I am neither a saxophonist nor a graduate of The University of Michigan, but I have many friends who are. And today, they are celebrating the career and legacy of the great Donald Sinta, who has taught many of my friends who are saxophonists and graduates of The University of Michigan.
Outside of a few brief email exchanges, I have never met Professor Sinta. Unlike those who are gathering today in Ann Arbor to honor him as he begins his retirement, I have no personal stories to tell or roasts to make, as often happens at these gatherings.
But, in short, I am grateful to Professor Sinta for his legacy: An incredible group of the some of the finest musician-saxophonists in the United States and the world, who play all music (Holy smokes! They play mine too!) with meticulous technique, brilliant artistry and unbridled joy because of his guidance.
So, Professor Sinta, Thanks for Everything! I hope our paths cross sometime soon. Best wishes to you for an enjoyable retirement.