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"Concertino Caboclo" will be performed twice by the U.S. Coast Guard Band with Laura Pirruccello, solo flute/piccolo. The first performance is Sep. 26 in Clinton, CT and the second performance is Sep. 27 in Griswold, CT. Also, "Black Bolt!" will be featured on both these concerts as well as a concert at the Coast Guard Academy on Oct. 5. In addition, "Black Bolt!" will be performed on three concerts during the Coast Guard Band's tour of Puerto Rico in Nov. "Black Bolt!" will also be performed by the Cincinnati Wind Symphony at the Midwest Composers Symposium in mid-November at the CCM.


There are openings for members in a new consortium project for brass quintet and wind ensemble! See page for details.

New Sound files

I have finally posted some new sound files of three recent works: Bock Fanfares, Noche Triste, and Oh What a Morning.

Premiere of Reanimations

The West Chester wind ensemble will be premiering Reanimations at the International Trumpet Guild's 2014 conference at West Chester University. The concert is Tuesday, May 20th at 7:30 PM at West Chester University.

Black Bolt! and Rumpelstilzchen at the Norwegian Band Championships

Two wind ensembles will be playing my music at the Norwegian Band Championships on Ap. 4-5. The band from Bergen, Norway will be performing Black Bolt! conducted by Bengt Florvaag and the band from Nidarholm will be performing Rumpelstilzchen conducted by Philip Hannevik. 


Performance of Black Bolt!

The San Diego State University Wind Symphony conducted by Shannon Kitelinger is to perform Black Bolt! at the CDBNA Western Regional conference. The concert is at the University of Nevada, Reno on Thurs., Mar. 13. In addition, the SDSU Wind Symphony will be performing Black Bolt! on their tour of of California and Nevada prior to the CDBNA performance.

Premiere of Noche Triste

Had a great day working with the New Trier and Lake Zurich HS bands on my new piece "Noche Triste" and am excited for the premiere tonight by the St. Charles East HS band! The concert is at 7:30 PM at St. Charles East HS, St. Charles, IL.

Sound clips of the preview performance of Reanimations

Here are some clips of the wonderful preview performance of Reanimations as performed by the West Chester University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Andrew Yozviak with J. C. Dobrzelewski and Robert Skoniczin, trumpets. Both the ensemble and soloists played great, and I look forward to the premiere performance at the International Trumpet Guild conference in May!


One week, two premieres

On Mon., Dec. 9 the West Chester University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Andrew Yozviak gave the preview performance of my Reanimations for two solo trumpets and wind ensemble with J.C. Dobrzelewski and Robert Skoniczin, trumpets. Reanimations will be officially premiered in May (also by the WCU Wind Ensemble) at the International Trumpet Guild's annual conference at West Chester University. Also, on Sat., Dec. 14, The Hartt School Wind Ensemble gave the premiere of my tuba concerto, Heavy Weather with Scott Mendoker navigating my impossible tuba part with seeming ease. In a poetic turn of events, the concert was nearly snowed out, but the show went on and what a show it was! Two premieres of major works within a single week by such fantastic ensembles and soloists is more than a young composer could ever ask for, and I extend my utmost gratitude to those who took part in making these performances come together!

Come In to be published by Hinshaw in the Spring of 2014

I just sent in the final composer proof for my choral work, Come In. This 3-minute work is based on a traditional spiritual text which I have adapted and set to original music. Come In will be available from Hinshaw Music in the Spring. 

The Exultant Heart wins the NBA Merrill Jones Young Band Composition Contest

I recently was notified that my piece for grade 3 band, The Exultant Heart was awarded the NBA Merrill Jones Young Band Composition prize! The Exultant Heart was commissioned in 2011 by Demosthenes Dimitrakoulakos for the International School of Luxembourg. The Exultant Heart will be available for purchase in the spring of 2014 from Wingert-Jones Music.