Life & Music

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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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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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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Thanks Tuba Exchange!

On a personal musicianship “note”, I am upgrading my personal inventory and have acquired a new tuba. One of the advantages of music clinics and conferences is having multiple instrument companies present with a wide variety of horns to “test drive”. I took some time at the Midwest clinic this past December and did so. After playing on 14 different tubas from 8 different companies, I came back to the Tuba Exchange from...

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An open letter about auditions…

I write tonight to a group of students who will audition for the PMEA District 5 Honor Band tomorrow night. I am proud of them as musicians and people for what they have chosen to do. >>>>><<<<< Dear Andrea, Janalyn, Lindsey, Jordyn, Sami, Abby, Kyle, Kyle, Ryan, Dakota, Andrew, and Chris, I am excited for you. Tomorrow is Honors Band Auditions, and I am excited for you. I hope you are excited to continue on this...

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The Long Road of the Dissertation

As I near completion of my dissertation and prepare for my defense, it is interesting to reflect back on where I was as an advocate, composer, conductor, and educator just five short years ago. There are certainly days when I feel no smarter than when I started my first doctoral class, and I had I read up on Donald Hodges there is no doubt it would have gone better! For better, for worse, and somewhere in between the end is almost in sight. I...

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