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Blair County, Canon-McMillan, and Baldwin: A busy spring!

A busy spring begins in just a few short weeks with the Blair County JH Honors Band. After that, debuts abound, clinics come round, and I even get to see the 6 foot rat that lives in Florida! I am eagerly looking forward to guest conducting the Blair County Junior High Honors in February. It is always an honor to be asked to guest conduct, especially when it comes from educators who do what I do on a daily basis. My thanks to Kris Laird for...

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Let Them Soar!

Pleased to announce that “Let Them Soar!” is now available from Bandworks Publications! This new dynamic work for young band celebrates the amazing performances that young musicians  are able to produce. It reminds director, student, and audience alike how important opportunities in the performing  arts are for young musicians. Bold and energetic themes are contrasted against subtle textures in this triumphant anthem for young...

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Pride!

I am eagerly looking forward to spending the day on Monday and Tuesday with the Westmoreland Middle School Concert Band and their director Mrs. Kristyn Cutler. Westmoreland commissioned me a year ago for a new work for the final concert of the year, and on Monday evening, “Pride!” will be given it’s world debut by the Westmoreland Middle School Concert Band. The title of the work takes its inspiration from the motto of their...

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Central York Epilogue and 2014 PMEA State Conference

It was a wonderful two days with the Central York Bands. Jim Martini, Rick Worley, and John Moyer were gracious and fantastic hosts. Their students were wonderful and he concert last Tuesday was awesome! I was proud to share that stage with those great students, and special thanks to the CYSH Symphonic Band for giving “Shine!” new life on the stage. You can check out the new recording of “Shine!” (taken from our Tuesday...

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Dream Chaser (A New Day Has Begun)

Dream Chaser (A New Day Has Begun)

Dream Chaser is a spirited concert opener for high school band that captures the energy and emotion of those who choose to follow their dreams in any walk of life. The buoyant melodies of the opening measures later give way to a powerful and expressive section with brief solo opportunities for flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and baritone. The piece concludes with both main themes returning in an exciting, flourishing,...

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Winds of a New Day on Youtube!

Winds of a New Day on Youtube!

My thanks to Edward Petersen and the Washington Winds for sharing a behind the scenes look at the Barnhouse Recording sessions for 2012. The group is performing “Winds of a New Day”, a concert opener at the grade 1.5 level for the Rising Band Series at Barnhouse. A full recording and score image can be found at the Barnhouse website. This works very well for a younger group, and I am proud to have it included in the Barnhouse...

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