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December 23, 2005

Winchester Model 12

Today we made a trip down to Murfreesboro to exchange gifts with the extended family. Had a pleasant visit and dinner with everyone, and met a new friend, Will, who specializes in building sheltered homes that handle most of their heating and cooling from ground heat and water – I find this fascinating – I… continued

December 22, 2005

Saxomaphone

In a former life, I played Alto Sax. My past came back to haunt me as my old high school friend, Kathy, and her husband, Eddie, roped me into playing 30 minutes of Christmas Carol intermission music between showings of a play at a local church. With great trepidation, I agreed, and dug out my… continued

December 20, 2005

Interview

Just wrapped up my portion of the interview for AETN’s “Men and Women of Distinction” series, in which they’re doing a segment on my mentor and old teacher, Francis McBeth. The series features Chuck Dovish as the producer/host, which should air sometime in June, 2006. It was an interesting experience being interviewed – only… continued

December 20, 2005

Francis McBeth documentary interview

Chuck Dovish, local television and radio legend, is coming out to the house to interview me for a documentary on Francis McBeth. I don’t know more than that – will fill in details this evening…Most important question: what should I wear?!?

December 19, 2005

Midwest 2005 Recap

I’m home and recovering from my ninth Midwest (and the fifth year in a row BCM has had a booth). Had a great time, as always. On Wednesday, I ran into my old mentor and first composition teacher, Francis McBeth, at the Southern Music booth:Always great to see he and his wife Mary – they’re… continued

December 13, 2005

Midwest Clinic, 2005

This morning I head to Chicago for the annual band and orchestra bacchanale / geekfest known as The Midwest Clinic. This is the fifth year for the BCM booth (#325 – come see us!), and we’re going to mix it up a little bit this time with some spiffy new iPods in addition to… continued

December 2, 2005

RedLine for Wind Ensemle PREMIERE!

RedLine for Wind Ensemble was premiered last evening, December 1st, 2005, by the Rowan State University Wind Ensemble under the direction of John Pastin! I’ll post more about it soon, including their big performance of it at the CBDNA Eastern Div. Conference in March, and several other possible performances coming up in the Spring!

November 25, 2005

Thanksgiving Skeet

Thanksgiving was a day of learning: my mother and brother and I visited relatives down in Murfreesboro, AR, where my father grew up. This is waaaay out there on a farm in the backwoods of Arkansas. I learned how to mix feed for the cattle (2:1 ratio of corn meal to hay), checked out the… continued

November 13, 2005

Ron Bryant, 1942-2005

(I’d been undecided as to whether to do this. I’m a rather private person, and I don’t tend to post about my personal life here. This is too fundamentally important to go unmarked.)“Press on: Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessul men with… continued

November 7, 2005

Bowling Green, OH Festival

A week overdue, but at long last (and I know you’ve all* awaited this moment, barely able to function in the interim), here’s the skinny on my trip to the Bowling Green New Music and Art Festival.* All = the 2 or 3 people patient enough to check this blog even though it changes at… continued