by Tom McCaslin
“If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development.”
Greetings ITEA! I am very pleased to join the ITEA and accept the appointment from Dennis AsKew to be the new ITEA Historian. I would like to thank Dennis for approaching me about this post and to recognize the outstanding contributions of Carole Nowicke who did a wonderful job in this position for many years. Thank you Carole!
Many projects are on the horizon in the upcoming years, and this will undoubtedly help us provide a better idea for what really constitutes our “history.” Our libraries need to be consolidated, catalogued, and examined. Recordings from past conferences need to be sorted through and shared. I’m excited to take a bite into it all and see not only what we’ve done but also how it can help us move forward. History, as described by Thucydides, is, “Philosophy teaching by examples.”
What examples can help us as performers, students, pedagogues and enthusiasts?
I write this column as I sit in the beautiful surroundings of Northern Quebec at Domaine Forget. Listening to Roger Bobo give lessons and a masterclass reminds me that our history as an organization is intertwined around all of us. It’s a way for us to connect and share all of the wisdom, opinions, and developments of our small world. It may not seem unique to us now that we can connect with nearly anyone, anywhere, and anytime.
Imagine some 35 years ago when a photocopied newsletter was the only way to know what was happening across the North America! I do not intend to simply report lists of past events but hopefully challenge us to question, investigate our history as we evolve. Just as Roger Bobo made history in Carnegie Hall, Øystein Baadsvik, for example, is right now making history on Youtube. Just as a small group of inspired tubists invented T.U.B.A, the ITEA is making history with a quarterly journal and launching of a new website, with many other integral publications on the horizon.
Let’s continue to be not only curious of our past but challenge it as well! Let the conversation begin! Please contact me with any questions, opinions, or thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.