I spent the weekend with friends and colleagues at Wright State University in Dayton, OH for the 2013 American Innovators Festival at Wright State University. We celebrated the music of Stuart Saunders Smith through a series of lectures, paper presentations, and performances. I presented a paper entitled “Theatrical Music for Solo Percussion” and performed Smith’s The Authors. What an incredible event! I learned a lot. Thanks to Stuart and Sylvia Smith, Franklin Cox, Wright State University Percussion Studio, Gerry Noble, and my sponsors Innovative Percussion and Remo Drumheads!