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July 6, 2015

My website turns 20

Since 1995, I’ve been designing, coding, and maintaining my website myself, and it had grown into a byzantine mess of barely-working PHP and CSS held together with duct-tape and hope. Things like SoundCloud, YouTube videos, online shop, etc have all been bolted on Frankenstein-style over the years. Also, it was unusable on phones (the last redesign was… continued

May 1, 2014

Concerto for Alto Saxophone

I wrote a concerto for Alto Sax and Wind Ensemble. (open http://www.concertoforaltosaxophone.com now if you want to listen while you read) It was inevitable – this was my instrument all through high school and undergrad., though now I only play very occasionally, usually in Austria with a community band there, and then only… continued

March 15, 2014

Spring 2014 World Premiere 1/4: sevenfive (band version)

I’ve been writing so much music over the past year, I haven’t taken time to talk about any of it! Tomorrow, 16 March, the Indiana All-State Honor Band, under the direction of John Lynch (Director of Bands at UGA, soon to be Sydney Conservatorium!), will premiere my brand new work, sevenfive. Based… continued

January 31, 2014

TMEA 2014

Hey y’all! (I grew up in Arkansas, I have license to say “y’all”) The Texas Music Educators Association convention is 11 days away! This year, I’ll be giving a clinic with composer Alex Shapiro, and conductors Robert Sloan and Miller Asbill covering technology and music education – everything from our pieces that use… continued

July 22, 2013

Texas Bandmasters Association 2013 Convention

I’m the “TBA 2013 Featured Composer” this week at the convention in San Antonio, TX, and having a great time! The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras Wind Ensemble gave a fantastic performance of “Suite Dreams” yesterday, and this afternoon the Cedar Park Winds are about to open their concert with “”, and tonight, the USAF… continued

November 27, 2012

Midwest 2012 – Bryant x 4

It’s only three weeks until I’m in Chicago for the 2012 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic! I haven’t been to Midwest since 2009, so I’m particularly excited return this year and see everyone’s haggard-drank-too-much-last-night-8am-concert-music-soaked visages! I’m fortunate and honored to have four performances this year, including the USAF Band performing two movements of… continued

September 19, 2012

Solace for Wind Ensemble and Electronics

My newest work for large ensemble and electronics, Solace, is now in rehearsals at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Yesterday was the first rehearsal with electronics, and the first time I’ve gotten to hear the piece – always an overwhelming experience. The band sounded great, especially since it’s still early in the process,… continued

January 28, 2012

Spring 2012 Residencies

Another full semester of guest composer residencies, world premieres, and even a little conducting in Orchestra Hall in Chicago. The festivities begin… NOW! JANUARY 28-29 [Baltimore, MD]: Peabody Conservatory – David Vickerman’s Digital Embrace, featuring Christopher Stark’s Augenblick, Jason Gerraughty’s TWEAK, and my Ecstatic Waters – a full concert of works for winds, percussion,… continued

January 27, 2012

Spring, 2012 – Three World Premieres

THREE WORLD PREMIERES in Spring 2012: I’m fortunate to have yet another very busy season to kick off 2012, including the world premieres of three new works: FEBRUARY 19th (Ball State Univ.), MARCH 1st (ABA Convention), MARCH 16th (Orchestra Hall, Chicago): Paean: Chant and Triumph, a new work for the Ball State University… continued

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