Huh -- hard to believe that it's been something like 5 years since I've updated, posted, or otherwise maintained this website.
Why? Well, because life.
In the last 5 years, I've gotten married, bought a car, junked a car, bought another car, moved twice, adopted a puppy, and had 3 different day jobs. It's been busy! Sadly, not nearly busy enough in my music life. That is, until recently. Now, I've got a couple projects that I'm working on!
First -- One of my brothers has a polka band (yes, a POLKA BAND), for which I'm the once-in-a-while keyboard player. He lives in Wisconsin, so I play gigs when he's in town or when I'm visiting. Anyway, we're recording a new album! We're hoping to have it finished by early next year! It's tough to work on it when we live 325 miles apart, but it's coming along nicely! You can follow along with the process and check out other awesome stuff on the band's Facebook page.
Second -- Earlier this year I was asked to write a piece for grade 3 concert band by the Libera Composers Association. The LCA seeks to bring new, exciting, and affordable music to high school band and choir programs across the country. To do this, they enlist high schools to sign up to become a part of a commissioning consortium. This helps bring high-quality new music to their programs at a smaller cost to each school's music budget. So, I'm hard at work on that piece, trying to finalize as much as I can before schools begin to sign up. As part of the process, we work closely with any band (or choir) that signs up to tailor the piece to each individual ensembles strengths.
The piece will be premiered sometime in the spring. More details to follow on that.
To find out more about the consortium and to sign up, visit the LCA website!
And that's pretty much it. It doesn't sound like a lot, but it is, especially when I'm still working a day job.
Over the next several weeks I will be giving this website a much needed facelift.
I'm also hoping to give updates on how my projects are coming along, preferably a little more frequently than every 5 years. We'll see how that goes!
Good to be back!