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March 12, 2006

Human Radio

The Blue Monkey, Memphis, TN:Last night, James A., Walter, and I got to see Human Radio. Human Radio (Ross Rice, vocals and keyboards, Peter Hyrka, violin and assorted electric string instruments, Kye Kennedy, guitar, Steve Arnold, bass, and Steve Ebe, drums) existed from 1989-1992, so this was an unexpected and most welcome opportunity to… continued

March 6, 2006

Amherst Redux

Saturday afternoon, Rob Franzblau and I headed back up from Providence to Amherst, MA to hear Laura Rexroth’s joint Wind Ensemble / Symphony Band concert that night. First up was the Symphony Band, taking on Copland’s “Outdoor Overture” – I think they were a little nervous at first, but after it got going, they opened… continued

March 4, 2006

Rhode Island Recap

Just have a few minutes before I head back to Amherst for tonight’s concert up there. Around 6pm, I met with the Brown University Wind Ensemble, and the director, Matthew McGarrell, surprised me and asked if I would like to conduct Dusk that night! Being completely unprepared, I of course said “yes,” and off we… continued

February 28, 2006

“Wrong About Me”

45 seconds of pure genius from the Salamander Studios hit factory in Memphis, TN. Written, performed, recorded, mixed, and distributed on Sunday afternoon.”Wrong About Me” McMurry: lead vox, guitar, backing vox, lyricsSteven Bryant: bass, lead guitar (all three notes), percussion, ooh-aah voxpeople think wrong things about mebut they’re wrong about meno they aren’t rightpeople say… continued

February 27, 2006

Harding Academy represent!

I spent Friday evening with the Harding Academy band and their new director this year, Colby Canterbury, working on Dusk. I have to say when I first walked in and saw that about 40% of the band consisted of saxophones, I was slightly worried. Somehow, though, they actually made a solid, warm, non-saxophone-dominated sound… continued

February 24, 2006


Heading to Memphis to work with The Harding Academy Band on “Dusk” this evening. Then it’s on to dinner with some old roommates from my undergrad days.Gotta hit the road…more later!

February 18, 2006

Arkansas All-State 2006

Because of an imminent ice storm, the Arkansas All-State Convention held its concerts today, instead of tomorrow, as regularly scheduled. I drove down early this morning to work with the Symphonic Band, under Rick Blatti’s direction, on my piece, MetaMarch. Two nights ago, Rick asked if I’d be interested in conducting the piece, and… continued

February 18, 2006

St. Charles East HS @ Carnegie Hall

Last Monday, I had the privilege and honor of conducting my work Rise with the St. Charles East HS Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. I had a great time working with the group and conducting this piece (my first time!). A special “thank you” to director Jim Kull for inviting me to be a… continued

February 16, 2006

Juilliard Farewell Party

Tuesday, Feb. 7th marked my last day of nearly 10 years of affiliation with Juilliard, first as student, then as a staff member. Many different events in my life over the past 10 months or so have converged to bring about this new direction. It was difficult – I’ve worked with a great number of… continued

February 14, 2006

Catching up…soon

Been traveling and haven’t had much internet access…at least, that’s my excuse for not keeping things up to date. A LOT has been going on. I’m about to hop on another plane, so this will be quick until I can flesh each one out:Last week I officially resigned from Juilliard to pursue composing and conducting… continued