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Staying Power - new concert band piece

My latest piece for high school concert band is a selection dedicated to Doug Bennett and the Wooster High School Concert Band in Wooster, Ohio. Staying Power refers to the dedication of my former colleague as he embarks on his 33rd year as the band's director and 38th year as a music teacher in the state of Ohio. Check it out and give it a listen here.


Ned Of The Hill - traditional Irish ballad for full orchestra

The latest in a series of full orchestra pieces, Ned Of The Hill is a lovely Irish ballad. Opening with solo horn, this composition is based on a pretty 16th century melody. Learn more about it and give it a listen here.


Sunset On Cape Cod Bay for full orchestra

Inspired by the beauty of an ocean sunset, Sunset On Cape Cod Bay reflects the calm and serenity that one feels watching the sun set over an ocean horizon. To learn more about my most recent composition for full orchestra, go here.


By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

With a rubato beginning followed by an easy swing, By The Light Of The Silvery Moon is another in a series of full orchestra arrangements. I hope this piece makes your (Doris) day. Learn about it here.


A traditional Scottish air arranged for full orchestra

I recently finished an arrangement of a lovely Scottish air, Land O' The Leal. I'm very pleased with how this one turned out. The goal of this setting was to bring out the simple beauty of the melody and express the melancholy of the 19th century text by Lady Nairne. Learn more about it here.


Cape Cod Shanty for Full Orchestra

Next up for me has been a number of full orchestra pieces. Cape Cod Shanty is an arrangement of a traditional sea shanty, Cape Cod Girls. It's a peculiar little song, but it makes for an exciting and fun piece for orchestra. You can learn more about the composition and give it a listen here.


The Adventures of Mark Otto

The Adventures of Mark Otto is a new beginning band piece intended to reinforce an understanding of marcato. Mark Otto is "a relatively short, but strong, guy with an interesting accent." To learn about this fun little piece, go here.


New piece for high school band

It's been a pretty busy winter for writing new music. I was pleased to compose a piece for a fine local HS band, the Dennis-Yarmouth Concert Band. It's a celebration about returning to performances after a long absence. Learn about Red Right Return here.