Category Archives: Microsoft

When Microsoft Lays You Off ~ Tips from Someone who has been There.

For those of you who live in a cave, let me catch you up. Microsoft gave 12,500 employees walking papers last week. Note, Microsoft conducts these Reduction In Force (RIF) exercises every 3 to 5 years. This current RIF is … Continue reading

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Microsoft Live Spaces Saga Continues

This blog started on a platform called Microsoft Live Spaces. Wikipedia sez, “Windows Live Spaces was Microsoft’s blogging and social networking platform. The site was originally released in early 2004 as MSN Spaces to compete with other social networking sites, … Continue reading

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Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra is on Holiday Break

“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.” ~ Dave Barry On the tenth anniversary of this swing band … Continue reading

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New Big Band Fronts ~ You Choose

I am designing the next band fronts for my band. Do y’all have a fav?     I’m leaning toward the black background with the font from the white sample above. But I actually like all of these. We were … Continue reading

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Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra

“Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” ~ Thelonious Monk Here is one of the videos we made of the Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra last year. Enjoy.

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A year later… <queue the saxes>

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” ~ Marilyn Monroe In October 2011 I got laid off by Microsoft. I had never been laid off or fired in my adult life. It was a new and … Continue reading

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Outdoor Gigs for Big Bands

One of my bands, the Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra, had two outdoor gigs this August. Outdoor gigs are not my favorites, but playing at the Ballard Locks has always been a favorite activity for me. Here is some of the … Continue reading

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Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra ~ 2012

Last night was picture taking time with my all-time favorite band, the Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra 2012. This band is directed by Ray Guyll and consists of mostly Microsoft employees and alumni. The lead tenor and I (retired Microsoftie) are … Continue reading

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Microsoft Jazz Band Vocalists ~ 2011

I wanna give a shout out to the fab vocalists for the Microsoft Jazz Band 2011 season. The crowds loved them, danced to them, and couldn’t get enough. Much of the standard Jazz repertoire was written for the voice and … Continue reading

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Big Band Dreams and Schemes

Having started and run two big bands to date, I’m currently luvin’ my Microsoft Jazz Band. For the upcoming 2012 season though big changes are in the mix. First, I finally have a functioning brain trust  committee and one that … Continue reading

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