December 20, 2011
Mike Buskirk (far right in tux) gives last minute instructions to the beginning band before they go on stage. Max Carpenter (from left to right), Kyra Ball, Angelica Poe, Hannah Osier and Samuel Beth take in what he has to say.
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Organized chaos descends: Uniform fitting, lighting, microphones, marching to the correct spot on stage, music memorization, equipment moved and set up, printing programs and certificates printed and folded. All represent activities necessary for a Rim Country Middle School concert to fly — but there’s more. Memory loss, dropped music, malfunctioning music stands, boredom, tears, stuck valves, bad rhythm and prayers also enliven the preparations. Mike Buskirk, music director for RCMS takes on all of these preparations into account with aplomb. After teaching music for 27 years, he’s learned to trust that when the curtain goes up and the house is full, the students will rise to the occasion to put on a great show.