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May 9, 2006

Fayetteville Band Week 2006, Day 1b (The Concert)

Short post-concert recap – it was a great evening – the three bands all put on a good show and it seemed like both the bands and the audience were having a good time. The 7th-grade band did a fun tune called “Rock to the Max Mr. Sax” with the sax section out front grooving… continued

May 8, 2006

Fayetteville Band Week 2006, Day 1

Friday, my brother and I took a quick trip over to Memphis to visit my old friend Mac, and for some BBQ and music at the Beale Street Music Festival (happened to see Bryan Adams and Train, the latter featuring an unexpected keyboard solo using Clavinet run through a “wah” pedal followed by an… continued

May 5, 2006

North Little Rock High School

Yesterday morning, I had the pleasure of working with Bill Spainhour and the North Little Rock High School band on Dusk. This is as close I can get to “my” old high school (this one and mine were merged into one huge school the year after I graduated, so my actual school no longer… continued

May 4, 2006

Michigan State University, part 2

I’ve just returned from East Lansing, MI, where I had a fantastic week. The performance of “Dusk” was really, really, good – it was the slowest I’ve heard, and the first time I think any conductor has trusted him- or herself to take it at the right tempo, including myself. Verena brought out an incredibly… continued

April 25, 2006

Michigan State University, part 1

I’m in East Lansing this week. The Symphony Band, under Dr. Wesley Broadnax, will be rehearsing and making an impromptu recording of Rise this afternoon, and then tomorrow night Verena Mösenbichler and the MSU Campus Band will perform Dusk on their final concert of the year. Thursday, I speak to a couple of… continued

April 20, 2006

Alchemy for Orchestra update

Movements I and II are finished, copied, and ready for delivery. Tonight, I finished orchestrating Mvt. III, so all that remains is getting it into the computer and doing the parts – no small task. There are entirely too many notes in this movement…Here’s me giving a video update on the piece earlier this evening:continued

March 31, 2006

RedLine (piano) recording session

Last Monday, my dear friend Zoe Browder and I met at the Juilliard recording studio to finally record RedLine for piano. I wrote this piece at her request back at the end of 1999 (the actual date of completion on the piece is December 31st, 1999), and she premiered it about a year later…. continued

March 26, 2006

UMass Amherst, Alchemy, CBDNA

Yesterday, Laura Rexroth and the UMass-Amherst Wind Ensemble performed the first movement of Alchemy in Silent Spaces at the CBDNA Eastern Div. Conference in Montclair, NJ. First of all, they sounded great. I heard them a couple of weeks ago when I visited Amherst, and they sounded good then, but they’ve definitely “gelled” as an… continued

March 24, 2006

RedLine. REDLINE!!!!!

Tonight, Lt. Commander (ret.) John Pastin and the Rowan University Wind Ensemble played the sh*t out of RedLine for winds. I’m floored. I’m honored that he and the band devoted so much of their time and energy into pulling this piece off. To everyone in the band: you’re awesome. THANK YOU. You all… continued