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April 2, 2015

I have many fond memories from my time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and among my favorites is Four Part Invention, a horn quartet made up of graduate students. Recently I was able to convert an old VHS recording of a quartet recital from the spring of 2004. I’m not sure of the exact date,… Read More ›

Upcoming Conference: 2015 Southeast Horn Workshop at LSU

Next weekend I’ll be heading to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge for the 2015 Southeast Horn Workshop, hosted by LSU Professor of Horn Seth Orgel. Professor Orgel has put together a fantastic lineup of guest artists, exhibitors, and master classes, and this promises to be a great conference. Gail Williams and Adam Unsworth will… Read More ›

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Chamber Music Rehearsal Flowchart

Next week our brass trio will be giving a guest recital and master class at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. I’m looking forward to this performance for a number of reasons, one of them being a chance to catch up with Justin Isenhour, a former classmate from my undergraduate days at Appalachian State University…. Read More ›

Recordings from Big 12 Trombone Conference

Black Bayou Brass recently completed a successful tour, culminating in a performance at the 2015 Big 12 Trombone Conference, hosted by Professor James Decker at Texas Tech University. Our program of new music for brass trio was very well received, and the performance was archived on video. Here are individual recordings of each work on… Read More ›

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Semester Preview, Part 1: Brass Trio Performances and Guest Artists

Greetings to my readers, and best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2015! Here is my customary semester overview, but this time I decided to break it into two portions. We have a lot of events going on this spring, with quite a few of them occurring in the first few weeks of the semester…. Read More ›

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Recommended Websites: Fall 2014 Edition

With the end of the semester swiftly approaching, activities in our department are beginning to ramp up. These additional commitments, combined with various other performances and projects, will limit my posting to this website. I hope to post a few more times before the year’s end, but this will probably be my last one for… Read More ›

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Upcoming Recital: Music for Horns and Organ

On Tuesday, October 7th, I’ll be performing my annual faculty recital. The venue for this performance will be First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, Louisiana, which has a wonderful pipe organ in the sanctuary. (The image at right is NOT of the organ at First Pres., but rather a stock public domain image.) Two good friends… Read More ›

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Summer Update, and Brass Trio Lists

I’ve been enjoying some much-needed vacation time this summer, complete with an extended hiatus from blogging. Although I haven’t posted any new content for the last several weeks, this time has not been spent idly. Summer is a great time to work on various projects and get in lots of focused practice sessions. Here’s a… Read More ›

Upcoming Performance: International Women’s Brass Conference

Although I have a number of projects to work on this summer, one big event will be a performance with Black Bayou Brass at the International Women’s Brass Conference, June 4-8 on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. I’ve never attended an IWBC, but have heard very good things about both the organization and the… Read More ›

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Upcoming Concert: New Works for Brass Trio

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 isĀ “devoted to the promotion and performance of American concert hall music,” and they are… Read More ›

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