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J. Daniel Ashton

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Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, —Ecclesiastes 9:10a NIV
The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands:
"See that justice is done,
let mercy be your first concern,
and humbly obey your God." —Micah 6:8, CEV
With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment.
Always let Him lead you, and He will clear the road for you to follow. —Proverbs 3:5,6 CEV

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Montgomery Philharmonic

Just a quick dump of something that's on my mind today: Early in January I began playing violin with the Montgomery Philharmonic, a community symphony based in nearby Gaithersburg. I was initially hoping for a group that would push my abilities, perhaps even something approaching the minor-league professional orchestras, such as the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, where I played for ten years.

While this fledgling ensemble has not yet attained to those standards, I realized that this orchestra could well meet my family's needs. They need players in the string bass section, and part of the mission of the group is to introduce students to orchestra playing.

So we will be attending the next rehearsal as a family, and 75% of the family will be experiencing their first orchestra rehearsal beyond CMW.