For the third consecutive year I had the opportunity to create and conduct original music for the Ken Burns Prize event in New York City on May 1. The event, in conjunction with the American Prairie Reserve, awards a prize each to to an outstanding American states person who has contributed to the American Spirit […]
Several years ago I wrote an arrangement of the Canadian Brass version of “That’s A-Plenty” which featured the quintet in front of the Concert Band. In this spirit the Plymouth (MI) Community Band commissioned me to write a new work, this one based upon the great Dixieland Standard “The Jazz Me Blues.” The work is finished, […]
Once again I’ve been invited to perform with my good friend and colleague Charles Lazarus on his Merry & Bright Christmas Concert at Minnesota Orchestra Hall on Saturday, December 15. It’s a terrific concert with an all-star band, terrific vocal soloists and Charles’ sizzling trumpet solos. A great time will be had by all!
The great folks at Keller (TX) Middle School have commissioned a new work following on the heels of my concert band work Curtain Call (published by C. L. Barnhouse); they asked for a piece with a Texas flair quoting various Texas-themed folk songs. “The Bluebonnet Revue” was the result, and the Keller band will premiere the […]
I had the wonderful opportunity of taking part in Rich MacDonald‘s Commission Project, a collection of ten brand new big band works by various composers, which were performed and then recorded by the JazzMN Orchestra over this past weekend. What a wonderful group, and what a great company of fellow composers to be associated with! […]
The Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble and Choir, under the leadership of Phil Clements and Randall Hooper, premiered the band version of y Bellsong Fantasy, with I originally composed for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and featured on their Dallas Christmas Gala CD. Thanks for the wonderful performance folks! The work will be available […]