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March 6, 2007

Suite Dreams

Suite Dreams, my fourth (and final?) Parody Suite piece, is finished and in rehearsals at Jasper High School in Jasper, Indiana! I’ll go out there for the premiere in late April. I have a feeling I’ll need to make some fairly serious revisions – not sure if the timing and flow works well… continued

February 27, 2007

Alchemy @ UMich

The Symphony Band’s performance last Wed. night was wonderful. Many thanks to Miller Asbill for programming the piece and the great job conducting, to Michael Haithcock for making this possible (and for dinner!), and of course, the band. As is often the case, the dress rehearsal was even better than the performance (it was, in… continued

December 14, 2006

Midwest Clinic 2006

On Monday, we head to the annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago. This year, the Austrian brass ensemble, “Sound INN Brass” will premiere a brand new version of Loose Id for brass and drumset. The concert is Saturday morning, 9:30, in the Grand Ballroom. If you’re at the convention, don’t miss this concert – this… continued

December 5, 2006

Back in Blue

The MSU Wind Symphony concert was particularly good this past Sunday. “Blink!” went really well, and sounded leagues better in the hall than it had in the rehearsal room (and also because I was actually sitting in front of the ensemble this time). The ending is a gorgeous, unexpected wash of sound, and is probably… continued

December 2, 2006


Joel Puckett is the guest composer at Michigan State this weekend, with the Wind Symphony (conducted by fellow composer and DMA grad. student, Jim Colonna) doing his recent work, Blink!, tomorrow. I first met Joel a couple of years ago at the CBDNA convention in New York, and then again briefly at… continued

November 14, 2006

Give It To Me

I’m proud to announce the third release from Salamander Studios, Give It To Me. This is our first instrumental, and we’re delighted to feature guest artist Jonathan Newman on this track. His solo in the ‘B section’ may well be the defining element of the work.I also make an appearance on alto… continued

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The phenomenal Austrian brass group, SoundInnBrass (warning: very out of date website), will be premiering my Loose Id for brass ensemble and drumset at the Midwest Clinic this December.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.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