Kickstarter Campaign for Strata Big Band album about to launch!

The Kickstarter campaign for the new Strata Big Band album project is ready to launch! See the preview and sign up for a launch notification here!  

Another Successful American Prairie – Ken Burns Prize Event!

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 […]

New Commission for Brass Quintet and Concert Band

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, […]

Performing with Charles Lazarus on His Merry & Bright Christmas Concert

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!

Keller Middle School to Premiere New Work at Midwest Clinic in Chicago

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 […]

The Commission Project with JazzMN Orchestra

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! […]

Returning to New York for the American Prairie Ken Burns Prize

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been invited back as composer and music director for the second annual American Prairie Reserve’s Ken Burns Prize Event in New York City on May 2. I’m excited to be composing several new pieces of music, and working with the fabulous New York musicians again!

Bellsong Fantasy with Texas A&M University Commerce Wind Ensemble and Choir

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 […]

A Busy Autumn and Winter Season 2017!

The fall season of 2017 was one of the busiest times for new works that I have experienced in quite some time! I am grateful for the many new clients and well as returning work from previous acquaintances. Here are a few highlights: Gateway Church Christmas Program 2017 –  I’ve had the good fortune to arrange […]

New Brass Commissions in 2016

Earlier this summer I was fortunate to have received commissions for two new original brass compositions: Swords of Valor for Horn Quintet (commissioned by Gerry Wood and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) and Clash of the Centurions for 4 Trumpets and 4 Trombones (by John Allen for the Infinity Brass). Both works were premiered at camps and […]