(Harbert, Michigan) I made a play date recently with Ellen Elrick to perform some pieces from a book of duets for flute and clarinet. Ellen, of course, is a master flautist and teacher, and I am but a humble student of the clarinet. She nonetheless accepted, and she gave me a master class in our Red Barn a few weeks back. Then, when we were finished, I told her I’d like to play a solo work from the book my teacher, Jason Gresl, ordered for me: Cool School by Chris Gumbley. When the book came all the way from London, I fell instantly in love with Gumbley’s haunting piece, appropriately titled, Haunting. And so I played it for Ellen that day at the Red Barn, and so she said: “Why don’t you play that for the Variety Show?” She was directing said Variety Show on Saturday, July 30, 2016, and so I could not say no. And so, despite a serious case of stage fright, I took the stage at the Red Barn Saturday night and played Haunting, standing up no less. Jason said it would be good for me to perform in public, and it was. But it was even better watching the rest of the amazing Variety Show Ellen and her assistants and amazing cast put together for us in the Red Barn.