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 […]

Playing with Bill Cunliffe at Jazz Ed Conference in Dallas

I had the wonderful opportunity to play in the big band of Bill Cunliffe, noted Los Angeles-based Pianist, Composer, and Band Leader. We performed music from his Bachanalia CD, terrific renditions of classical pieces for big band. The band was full of stars like Randy Brecker, Clay Jenkins, Joe La Barbera, former Woody Herman bandmates […]

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 Commissions for Summer 2017

Summer is the season for new commissioned works; last summer I created a Horn quartet for Gerry Wood and the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse and a Brass Octet for John Allen and the Infinity Brass. This summer is shaping up to be no exception: I have two solo commissions (Bass Trombone and Trumpet), a big […]

American Prairie Reserve – Ken Burns Prize Event in New York

On the evening of May 3, 2017 I had the privilege and honor of conducting an amazing ensemble of New York’s finest musicians in my original compositions for the American Prairie Reserve’s Ken Burns Prize Award Event at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Various celebrities were on hand, including Mr. […]

TCU Trombone Summit a Big Success

I had the honor of taking part in TCU’s annual Trombone Summit as a performer and clinician. Each year the Summit, under the extraordinary leadership of TCU trombone professor Dr. David Begnoche, raises funds for a worthy charitable organization;, and this year’s event, appropriately entitled “TromBonAppétit,” focused upon Pediatric Healthcare at the Cook Children’s Hospital. […]

Appearing at the TCU Trombone Summit in April

I’m excited to be invited to this year’s Annual TCU Trombone Summit on April 7 and 8! I’m appearing with a host of wonderful colleagues including Bill Reichenbach and Alex Iles (two of my personal heroes!). I’ll be performing, teaching a master class, and even arranging a chart or two for the Summit. Looking forward to meeting […]

Proud to Join XOBrass as a Performing Artist!

I am excited to announce that I am now officially an XOBrass Performing Artist! I have been playing the XOBrass 1240L Bass Trombone and loving it. I’m excited to work with the folks at this terrific company, and I’m surrounded by some great artists in the catalog. I’m looking forward to representing this great line […]

Presenting at the 2017 JEN Conference

I’m excited to be invited to present a seminar at the Jazz Educators Network Conference this week in New Orleans! My session is entitled “Big Sound, Small Band – Making the Most of Limited Instrumentation,”  and will take place Thursday, January 5 at 11 am in Boland Room 5. I will be showing writing examples […]