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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

January 9, 2012

W. Francis McBeth 1933-2012

My mentor, first composition teacher, and friend, Dr. Francis McBeth passed away on Jan. 6th. He was a great teacher – funny, wise, sharp as a tack, with strong opinions on how music should sound.  Every note I’ve written in the past 21 years bears his mark in some way, and it’s no exaggeration to… continued

March 19, 2010

BCM on the radio – Wind & Rhythm

BCM will be on the radio this weekend. Full info below from the Wind&Rhythm website:Episode 79: Rivers, Pools, Storms, and FountainsA recent article in “Listen, Life with Classical Music” quoted a friend of mine, Mark Morette proclaiming his Roman Trilogy is the best band CD ever! I know and trust him and so we’ll… continued

December 23, 2009

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The blog takes a back seat…Since I’m not particularly consistent at actual blogging, and in recent times posts have dwindled to simple “here’s what I’m up to” (and not even that, in the last two months I’ve had two premieres and nary a word here!!), I’ve restructured the front page of my site to pull… continued

October 13, 2009

From Michigan to Miami

Catching up…Had a great trip to Michigan for the Univ. Michigan Symphony Band’s performance of Ecstatic Waters. Hill Auditorium makes the electronics crystal clear – it was easy (to my ears) to pick out the acoustic vs. the electronics elements, which made the blending more difficult than usual. The band did a great job,… continued