by Musician 1st Class David Babich
Our hotel is adjacent to Northwestern University’s campus, so I headed over to the music building to get in some practice time. The temperature in the building is still set for winter-time conditions and has not been adjusted for the warmer weather. My saxophone neck strap was soaked through with sweat after an hour and a half of practicing.
I graduated from Northwestern in 2009 and it has been very inspiring to be back at my alma mater. Despite the warm weather, the practice room is calling me louder than the beach. Besides, I can still pretend I’m at the beach because the practice rooms have incredible views of the beach and Lake Michigan. The warm weather coupled with beautiful campus views made for an exhilarating morning.
The Navy Band saxophone section had lunch with Northwestern University saxophone professor, Dr. Frederick Hemke. Dr. Hemke is retiring at the conclusion of this school year after 50 years of teaching at Northwestern. Musician 1st Class Patrick Martin and I both studied with Dr. Hemke, so it was great to reconnect with him and wish him good luck in retirement.