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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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New Music for 2017!

It has been an exciting year (and my final) at Mercer Middle-Senior High School. I am eagerly looking forward to the next chapter that begins in the Music Department at Messiah College. I will be serving as Director of Music Education for the undergraduate program. So many great faculty on staff, and it will be great working side by side with fellow composer Jim Colanna. I am pleased to share I have five new works for band coming out this...

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It truly is an honor.

Tomorrow (November 5th) I will be at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for their annual Junior High Honor Band Invitational. Dr. Jason Worzbyt (friend, colleague, and bassoonist supreme) extended an invitation to me last spring to come down and share with the students. I am so very appreciative when the invitation comes from not only a friend, but a colleague that I have the utmost respect for in the profession. I am eager to join a group 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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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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