Concert Band Literature

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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Musicians Concert Band

First of all, Happy Independence Day! It is a great day to celebrate our freedom, and thank the men and women who have and continue to protect it at home and abroad. I am eager looking forward to celebrating America and Patriotism next Thursday as I guest conduct The Musicians’ Concert Band at Butler Intermediate High School. This free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. It was an honor to be asked by their conductor and friend Jeff Kroner...

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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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New music for 2014!

To my friends in instrumental music education, I hope the end of your school year is going well. When you begin planning for your ensembles next year, I hope that you will consider the following two works during your evaluation process. It is tough to balance the musical developmental needs of your students against the available repertoire. There are plenty of great choices available (from many people I call friends! :)), so I thank you in...

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