Music Education

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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PMEA 2014 – Concerts That Connect!

Thank you to those that attended my session at PMEA 2014 “Concerts That Connect!” It was great to see many friends and colleagues in the session, a number of music education majors, and others from across the Keystone. My apologies that I ran short of papers, but you may click here to get a copy of the handout. At the suggestion of a colleague, I am going to publish a repertoire list in the coming weeks of pieces that I have used...

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Central York Epilogue and 2014 PMEA State Conference

It was a wonderful two days with the Central York Bands. Jim Martini, Rick Worley, and John Moyer were gracious and fantastic hosts. Their students were wonderful and he concert last Tuesday was awesome! I was proud to share that stage with those great students, and special thanks to the CYSH Symphonic Band for giving “Shine!” new life on the stage. You can check out the new recording of “Shine!” (taken from our Tuesday...

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Off to Clarion!

I am looking forward to work with the Clarion-Union-Brookville Honor Band this weekend at Clarion High School. Special thanks to Tim Stevenson, Chris Curry, and Lisa Hummel who extended this invitation- they are fantastic people, educators, and directors. The program includes Pageant (Persichetti), A Festival Prelude (Reed), Harford Rhapsody (Patrick Burns), Noble Men (Fillmore), and A Frontier Fought and A City Found (Weller).

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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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New Music for 2013-2014

I am pleased to officially announce several new works currently in production that will be available this summer for concert band & wind ensemble. You can listen to these works on a variety of platforms including SoundCloud, Facebook, and my composition page here. Sonic Ascent is a beginning band work that uses only the first 6 notes of a B-flat concert scale. It is an energetic concert opener for young musicians that will be available from...

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