for MJS

Last month, my wife of 12 years passed away after to a year-long illness with breast cancer. While my friends and family have provided a constant flow of emotional support, many have also asked what they can tangibly do to contribute to her memory. With that in mind, please see below, forward, share, and accept my profound thanks.

news 6/9/14

Single for wind band is ready to put the worm in your ear: score & parts available from J.W. Pepper, direct from OK Feel Good Music, or by secure digital download.

news 3/19/14

Early next month, the Grand Rapids Symphony goes BOOM with Blow It Up, Start Again, on a program of all living composers curated by Amanda Harberg.

Semper Fi

On Feb. 2, 2014 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, VA, the President’s Own Marine Band conducted by Maj. Jason K. Fettig played the bejeezus out of Chunk. Someone who works for the government was smart enough to record it, and the Marines are quick enough on their feet to post it in their “New Music Corner”.

Your tax dollars at work:

My favorite part is about two minutes in, when the keyboard player (emulating a Hammond B3) just can’t help him/herself, smells an opportunity, and starts slamming out a chewy chromatic solo.

Chunk is 11 years old now. I never realized that until I saw the “©2003″ staring at me on the Marine Band web page. My old friend is aging well.

news 11/15/13

Now available on print-on-demand: Blow It Up, Start Again for full orchestra, in study score. Stuff your loved one’s stocking with the gift of concertized dubstep.

news 8/16/13

The corrected and ready-for-action Blow It Up, Start Again for wind orchestra sports officially-published performance materials, available now from OK Feel Good Music. Order up some dubstep with funk sprinkles today.


Look! I made a bouncing ball!

This performance was so remarkable, I had to do something special with it. My heartfelt thanks to Maestro Richard Clary, the Florida State University Wind Orchestra, and all the co-commissioners of the wind transcription of Blow It Up, Start Again.

news 5/2/13

New Work: the Pop-tastic Single for wind band, commissioned by The Consortium for the Advancement of Wind Band Literature.

New Audio: Symphony No. 1, My Hands Are a City, performed last month by conductor Mallory Thompson‘s extraordinary Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

news 3/18/13

New Work: Prayers of Steel, for brass quintet, commssioned by Chicago’s hot young Gaudete Brass. Written in honor of John Corigliano’s 75th Birthday, the work premieres next month at Gaudete’s Corigliano Birthday Celebration Concert.

news 3/6/13

View all your options for purchasing 3 O’Clock Mix for your school ensemble, including print-on-demand score, secure download of the parts, or a Score & CD performance set from J.W. Pepper.