I just retired on Friday, June 24th from twenty-eight years of teaching music, sixteen of those years at Inter-Lakes Jr./Sr. High School in Meredith, New Hampshire. As I head into real estate full-time, after the last five years as a part-time Realtor in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, I want to send a huge thank you to all the students who have been members of my bands and music classes over the years. The reason I enjoyed what I did so immensely and seemed to stay young was because every day they brought with them an exhilaration to the music room that was infectious.It was their love of making music, quality music, not only in the band, jazz ensemble, and chorus but in the guitar class or the 8th grade electronic digital music workstation class that was the reason my wife Carol would say to me over the years, Ive never ever heard you complain about going to work. It was one of the high points of my life working with these amazing students in 7th - 12th grade. They allowed me to go out on a high note. Both my Inter-Lakes High School Band and Jazz Ensemble scored superior ratings at the Hershey in the Park Music Festival on June 4th. They were spectacular! If there was ever a testament to the importance that the role of music plays in the public schools and how it contributes in immense ways to the education of our young people, than what the students who shared their love and dedication to what music could mean to them in their lives did on June 4th was truly an experience for me to behold and treasure the rest of my life. In closing I thank the Inter-Lakes students, administrators, schoolboard, and parents for all you done for and given me over these last sixcteen years of my life. You have contributed to me in so many ways and I have been blessed to have been allowed to be a part of your lives.