Mendel’s Latest


  • The Spaces Between at #NMB2022
    My recent percussion quartet has been accepted into the New Music on the Bayou 2022 Summer Festival! I’m excited and honored to have my music performed alongside some of today’s most accomplished and relevant composers. Head to for details!
  • World Expo 2020
    Tulane Bands was invited to perform at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, UAE! It was a great honor to design, rehearse, and direct our performances with my colleague Andrew Szypula. Check out Tulane Bands social media for highlights!
  • You’ve Made Me Hungry
    Mezzo-soprano extraordinaire and all around amazing human being Megan Ihnen is planning on doing a production of a work I wrote for her and two other vocalists (You’ve Made Me Hungry) in the Fall of 2021. Stay tuned for more details!


Blog posts

  • Abandoning Self-Inflicted Barriers – a retrospective on “The Spaces Between”
    It was exactly one year ago today that the music video for The Spaces Between premiered on YouTube in conjunction with a Composer Conversation series in which I was the featured composer. Since then, the work is slowly spreading its wings. Specifically, it’s going to be performed as a part of New Music on the Bayou 2022, and it was selected for a new music YouTube page that I can’t talk about yet. It’s also […]
  • Shifting Trajectories
    In the summer of 2008, I was working a corporate gig focused on data insights, a job that I surprisingly really enjoyed. Part of that had to do with my developing love of data and how data can tell meaningful stories. Another part of that had to do with my team, a small but mighty group of talented and smart people with a fantastic boss that nurtured our success and kept us as insulated as […]
  • Evolving the brand of Tulane Bands
    As Tulane Bands has recently officially unveiled its rebranding, I thought it would be worth documenting and writing about the history of the brand and its logos throughout the program’s recent history from my perspective as the primary brand force. The Original Logo The very first Tulane University Marching Band logo was developed prior to my hiring in 2008. This functioned pretty well within the brand philosophy of Tulane University and our association with it […]