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Upcoming Concert: New Works for Brass Trio(0)

April 10, 2014

On Sunday, April 13th, Black Bayou Brass will premiere six new works for brass trio. These pieces were submitted in response to a call for scores from the Mid-South Chapter of NACUSA (National Association of Composers/USA). According to its website, NACUSA is “devoted to the promotion and performance of American concert hall music,” and they are… Read More ›


More Works for Horn by Jan Koetsier

Although my solo CD Jan Koetsier: Music for Horn contains a large sampling of the composer’s works for the instrument, there are several others which I did not record. There were various logistical reasons for not including these compositions, chief among them finding the required personnel, as well as the sheer number of works. There is enough… Read More ›

Upcoming Horn Quartet Performances

I have several performances coming up over the next week or so, including an orchestral concert (Britten, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Korngold, Violin Concerto, Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite No. 1) a performance with brass quintet and choir,  and two concerts with a horn quartet. The quartet concerts are of particular interest because of the repertoire…. Read More ›

Black Bayou Brass Plays Naulais and Nelhýbel

Black Bayou Brass’s faculty recital last week went very well, and I have a few videos to share from the performance (read more about the program here). Enjoy! First is Flash, by Jérôme Naulais.  If you checked out my video of just the horn part and have been wondering what the rest of the parts sound… Read More ›

Upcoming Recital: Black Bayou Brass

Tomorrow evening Black Bayou Brass will present our annual faculty recital. (Click here for more information). As with most of our programs, we have assembled a variety of original and arranged works, making for an exciting and interesting concert. Here’s the program, with a few notes about each work. If you are in the area,… Read More ›


Sunday Review: New York Brass Arts Trio, Feats of Brass

This week’s review will take a closer look at Feats of Brass, a fantastic new recording on Arabesque Records by the New York Brass Arts Trio. The ensemble is composed of three world class musicians, David Jolley (horn), Joseph Burgstaller (trumpet), and Haim Avitsur (trombone). The performers themselves don’t really need any introduction, so this review… Read More ›

Louisiana Music Educators Association Clinic Preview

In a few weeks, my colleagues and I will be presenting a clinic at the 2013 Louisiana Music Educators Association State Conference in Baton Rouge. The topic of our clinic is chamber music for brass, and is intended to be a guide for music educators who wish to start or develop a brass chamber music… Read More ›

Monday Updates: CD Baby, Recital Videos, and Upcoming Concerts

Rather than one large post I have several brief updates to share today. First, I’m happy to report that my Koetsier recording is now available for purchase on CD Baby, in either digital download or physical format. The price is significantly lower than what Amazon is asking. It has been interesting to explore the various… Read More ›


Performing Dragons in the Sky by Mark Schultz

On October 8th, my colleague Dr. Mel Mobley and I will be performing a recital of music for horn and percussion. We will close the program with Mark Schultz’s Dragons in the Sky for Horn, Percussion, and Electronic Tape. I performed this work in 2006 for a doctoral recital, and am very excited about playing… Read More ›

Tips for Finding Out of Print Music

In my previous post, I mentioned that Verne Reynolds’s Hornvibes: Three Duos for Horn and Vibraphone was out of print, and a little tricky to track down. Luckily this doesn’t happen too often, but it can be discouraging if you are looking toprogram a specific piece and can’t get your hands on it. However, with… Read More ›


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