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Sound Innovations  

Sound Innovations

Undoubtedly the BEST option for starting beginners in a post-COVID teaching environment.


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Incandescent Sky  

Incandescent Sky

Just released, and ONLY available here!




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Birthday Band-O-Rama  

Birthday Band-O-Rama

Quirky arrangement with Flexible Instrumentation for as few as four players!






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Glorious Insurrection
 


Glorious Insurrection

This powerhouse composition also has parts of varying difficulty levels available to allow it to be performed with musicians of all levels of experience.


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By the River's Edge  

By the River's Edge

With parts available of varying difficulties on Total Sheet Music, this piece can work well for virtual performances since it fun to play and has no tempo changes!




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Music FUNdations  

Music FUNdations

A truly innovative workbook that addresses important values seamlessly incorporated with musical excerpts, exercises, and music activities. Now available for Band AND for Strings!

 
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What's new?

This has been a very busy writing time here in Normal, Illinois. Several commissions have kept me occupied with lots of joyful music creation, and I am so incredibly grateful to those who have asked me to write music for their ensembles!

My most recent projects have included a commission for the Tipton High School Band in Tipton, Indiana. Their premiere of Trip the Light Fantastic! is scheduled for May 4th, and I look forward to conducting the band on the first performance of this joyful and light-hearted piece. The Jupiter High School Band, Jupiter, FL will premiere Sentinel on May 5th, depicting the local lighthouse as it guards the coastline during the inevitable storms. I also have the pleasure of conducting the Prairie Wind Ensemble in Washington, IL on March 16th in the first performance of my arrangement of the Irish folk song The Parting Glass, the full band arrangement of the setting I wrote for the United States Army Ceremonial Band.

Another project for which I was so proud to be a participant was the American Bandmasters Association "Reflections" Project. Several of the ABA composers have contributed a musical underlay that accompanies a wonderful narration which can be read over the music, or played from a recording, available by a number of speakers in several languages. This brief piece is meant to provide an inspiring message of unity and peace prior to the performance of our national anthem, or another piece such as Amazing Grace or America the Beautiful at the beginning of a concert program. These pieces will be made available free of charge for download on the ABA website for all bands worldwide, and will be available at all grade levels. Once that link is available I will include that on the product page on this website. Until then, you can hear my offering by searching the title, One World, Many Voices which was recorded recently by the United States Air Force Band.

The recent premieres of the St. Louis Wind Symphony performing Sixty-Six!, the Southwest Community Concert Band, Orland Park, Illinois performing Freefall and the Viroqua High School Band, Viroqua,, WI premiere of A Centennial Celebration have led to their publication and upcoming release this year. Pacific Crest, commissioned by the Northwest Bandmasters Association is schduled for publication and release in 2024 along with the concert band arrangement of The Parting Glass and Trip the Light Fantastic!

Another recent premiere, following two years of delays due to COVID was River of Grass - commissioned by the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Youth Pride Band of South Florida. This Everglades-inspired piece is now posted on my website and at JW Pepper for purchase and performance.

And finally... During some of my clinic appearances discussing unique ways to engage your students and community, I have told the story about my "Birthday Band" I formed with some talented and enthusastic senior band members during my teaching career. They would run out to surprise faculty members at unexpected times on their birthdays to play a quirky arrangement of Happy Birthday to You that also included snippets of the William Tell Overture, Hallelujah Chorus, Ode to Joy and Stars and Stripes Forever. Inevitably I would be asked if I still had the arrangement and if they could get a copy for their own band to play, but unfortunately, I did not keep a copy of that when I left that school 20+ years ago. HOWEVER, due to numerous requests, I have resurrected this bit of musical insanity and scored it for flexible instrumentation, playable by nearly any combination of winds, strings and percussion, and it is now available on my website entitled, Birthday Band-O-Rama.

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