WHEN I'M NOT BUSY MANAGING OR TRAVELING WITH MY BANDS, I WRITE MUSIC.
SAMPLE WORK (BY GENRE)
There's a story behind every piece of music. These epic orchestral pieces started out as piano sketches, really as mental exercises. I decided to write each in a different time signature. Then I orchestrated each piano part with only the limits of my imagination. There was no intentional story, I let the music dictate where it wanted to go.
Afterwards, I wrote a basic storyline of what I think each of the below pieces tells, but use your imagination and feel free to let me know what you hear! Writing just for the sake of writing is something that doesn't get to happen very often, so these were fun projects to say the least.
Black Friday: Before COVID, people would line up for hours in anticipation of the shoppiest holiday. Little did we know what darkness lies within each eager shopper, as they trample over each other in search of the perfect holiday deal. Listen as chaos and glory ensue once the store doors open.
Metro 5000: The future of cars. Where will they take us?
Lullaby for J.W.: I wrote this piece in the Fall of 2020 as an homage to my favorite film composer, John Williams. It's what I imagine he might hear in his head when he goes to bed at night.
From Rain to Shine: Breakups are always difficult, but there can be a bright side if you're willing to look for it.
Wheel of Time Cartoon Theme: This piece actually started out as a melancholy piano song but once I began the orchestrating process, it turned into an Epic Fantasy piece. It became evident to me that it could serve as an episodic introduction to a cartoon TV series about my favorite fantasy series, The Wheel of Time by the late Robert Jordan. If you're familiar with the series, you might recognize my choice of instruments to represent each of the three main characters. I used Flute for the main melody (Rand al Thor's instrument), French Horn for a counter melody (Mat Cauthon's Horn of Valere) and Percussion/Anvil for Perrin, the blacksmith.
If you're interested in using any part of these or commissioning me for some original work, please contact me here.
These are 2020 inspired musings with a beat.
I arrange the wind books for a few competitive high school marching bands. Although saxophone is my main instrument, I taught myself how to play mellophone and marched at both Carolina Crown and The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, which gave me experience playing in top notch brass horn lines. I still cherish those memories to this day! I'd say it's a given that I like to write powerful brass moments in most of my work. If you're interested in hiring me as an arranger for your marching band, you can contact me here.
I LOVE THE SOUND OF
A POWERFUL BRASS HORN LINE.
Panther Creek High School Marching Band 2019