Elementary Band Literature

New Music for 2018-19

It is hard to believe that summer is approaching August 1. Knowing that school is around the corner for many friends and colleagues in the band world, I wanted to share four new works that have been published that may be of interest to school bands during the upcoming school year. There is a great deal of variety between their styles, and each piece offers an enjoyable musical challenge for your students. For elementary bands, I would encourage...

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PMEA District 7 Professional Development Day

I am honored to be included among the list of presenters at the PMEA District 7 Professional Development Day on Monday, October 9, 2017. The event, held at Ephrata Middle School, will feature over 30 sessions for in-service and pre-service music educators in the Harrisburg region. My three sessions throughout the day include: Even Directors need P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E! (Planning, Repertoire, Assessment, Concerts, The “T’s” of...

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In a Summer Daze

When was July 4th? Same time as last year? When did that happen? I guess I am in a “summer daze”… To all my band director friends and colleagues, I hope you are enjoying a great summer – time to refresh and refocus. Before long many of us (including yours truly) will be back into marching band camps and rehearsals. Just around the next corner a new year begins and our concert bands begin. If you have not received the...

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Updated Composition List (QR Codes)

Best wishes to directors everywhere who are about to start up their school year. I hope those with marching bands had a successful camp. For the benefit of a busy director who would just like to listen to a score with out too much effort, I have created a list of my works for concert band at all levels with QR Codes. Scan the code and it will take you right to a recording of the work. Thanks again for your support, and please feel free to...

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PMEA Summer Conference 2015

I am looking forward to presenting tomorrow at the 2015 PMEA Summer Conference in Harrisburg tomorrow. The session is entitled “Even ensemble directors need P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.” (focusing on Planning, Repertoire, Assessment, Concerts, T’s of the Rehearsal, Instruction, Creativity, and Ethics and Emotion). This session includes a blend of recent research in music education, and interactive discussion of best practice and new ideas....

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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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