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June 17, 2011

Texas Prescribed Music List

Many (all?) states in the US have a “list” of music for school bands, orchestras, and choirs to choose from when performing at state-sanctioned contests. The biggest of these is the Texas Prescribed Music List (everything’s bigger in Texas…), and many other states simply copy this list for their own use. After 12 years of… continued

June 7, 2011

Anthem mp3 and score

Anthem is finally posted! This is the live premiere at Purdue University, conducted by Jay Gephart, last April. I conducted 6 of my other works with their bands while I was there, but told Jay I couldn’t conduct the premiere of a brand new piece – I really wanted to sit in the audience… continued

April 5, 2011

Self-publishing – nuts and bolts

My fellow composers and I have written a number of times about self-publishing vs. traditional publishing, covering everything from copyright to licensing to notation. However, I don’t recall that we have actually demonstrated, in simple steps, the physical process of making of the paper product, so I shot a video here in my home studio/office… continued

April 4, 2011

Studio Tour

I made a short video tour of my home studio. It’s not Jerry Bruckheimer material, but I invite anyone with FX skills to add lasers and  explosions.

March 21, 2011

Anthem + Cello Concerto + Hummingbrrd for Euphonium

I finished two new pieces last week. That makes three in the past month. This can’t be good for me… The first, Anthem, is a brand new work for Jay Gephart and the Purdue University Wind Ensemble, commissioned to celebrate the Purdue Bands’ 125th anniversary. It’s 7’30” of joy, featuring twittering flutes, vibraphone, glockenspiel,… continued

February 9, 2011

Hummingbrrd

Back in May, 2010, my dear friend Hila Plitmann performed her own concert of songs at the Boston Court Theater in LA. In addition to her own amazing originals, she asked a number of people to arrange some popular songs for her. I was honored to arrange Nine Inch Nails’… continued

November 10, 2010

Concerto world premiere mp3

The Concerto for Wind Ensemble world premiere performance is posted (look in the dark green box for the “UT World Premiere” link)! Given the surround/antiphonal nature of the work, this isn’t quite the same as sitting in the middle of it all, but it still sounds great. The University of Texas Wind Ensemble players… continued