My singular New Year’s resolution going into 2020 was to enjoy as many live music concerts as possible. Long before I accepted a one-year contract to be the Music teacher at SoBoCo Primary School in 2019, music had been a big part of my life. When I was young, a million years ago, I played trombone and baritone horn well enough to earn college scholarship offers. After my playing days were over, I hosted a blues show on 88.1 KCOU, Mizzou’s student-run radio station. Over the years, I continued to listen to and appreciate all kinds of music, always striving to broaden my musical horizons.

Travis Naughton

Teaching music to young people helped me remember just how important music is to me. As 2020 approached, music was once again a huge part of my life. I directed a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood-themed concert featuring my second graders in November. The following month I directed my kindergarteners in a delightful holiday concert and lead the whole school in a light-hearted holiday sing-a-long. I even managed to attend a few live shows here and there, including an unforgettable concert by Here Come The Mummies, a funk band that you have to see in person to truly appreciate. No matter how much music there was in my life, I couldn’t get enough of it.

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