It truly is an honor.

Tomorrow (November 5th) I will be at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for their annual Junior High Honor Band Invitational. Dr. Jason Worzbyt (friend, colleague, and bassoonist supreme) extended an invitation to me last spring to come down and share with the students. I am so very appreciative when the invitation comes from not only a friend, but a colleague that I have the utmost respect for in the profession. I am eager to join a group of...

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Music is the Gift!

As a music educator of over twenty years and a parent of school age children, I don’t always attend a live concert where I don’t have a vested interest. If I am not thinking about how my own students might do, I am a proud father hanging on each note my own children perform. One might think someone in my position might take for granted what a wonderful gift music can be. On Friday evening, February 19, Dr. R. Tad Greig and his students at...

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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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Fanfare on Themes of Davenport

My thanks and appreciation to mentor and long-time friend Dr. Edwin P. Arnold for including Fanfare on Themes of Davenport on his program for the 2012 PMEA All-State Concert Band. The work was originally debuted by The Grove City College Wind Ensemble at their 2007 PMEA All-State Performance in Hershey. The piece is a homage to the leading authority in music education in the keystone, and borrows from Davenport’s rousing “Salute to...

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30 days of Life, Love, & Music

I don’t even know where to begin after the last 30 days, but it has been exciting, thought-provoking, reflective, and emotional.  “Moravian Dance” (PMEA District 5 Band), “For the Love of a Soldier” (PMEA District3 JH Band), and “Shine!” (YSU University Band) have enjoyed great performances – my thanks to Jack Anderson (University of Pittsburgh) and David M. Blon (YSU Graduate Assistant &...

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Soldier debut and new recordings

It was a great day yesterday at Marion Center with the PMEA District 3 Junior High Honor Band. I was able to share some good music with a great bunch of students and directors – including “Supsended Animation” (Patrick Burns), “Marching Song” (Holst), and the world debut of “For the Love a Soldier”.  The 6th Grade Honor Band was under the direction of friend and colleague Mike Grady – it was great...

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