One of the most performed composers of band music in the world

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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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Commonwealth  

Commonwealth

Just released, and ONLY available here!




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Lone Eagle  

Lone Eagle

Newly released and destined to become one of the most-performed pieces of the year.


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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! I was so happy to finally conduct the premiere of Incandescent Sky (after several rescheduled dates due to the pandemic) with the First Coast Wind Symphony in October of 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. Now that it has received its premiere performance it is now available for others to perform the piece. A recording, score and a video of the premiere performance can be seen here.

Other pieces awaiting their premiere performances include:

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.

From Glen to Glen - commissioned Rob Izzett and a consortium of band directors throughout Oregon in memory of his son, Ian Izzett.

Sixty-Six - commissioned by Peter J. Poletti for the Saint Louis Wind Symphony, St. Louis, Missouri, Thomas Poshak, Music Director, Gary Brandes Associate Conductor, and inspired by Route 66.

A Centennial Celebration - commissioned by the Viroqua High School Band, Viroqua, Wisconsin, Brad Thew, Director. Written to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the school's band program.

Freefall - commissioned by the Southwest Community Concert Band, Orland Park, Illinois
Ray Forlenza, Conductor, for the 40th Anniversary of the Southwest Community Concert Band.

As soon as these have been performed I will post them to the website and make them available.

One of my goals in creating this website was to have a place where all of my music could live with a score and recording available. I came very close to achieving that goal in September of 2021 when everything I had ever written (or at least wanted to ADMIT I had written!) was posted - except for one piece. The problem was that I was unable to find that piece - the score and parts were missing from my files, and since it had not been published and was written prior to my introduction to computer notation thirty years ago, I knew my only hope was to search high and low until I found it. I finally gave up the search and decided it was lost, which was of course when I stumbled upon the original score while looking for something totally unrelated! I put it into Sibelius notation and created a NotePerformer recording, so I am pleased to say that the Golden Panther March lives again! You can have a look/listen here.

Sound Innovations

The Band Director's Toolkit

This 42-page eBook offers 20 compelling ideas for improving your band today.

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Hit the Highest Notes

This 23-page eBook offers tips for hosting a successful honor ensemble festival.

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