Concert Band Literature

Songs of Soldiers Debut

Songs of Soldiers Debut

It was a wonderful moment to share the stage with the Musician’s Concert Band on Thursday evening as they gave the debut of “Songs of Soldiers”. I have attempted several times to arrange a work utilizing the Civil War folk song “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”, but had not been able to complete a setting to my satisfaction. At my wife’s suggestion (an elementary music teacher), I began experimenting...

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A Scottish Sunrise Debut!

Many thanks to Mark Falvo and Eric Schrader for inviting me to write for the students of the Canon-McMillan “Big Mac” Band this past year. They delivered a wonderful debut of “A Scottish Sunrise” on May 14th. The piece begins at the 53′ mark on the video. Congratulations Mark, Eric, and students on a great performance! The piece is now available from Wingert-Jones music, and received an Editor’s Choice Award...

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Summer 2015 – The Days Are Just Packed!

Hello friends and colleagues! I hope all of you have experienced a successful end to your school year and are ready to recharge this summer. Some exciting news to report with some new music out, and some some clinic work. I am looking forward to presenting a couple of clinics at the PMEA 2015 Summer Conference in Harrisburg in July. I was certainly surprised to be invited to present, and am honored to be asked. If you are in the Keystone and...

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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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Middle School/Junior High Band Literature

First of all, thanks to friends and colleagues who sent me messages regarding my post about Elementary Band Literature. Though I have not written a wealth of pieces at that grade level, I will say in most cases they are challenging to write in a different way than some of the pieces I have completed at higher grade levels. It is always an honor to learn a piece has been selected for use with younger musicians, so thank you in advance should one...

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Elementary Band Literature

I’ve had a couple of inquiries from friends and colleagues about beginning band literature that I have completed. Below are a series of short links with suggestions on level of ensemble, and a few technical notes. In all cases, you can view a score image and listen to the recording as well. Best wishes to all elementary band directors as they will start many a great musician on their journey in the arts in just a few weeks. Sonic Ascent...

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