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New music!

I am eagerly awaiting the debut of “Fanfare for Years to Come” tonight by good friend Dr. Joseph M. Pisano and the Grove City College Wind Ensemble. I wrote the work for Joe and the students in the Grove City College Band as part of my appearance there this weekend on their annual Parents Weekend Concert. The fanfare uses the college hymn as source material (“O God Our Help in Ages Past”). Their rehearsal of the work...

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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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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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Country Sketches

I am pleased to announce that Country Sketches is now available from Bandworks Publications. This two movement work encapsulates growing up on a farm in Western Pennsylvania. I am very thankful and indebted to the wonderful group of friends and colleagues who did the recording back in March. The full recording of the piece can be found by clicking here. Another thank you to Patrick Burns who has been a great friend, mentor, and encourager of...

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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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Songs of Soldiers Debut

Songs of Soldiers Debut

It was a wonderful moment to share the stage with the Musician’s Concert Band on Thursday evening as they gave the debut of “Songs of Soldiers”. I have attempted several times to arrange a work utilizing the Civil War folk song “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”, but had not been able to complete a setting to my satisfaction. At my wife’s suggestion (an elementary music teacher), I began experimenting...

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