As the summer break is winding down to the final minutes, I’d like to reflect the many events that have happened over the summer.

  • I worked for my Dad from Day 1 of the summer break until yesterday. I am very glad that I not only earned some cash, but I was able to help the family as well.
  • I was able to collaborate with Gretchen Renshaw, University of Arkansas euphonium performance masters student, on Fantonium. Unfortunately, I have not been able to double-check this piece in a while since I had work and a few other obligations in the way.
  • I finished Concert Etudes #1 for piano, began working on the saxophone/euphonium duet, and making progress on the woodwind trio.
  • Despite not having much progress on composing new works, I was able to arrange a piece for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. The performance was well received and JSO director Stephen Osmond told me that the JSO will definitely consider me for any future projects.

Now, this school year will be my first year as a masters student!

I am looking forward to the many opportunities that will come up. I’m also looking forward to studying with Dr. Ricardo Lorenz, who will help me with whatever is necessary to become a successful composer, musician, person, and product!

I hope that all of you had a great summer and have a great school year!

It has been about a month since the last post.

I have not been able to work on many pieces in July because I was given the opportunity of arranging a brass band work for orchestra. In this particular case, it was for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra along with the trombone section of the Capital City Brass Band. I finished the project last night and the arrangement will be performed on Saturday, July 30th at 7:30pm in the Jackson Community College Potter Center.

This project has been a milestone for me, because in the past, I have worked on smaller transcriptions, and sold a copy of Fantonium to a euphoniumist in the U.K., but I have never arranged a work from a large ensemble to a larger ensemble.

I hope you get the chance to check the performance out. Unfortunately, this performance is not free, but it’s not expensive! If I’m wrong on the price, let me know. $4