News and Announcements

Video - "Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven" sung by First Baptist Church Gainesville (GA) Choir 

I was thrilled and honored to be sent this link by Rev. Mark Green, Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Gainesville, GA. 

I can't explain the feeling of hearing a piece performed so well by musicians hundreds of miles away, when it started as pencil scribbles in my office...well, it's exciting, humbling, energizing...so many things!

Thank you, Rev. Green and FBC Gainesville!! 

 

New Consortium: INCARNATION for SATB and Concert Band 

I'm pleased to announce a consortium for new music! If you're unfamiliar with a consortium in the context of commissioning new music, it basically is a way of sharing a commission with other ensembles and performers. This benefits the musicians, as they don't have to carry the commission fee alone, and it benefits the composer, because he/she gets more performances! It's really a win-win. 

This consortium is for Incarnation, which will be for SATB choir and concert band. It will be a sacred Christmas work…

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"Persevering" for String Orchestra 

Hot off the press! My newest piece for string orchestra is now available. Persevering is meant to convey a sense of continuing on through adversity. The COVID-19 Pandemic was the impetus for writing this piece, but the sentiment certainly expands beyond that to different times and types of adversity.

The sheet music is available from J.W. Pepper, and you can preview the score and listen to a demo recording. Please feel free to share with your string educator friends! Thank you! 

"Gateway Overture" Named J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice 

I recently learned that my concert band piece Gateway Overture was name an Editor's Choice selection by J.W. Pepper, one of the largest sheet music distributors in the world. This is my sixth Pepper Editor's Choice selection, and second for band. While it is an honor under any circumstance, I am especially proud of this, because I composed Gateway Overture for my junior high alma mater, Blackhawk Middle School (Bensenville, IL), and premiered it (amazingly) 30 years to the day that I started attending the…

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Recording: "Hope and a New Dawn"  

 

This past October, I had the privilege of conducting my new band piece Hope and a New Dawn with the Arlington Heights Community Concert Band (Arlington Heights, IL). They recently sent me a recording of the performance, which you can find here!

Hope and a New Dawn was the product of a consortium with five high school and community bands. If you or a director you know would be interested in co-commissioning a work or heading up a consortium for a new work, please let me know! 

Cyber Monday Deal for Trumpet Music!  

For a limited time, I'm making my settings of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence and Angels We Have Heard on High available in one collection (click on the above titles for more info on each piece, including recordings). 

Normally $20 for both, you can now get them for only $10

Click here to purchase, download and print both for only $10.

If you know any trumpet players that are looking for music to play this holiday season, please feel free to share this with them! 

This deal ends soon, so take advantage…

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