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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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Journey to the Prairie

Journey to the Prairie

My thanks to Manhattan Beach Music for making a score image and recording of “Journey to the Prairie” available for perusal on-line. Still so very humbled by its inclusion alongside works by Michael Markowski, Joni Greene, and Jodi Blackshaw as a Frank Ticheli Composition Contest Award Winner. The piece remains a unique experience – outside of dynamics, articulations, and rehearsal numbers, it was completed over the course of...

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New music at FJH & Rising Winds from the Valley!

New music at FJH & Rising Winds from the Valley!

Now at FJH, you can view images of both The Last Stagecoach Heist and Jubilant Flourishes online while listening to streaming audio! The Last Stagecoach Heist works well as a programmatic work for JH/MS Ensembles, while the bold beginnings of Jubilant Flourishes lend themselves to a concert opener. Also of interest for those looking for music at the Grade 3-3.5 level may be Rising Winds from the Valley, now available from Bandworks Publications....

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Featured Music at CMU Pre-College Summer Camp

I am pretty excited to be included on the CMU Pre-College Summer Wind Ensemble program on Saturday, July 21, 2012. The Wind Ensemble is once again under the direction of a great colleague and conductor, Mr. Drew Fennell. I had the pleasure of catching up with Drew a few weeks ago – a long overdue visit for both of us, but a great visit nonetheless. Drew previously programmed Shine! with the group in 2009, and I am pleased for him to give...

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