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March 14, 2008

Windtronica dreams

Last night I dreamt I heard the new piece I’m writing in its entirety in concert. Except that I was outside the hall. And the piece wasn’t finished, so I’d stuck in a transcription of some of Pink Floyd’s The Wall in the middle to fill up the unfinished, empty space. Amazingly, no one… continued

February 25, 2008

91 F

It’s 91 degrees here at the moment. In February. I’m trying to avoid turning on the air conditioner, because that seems so decadent and un-Earth-friendly in the middle of WINTER. I’m loving this sunny warm winter, but sure am glad I won’t be around for the summer…Random miscellaneous:Dusk scores are sold out at Hal Leonard… continued

February 23, 2008

Mackey Sax, TMEA catch-up

As promised, a few pics from Mackey’s visit and TMEA:John Mackey, Harvey Pittel, and AEJ, immediately after the fantastic UT concert with Mackey’s Sax Concerto. Read more about it here. This man’s circular breathing is indeed spectacular – I never could master that back in my saxamaphone-playin’ days. And of course the ensemble was… continued

February 14, 2008

TMEA

V and I are at TMEA for a couple of days this week. Mackey (who was in Austin last weekend for a performance of the Sax Concerto with the UT Austin Wind Ensemble) has a couple of big performances with the All-State bands, and Eric will be giving a clinic on some of… continued

January 25, 2008

Midwest 2007

Finally got around to posting some of the pictures from this past Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Check it out over on the BCM blog, if you’re interested!Verena and I put on our Austrian finest while we were there:

January 22, 2008

It’s Steven with a “V”

Back in November, I was at the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle with the fine Langley High School wind ensemble, and their director, Andrew Gekoskie. This is the group that commissioned and premered “Dusk” a few years ago, and they gave another fine performance of it at the conference. I never got around to… continued

December 15, 2007

Bowie HS performs” Dusk”

Last night, I had the privilege to conduct the Bowie HS WInd Ensemble on my piece, “Dusk.” They performed beautifully, especially considering the fact that we only had two rehearsals! It was wonderful to hear their entire concert – they play startlingly well, and I am honored that their director, Bruce Dinkins, invited me to… continued

December 12, 2007

First Light recording posted!

I now have the recording from the First Light world premiere last weekend, and it’s up for your listening pleasure (click “Listen” on the First Light page). It’s very quiet at the beginning, so if you don’t hear anything, turn your speakers up. Even better, use some good headphones.An updated perusal score is… continued

December 10, 2007

Conducting Dusk at Bowie HS this Friday!

Bruce Dinkins, director of bands at Bowie HS in Austin, has graciously invited me to conduct Dusk with his Wind Ensemble this Friday night, December 14th. I met the band last Thursday and we sight-read through the piece, and I have to say I was blown away. This band is good – they… continued

December 5, 2007

First Light premiere

Returned late Sunday night from snowy Rochester, NY, after a wonderful weekend and fantastic premiere of “First Light” by the New York All-State Symphonic Band. Unfortunatly, I’m still without a computer, so no pictures yet. Ray Cramer led the band in the premiere, and the band really rose to the challenge on all their pieces…. continued

November 25, 2007

Helpful tip: don’t drop your laptop computer

…because that will likely break it, especially if there’s a USB thumb drive in one port, and it lands *on* that drive, and smashes it deep into your computer, causing some…distress… to the innards.All that to say I won’t be posting much until my computer returns, which will be another week at least. To everyone… continued