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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

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

January 29, 2014

The Machine Awakes iPhone and iPad app!

It’s finally here! My piece The Machine Awakes for youth band / orchestra with live electronics now has an iOS app you can run the electronics from! All you need is to plug it into your PA system (don’t forget the required [LOUD] monitor for the conductor), and someone to press… 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

May 20, 2013

Ecstatic Waters – auction of my set of original scores

We’re moving (new house, still in Durham!), and while cleaning out my studio, I found the original scores for the Bowling Green premiere, the three UT Austin performances (including at the Meyerson and at CBDNA), and the one we used for the WASBE 2009 performance by the University of North Texas. I also found a… 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