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Miss Admiral Gordon's Strathspey

Composed around 1775 by Scottish fiddler William Marshall, Miss Admiral Gordon’s Strathspey is a traditional strathspey dance tune. It was written in honor of Margaret Gordon, daughter and only surviving child of Admiral William Gordon. Named for the Strathspey region of Scotland, the strathspey dance is a popular form of country dance, usually in 4/4 time and slower than a reel or jig. It is characterized by the use of the “Scots Snap" rhythm — a sixteenth note followed by a dotted eighth note, or in reverse order.

Learn more about this arrangement and give it a listen here.


Swan Pond Soliloquy for Full Orchestra

Everyone needs a peaceful place to think and reflect. For me, that place can be found in the serenity of nearby Swan Pond. Learn about my latest for full orchestra, Swan Pond Soliloquy here.


Quirky Little Tune for Beginning Band

Latest from me is a quirky little tune for beginning band, Clink Clank Clunk. It celebrates the many sounds and textures of the wind band, particularly some creative onomatopoeia explored by the percussion section. Check it out and give it a listen here.

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Chasing Joy for Concert Band

I set out to write a piece that evokes optimism and aspiration. The result is my latest for concert band, Chasing Joy. Learn about the piece and give it a listen here.


Light Appears

New for concert band is the ballad, Light Appears. Meant to evoke a sense of optimism and hope, this uplifting piece strives to illustrate the warmth and expressiveness of the wind ensemble. Learn more about it here.


Positive Energy

My latest composition for string orchestra is Positive Energy. This uptempo piece challenges string players to master a spiccato bow stroke and navigate many string crossings. Learn more about it here.