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November 9, 2006

Loose Id for Brass Ensemble and Drumset

The phenomenal Austrian brass group, SoundInnBrass (warning: very out of date website), will be premiering my Loose Id for brass ensemble and drumset at the Midwest Clinic this December. The group’s instrumentation is 4 Trumpets, 2 Horns, 4 Trombones, Tuba, and Drumset/Percussion. I decided to make this version expressly for drumset, unlike the… continued

November 7, 2006

VOTE

VOTE.Some personal advice: if you have the option between a paper ballot and an electronic voting machine, choose the paper ballot. If you must use an electronic machine, check your vote very carefully (there should be a printed ballot on the side of the machine in most cases) – there are numerous reports (as in… continued

November 7, 2006

The Orchestra: A User’s Manual

Just came across this useful resource. It’s basically an online orchestration textbook. I haven’t explored it in depth yet, but it has a really cool feature you couldn’t get in an ordinary textbook: video demonstrations. Just pick an instrument, and you’ll see clips with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra (UK) talking about, and demonstrating… continued

October 31, 2006

Radiant Joy followup

I’m way behind. Let’s jump in:Here are the long-ago promised pictures from the Radiant Joy premiere. I didn’t take many this time. Here, I’m flanked by my posse, the powerhouse duo of Jack Stamp and Jason Worzbyt, who lead the bands program at IUP:And here’s my stalker, Vinnie, who played piano on the premiere… continued

October 16, 2006

Radiant Joy premiere

I only have a second before I hit the road back to Bowling Green this morning. The premiere went well yesterday! I’m excited about this piece, and people seem to like it – who doesn’t like a little joy in their day? Just wanted to say a quick “Thank you” to the Wind Symphony, the… continued

October 14, 2006

IUP Day 2

Went to the Concert Band’s rehearsal of Bloom. Their director, Jason Worzbyt, has done a great job with the piece – he takes it a a little bit faster than I do, and at first I was apprehensive, but much to my amazement, it works! He also had the low brass chords swell and… continued

October 13, 2006

IUP Day 1

I’m in Indiana, Pennsylvania, for the world premiere of Radiant Joy. I spent the day driving across Ohio and western PA (through extraordinary Fall foliage scenery), and arrived in time for the 6pm rehearsal with the Wind Symphony. The band sounds great, and the piece really seems to work. We tweaked a few small… continued

October 5, 2006

Radiant Joy rehearsals / Ultra-hunk

I’ve been delinquent in posting here, and not for a lack of interesting things going on. After all, a car crashed into the house next to me about 5:45 this morning. No one was hurt, and I was too groggy (and it was too cold) for me to go outside and start taking pictures. Sure… continued

September 5, 2006

Radiant Joy…

… is finished. Still some tweaks remaining to the score, and then there’s the matter of making parts. The music, however, is finished, and it’s a little different for me. Shiny. Happy. Joyous, even. :)Premiere is set for October 17th 15th, by Jack Stamp and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble. They’ll also be… continued

August 23, 2006

Bowling Green-bound

I’m about to begin the long process of dissasembling my studio and packing into my pickup truck for the long drive to Ohio. I almost finished this piece for Jack Stamp’s wind symphony at IUP, but I still need an ending. I wish I could do a fade out – that’s what sounds best to… continued