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August 24, 2007

Austin, Texas

We returned from Europe one evening last week, packed our stuff, slept 4 hours, and at 5am began our 8-hour drive from Little Rock to Austin. Ugh.Nice to be here, though. I’ve been setting up the apartment, assembling IKEA furniture, and fielding a nice influx of interest in some pieces. It appears H. Robert Reynolds… continued

August 7, 2007

Apes, Dolphins, Live Runways, and Cuban Cigars

Spent a week being a total tourist on the southern coast of Spain. Very relaxing – went swimming in the Mediterranean, read Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle, and ate. Spent some time thinking about my next piece, for the New York All-State Symphonic Band – more on that later.On Tuesday, we took a side-trip to Gibraltar,… continued

July 26, 2007

Malcesine Dawn, BCM MidEurope booth

Malcesine, Italy was just as wonderful as last year, and twice I witnessed a lovely sunrise moment over the mountains. The sky begins to lighten very early somewhere in the 5am range, but because of the tall mountains surrounding the lake (Lago di Garda), you don’t actually see the sun until right at 8am, when… continued

July 13, 2007

A few quick pics

Busy week here in Schladming – had two performance on Wednesday (SüdTiroler Jugendblasorchester performed Stampede under the amazing direction of Karl Geroldinger, and the LA Symphonic Winds played MetaMarch with gusto despite my flailing arms). Both were great concerts and great performances. This Saturday night, I have two more pieces with the World Youth Wind… continued

July 8, 2007


On the way to Schladming, we stopped in Hallstatt, a tiny town on the edge of the Ebensee (Lake Eben). This is home to the world’s oldest salt mine, dating back at least 7,000 years. It’s an unbelievably scenic location. Also made a couple of trips to Salzburg. Pictures forthcoming. First, I’m about to go… continued

July 2, 2007

One week until MidEurope 2007!

I’m in Austria at the moment, preparing for MidEurope where I will be the guest composer for the week! The festival is held each summer in Schladming, Austria, nestled in an Alpine valley, about an hour’s drive from Salzburg. It’s as idyllic as it sounds. :)The schedule includes performances of Stampede by the… continued

June 11, 2007

Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corp do Hummingbrrd

The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corp has arranged my Hummingbrrd as part of their 2007 show! Unfortunately, I won’t have a chance to see it since I’ll be out of the country all summer, but if someone out there gets a chance to see their show, let me know how it sounds!

May 6, 2007

A Million Suns over Buffalo

Ok, so I’m way behind in blogging, AGAIN. As soon as I returned from Buffalo (via a last-minute flight to Chicago in order to drive from there to East Lansing with 2 Austrian parents in tow, but that’s a whole other story), I had to pack up everything from my house in Bowling Green to… continued

May 1, 2007

off to Buffalo, NY…

…where the Clarence HS Symphonic Band, Chorus, and Orchestra are performing the original version of A Million Suns at Midnight on Thursday night at Kleinhans Music Hall. I hear the hall is beautiful, and I’m really excited to hear this piece again – I believe it was 2002 the last time someone performed it…. continued