Thursday, November 2nd is Campbellsville University's steel band concert and it is jam packed with ensembles from the surrounding area. Jumbies, community bands and the college will combine together to play my arrangements and compositions, leading up the world premiere of Four Leads, a follow up to the award winning Quartet No. 1. Dr. Floyd and his studio have been a huge source of motivation for me to push forward in the pan and multi-percussion realm, performing every piece I've been able to finish and some before they were done!
I look forward to meeting members of the studio as well as the community band who are equally enthusiastic about steel band! Photos and videos to come!
6 months and 8 days ago, I posted about wanting to make this website my complete online hub. The ending of my contract with Tin Can Publishing.com got me back into gear, especially going into PASIC season.
I've spent my holiday weekend finding, fixing and uploading compositions from over the last 4 years. It really is a labor of love. It's the equivalent to scrap booking old photos together. Instead of pictures, I see pieces that I wrote while living in Kentucky or Iowa and think about what I was experiencing to make me write such a thing.
I think it's clear to see that my music has tamed down quite a bit since moving back to Las Vegas and working my way in to a predictable schedule. I've finally started listening to those professors who advised to write music everyone can play and it seems to be working out, as they predicted.
I am very fortunate to be a part of the 2017 PASIC Mass Steel Band that is going to play "undiscovered" or new works for a listening audience. Las' Lap was selected to be a part of the concert as well. I can't wait to hear what that will sound like with such a large and experienced band. I have chills already. I mentioned undiscovered in quotes because I think it is so easy for literature to go under the radar for years. For every steel band that needs 10 charts a year, there are probably 100 charts sitting on a hard drive looking for a band to play them. I am grateful to have some momentum building in the last couple of months, which will definitely peak with PASIC this year.