A quick reflection on the summer

The amount of travel that i’ve done over the summer along with the projects that i’ve been responsible for has made the summer fly by very quickly. I’ve visited some old friends, some for the first time in over 14 years, made some new ones, did some wonderful guest teaching with the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps, all while plugging away with my big marching band projects at Tulane and at Hermiston.

This weekend will mark my last trip for the summer, going out to San Francisco to participate in the Festival of Contemporary Music where my piece Timpani Forces is being performed. I’m excited to have it programmed and be a part of some great contemporary music.

After that’s completed, i’ll be deep in the throes of the TUMB band camp which will officially mark the end of a whirlwind summer. Hopefully next summer will be as busy with projects, but less difficult on the finances. :) Lots of love to everyone who i saw over this summer, and hopefully will see in the not-too-distant future.

Timpani Forces accepted into the 9th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music in SF!

After a successful debut of Timpani Forces here in New Orleans, the piece is now going to be performed in San Francisco! Many thanks to Dave Constantine whose stellar performance (now up on youtube) helped sell the piece to the festival runners to have it performed.

The concert is going to be July 30th at the Community Music Center in the Mission District. I”m very excited to take the trip out there and throw myself into the mix of what i’m sure is going to be a great concert of contemporary music. More details can be found at http://newmusicforum.com/. Hope to see you there!

Past, Present, Future

It’s been a busy couple of months for me and things aren’t going to be slowing down any time soon!

After a very successful Mardi Gras season during the latter part of february and early march, i had only a little bit of a breather before dealing with final preparations for the TUMB spring concert and my NienteForte contemporary music ensemble concert. The TUMB concert is this wednesday, and the NienteForte concert is this sunday! I’m very excited for both concerts, particularly the NienteForte concert, to have Dave Constantine come down to do a world premiere of Timpani Forces and to put on some other great music.

Once the excitement of that concert is over and after I perform a wedding ceremony on April 16th, my project plans will be to focus on fall marching band season. I’m again working with Hermiston High School, but this time instead of just writing their music, i’ll be writing both their music and drill. It will be a new challenge for me, but one that i’m preparing for by doing a lot of drill writing exercises to get familiar with Pyware and to start to get my head wrapped around drill writing concepts. This coupled with my duties with Tulane will keep me pretty occupied over the summer.

Once the summer is finished, i’ll be focusing on the choir piece that was originally slated for Fall of 2011 and has now been pushed to Spring of 2012. In the middle of that i’m going to try to work in an electronic music project dealing with some speech samples i took during a cab ride home over christmas. I’ve decided that i want it to be a Max piece or a series of Max pieces, which means that i need to get my Max chops back in place.

It’s going to be a busy remainder of 2010, but i’m looking forward to it. It feels right to continue to push my creative outlet mixed in with my other duties and passions.