Big update.....I will be taking over as Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Studies at Boise State University in the fall! Very excited to be moving to the Treasure Valley and to get the opportunity to build the trumpet/jazz program and run the Gene Harris Jazz Fest. More to come soon....
12.15.2011Plans for the spring
It occurs to me that I should update this more often (it also occurs to me that I say that every 6 months when I remember to update). Lots of good stuff happening as we try and close out the year!
ULM's trumpet section got quite a bit bigger this year--the marching band section went from 4 to 12, and I'm hoping to be around 15-17 for next season! We welcome 2 new music education majors for the spring semester and are bringing in our first (hopefully of many) student from Texas for the fall. If you're interested in looking at ULM for school, be aware of our great scholarship packages for next year (up to $16,000 in music scholarships, up to $45,000 in academic scholarships, and for non-Louisiana residents, waivers of out-of-state tuition worth around $32,000)!
In touring news, I am all over the country (and world) this year:
**Mirari Brass Quintet -- had a great tour in Nevada & California in the fall, and looking forward to coming to visit me in Louisiana/Mississippi in February and Utah/Idaho in May. We will be finishing up recording of our first CD, "Spires", in June and hope to have the CD release party at our Fall 2012 tour in Chicagoland
**Black Bayou Brass -- the newly renamed resident faculty brass trio at ULM just returned from great tours in Texas and Mississippi. While we were in Dallas, we got the chance to open for Stephen King, who was giving a reading from his new book on JFK. The really exciting news is that we will be traveling to Thailand in June performing on the concert series of the Mahidol Conservatory, amongst other places.
**Cypress Park Jazz Quartet -- brand new group comprised of ULM faculty and alumni Bach Norwood on bass. We had a great tour earlier this semester in New Orleans and look forward to other performances around the state. We will be spending the first part of January on tour in HAWAII (!!) giving a performance at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, as well as playing at several schools, Leeward Community College, and several clubs: Sarento's, Jazz Minds, and the Moana Terrace. Stay tuned for updates about a possible Midwest tour in April!
Other things of note:
** I'll be giving recitals and masterclasses at Northeastern State University (OK) and the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith in April. Big thanks to Jason Dovel and Matt Vangjel for hosting!
** If you didn't catch my improvisation clinic: "Improvisation Games: Going Beyond the Blues Scale" at the Louisiana Music Educators Conference, I will be giving another one at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Columbus, GA on Tuesday, May 22.
** Cross your fingers--my dissertation will be done by the end of next semester! Finding some really interesting results about the difference in perceived performance quality between audio-only and videoed recordings and how performers' stage presence and body language affects it.
07.17.2011Another year, another update....
Very busy summer that feels like it's coming to a close too soon! Started with a Mirari Brass tour in New York/Connecticut, an inspiring trip for me and a few students to the ITG Conference in Minneapolis, vacation in Italia, and Mirari Boot Camp in Indiana (where we recorded almost half of our upcoming album, including Austin Jaquith's mammoth Quintet for Brass!). Now I'm in Wisconsin visiting family and spending a few weeks teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Music Camps. Heard some really talented middle school students audition today (how young is too young to start recruiting--and is it appropriate to do on the campus of another school??)
I'm looking forward to getting back to Monroe in a few weeks and preparing for the year ahead---very excited to be traveling to California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Louisiana, and Mississippi with Mirari and Thailand with the Chamber Arts Brass as well as another year of working with my awesome trumpet players!
11.20.2010Back from Tour!
Just got back from a fantastic tour with the Mirari Brass! Met a lot of great folks at Western Carolina University, Coastal Carolina University, Georgia State University, and all the public concerts that we played along the way. It's so inspiring to have a chance to work with and play for talented and motivated students and it's great to finally get the payoff from the countless hours it takes to set up these tours!
By the way, if you are looking for my arrangement of Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, it is up on the Mirari web site. Also just posted, my composition Canyon Run, which we use as an opener for many of our shows. Both are free to download in PDF format!
Finally, we are auditioning students for the 2011-2012 class at ULM. If you are interested in being a trumpet major, or would like to join the trumpet studio (or play in the ensembles) as a non-major, please contact me right away at firstname.lastname@example.org!
09.09.2010Fall 2010 Updates!
If it's September, it must be time for the annual update! I know I've been really bad about keeping up with news and events, so here are some of the plans for this year:
- Finishing out Week 3 in my new job teaching trumpet and jazz at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Students and colleagues are wonderful, and I'm having a blast so far! Stay tuned for upcoming performances by our faculty trio, the Chamber Arts Brass, and news of this spring's ULM Brass Day.
- The next Mirari Brass Tour will be this November 10-19, traveling through Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Look for us at Georgia State University, Converse College, Western Carolina University, Coastal Carolina University, Kennesaw State University, and others. Exact tour details can be found on the Mirari web site: http://www.miraribrass.com
- New recordings available soon from the summer and spring!
Just a quick note to say that the website has been updated with the latest (and biggest) jazz handbook from this past summer at PAI. Also, there are new sound clips from my residency at Washburn University, as well as a brand new version of the Persichetti Parable.
If you like what you hear, please drop me a note!
01.14.2010Spring Semester news!
This spring will bring a couple of exciting projects. First, the 2010 Indiana State Jazz Festival will be taking place on Saturday, February 20, featuring guest artist Eric Alexander. The afternoon performance will masterclass from Eric and a small group concert featuring Eric, myself, John Spicknall, and others. That evening, Eric will perform with the ISU Jazz Ensemble!
In March, the Mirari Brass Quintet will be touring through the northeastern U.S., doing a series of education concerts/clinics at universities, high schools, middle schools, and churches. Some of our stops include:
State University of New York-Potsdam
We are extremely excited to feature brand-new commissioned works by Cornell composer Eric Nathan and Cedarville University professor Austin Jaquith, as well as new compositions/arrangements by group members Glen Dimick & myself.
Stay tuned for Mirari updates, as well as the upcoming launch of our website!
10.01.2009Stay tuned for Mirari Brass Quintet news
The Mirari Brass Quintet is in the early stages of planning our spring tour. We will be doing performances in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut, and will be premiering several new works for quintet! More details to follow as we get confirmed bookings!
If your college, high school, middle school, church, or performing arts venue would like to bring in the Mirari Brass for a masterclass or performance, please contact us from this website!
08.29.2009Finally, an update!
Starting this fall, I am teaching at Indiana State University, directing the Jazz Ensemble and playing with the Faculty Brass! Check out the Jazz Ensemble concert on November 5th.
Projects for this semester include: my final doctoral recital on September 12 in Bloomington, a two-week residency at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and the Athor Ensemble going into the studio to record Stravinsky's l'Histoire du Soldat & David Baker's Homage to l'Histoire.
Coming soon, recordings from PAI 2009!
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