraternity songs at his wedding. Apparently, she had no idea that was coming and we really got her.
|A serenade to a girl at evening|
|I still look cool|
|My pledge paddle was a piano with all of my pledge brothers names on it too|
|shingles, hat, pledge books, and paddle|
|silly Evil Genius try to play my paddle.|
Once A Sinfonian, Always a Sinfonian. Long Live Sinfonia!