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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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Figuring It Out One Note at a Time

Where did all this music come from? My role as a composer has become an integral component of my philosophy and my daily walk as a music educator.  Since my time as an undergraduate student I have always held an interest in arranging and composition for instrumental ensembles, but after taking my first teaching position I found my duties did not allow me to devote the proper time to this art. I found myself often envious of colleagues who had...

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New Classics?

Quick: Name three composers of wind band literature whose music was written before 1950 that will still be revered in the year 2020? That should be a fairly easy question for any conductor who has studied scores and understands the pieces that have been at the foundation of the American Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. Name three composers who wrote music for wind ensembles or concert bands between the years of 1950 and 1980 and will still be...

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