by: Paul Adam Smeltz
I attended my first COTA concert way back in 1986. I fell in love with it. However, every year after that, the job I happened to have scheduled me to work the weekend of the festival. I found myself unemployed during 1999 COTA and decided to see if it was good as I remembered it. It was even better. Now I always let my perspective employers know I needed the COTA weekend off or I can’t work for them.
Since then, I’ve been given the opportunity to volunteer as part of COTA Security. This position not only allowed me to serve those attending the festival, but also gave me the chance to meet many of the performers backstage. I love meeting with the people who come to watch, perform, and volunteer at COTA so much that I mark my calendar and plan my whole year around it.