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ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS

Bloomington HS - October 2007My original compositions have a fresh, contemporary sound while still being memorable and melodic. I make sure the pacing moves at an appropriate pace while allowing a variety of textures and colors to come through. I am pleased to say that my original shows have been performed at state and circuit finals alike. One of the main advantages of performing an original composition is that you will not have to deal with securing copyright clearance.

Wanting to have a section of the show with only brass so your woodwinds can move to flag? Would you like a portion of the show to only have woodwinds and mallets so the brass can be part of an involved visual presentation? Whether you have an outstanding section that should be featured often or are looking for creative and appropriate ways to mask a weaker section, all of these things can be accomplished when you commission an original show. We will work together with your concept and design parameters to create a show that truly fits YOUR ensemble. Please note that commissioning original shows often takes more time and effort than arranging. Because of this, please get in touch with me by March to insure timely delivery to you and the rest of your staff.

I write all my music with Finale 2014 and utilize the Garritan Personal Orchestra Concert & Marching Band sound font for the MP3s. All scores and parts are delivered as Adobe PDF files. Should you also decide to have me write your drill, I provide online videos of the drill synced with the music for your students and staff to watch and listen to fully animated drill. This allows your students to be able to see the "big picture" ahead of time allowing them to have a better understanding of their responsibilities when they hit the field.  I am a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and publish all of my original works through my publishing company TMP.

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WORKS FOR CONCERT BAND

THE NEGATIVE UTOPIA (Grade 4)
Music inspired by George Orwell's novel "1984"
Download The Negative Utopia (6:41)

ORIGINAL MARCHING BAND SHOWS

GEORGE ORWELL'S "1984" (Grade 4)
Originally commissioned by Bloomington High School, Bloomington, IL
Music inspired by the novel of the same name.
Currently available exclusively through Center X Productions

ALL THE KINGS MEN (Grade 3.5)
Originally commissioned by Champaign Central High School, Champaign, IL
Chivalry. Honor. Betrayal?
Currently available exclusively through Center X Productions (under alternate title)

BEYOND THE INFINITE (Grade 2.5)
Originally commissioned by Mott High School, Waterford, MI
An optimistic show about outer space featuring quotes of other recognizable songs.

CHAIN REACTION (Grade 3.5)
Originally commissioned by Champaign Central High School, Champaign, IL
The sequel to the show Metamorphosis! One thing always leads to another...

DIES IRAE (Grade 3.5)
Originally commissioned by Stephen F. Austin High School, Austin, TX
The Day of Judgement, featuring original themes along with those of Verdi and Mozart

THE DIVINE COMEDY (Grade 2.5)
Originally commissioned by Marengo High School, Marengo, IL
Music inspired by Dante Alighieri's epic poem of the same name.
Currently available exclusively through Center X Productions

INDUSTRY (Grade 3)
Originally commissioned by Mott High School, Waterford, MI
Following the events of a day in the factory.
Currently available exclusively through Center X Productions

IT'S ABOUT TIME (Grade 3)
Originally commissioned by Marengo High School, Marengo, IL
No matter who or where you are, time always marches on.

METAMORPHOSIS (Grade 3.5)
Originally commissioned by Champaign Central High School, Champaign, IL
The caterpillar looks toward the sky knowing his day will come...

NOT THE NINTH (Grade 3.5)
Originally commissioned by Bloomington High School, Bloomington, IL
Inspired by SCV's "Not the Nutcracker", this is a dark exploration of Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

OUTSIDE THE BOX (Grade 3.5)
Originally commissioned by Athens High School, Troy, MI
A creative look at thinking outside the box featuring a strong woodwind section.
Currently available exclusively through Center X Productions

primarySECONDARY (Grade 3.5)
Originally commissioned by North Farmington High School, Farmington Hills, MI
Red, yellow, and blue: the building blocks of the spectrum.

RHAPSODY IN RED (Grade 3.5)
Originally commissioned by Champaign Central High School, Champaign, IL
An aggressive 4 movement work featuring a strong brass section with a stronger lead trumpet.

THE RIVER (Grade 4)
Originally commissioned by Champaign Central High School, Champaign, IL
All it takes is one tiny drop to get the river started towards the ocean.
Currently available exclusively though Center X Productions

RUSSIAN DANCES (Grade 3.5)
Originally commissioned by Grand Haven High School, Grand Haven, MI
A symphonic take on traditional Russian folk melodies

SHADOWS OF THE ZODIAC (Grade 3.5)
Originally commissioned by Athens High School, Troy, MI
What stories lie beyond the night sky?
Currently available exclusively through Center X Productions

TWELVE NIGHTS (Grade 3.5)
Originally commissioned by Killingly High School, Danielson, CT
A dark exploration on familiar themes of the winter months.

  • Twelve Nights
  • Stille Nacht
  • Bells

COMING SOON

IMPOSSIBILITIES: THE WORKS OF M.C. ESCHER (Grade 3.5)
Music inspired by four of M.C. Escher's incredible works.

DOWNLOAD SAMPLES

Click here to download a sample score page.

Click here to download a sample part at 8.5x11 size.

Click here to download a sample part at march size.

Revised: 29 Oct 2013