Programming Ideas

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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A Scottish Sunrise Debut!

Many thanks to Mark Falvo and Eric Schrader for inviting me to write for the students of the Canon-McMillan “Big Mac” Band this past year. They delivered a wonderful debut of “A Scottish Sunrise” on May 14th. The piece begins at the 53′ mark on the video. Congratulations Mark, Eric, and students on a great performance! The piece is now available from Wingert-Jones music, and received an Editor’s Choice Award...

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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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Middle School/Junior High Band Literature

First of all, thanks to friends and colleagues who sent me messages regarding my post about Elementary Band Literature. Though I have not written a wealth of pieces at that grade level, I will say in most cases they are challenging to write in a different way than some of the pieces I have completed at higher grade levels. It is always an honor to learn a piece has been selected for use with younger musicians, so thank you in advance should one...

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