Compositions

While I do some symphonic writing, composing and arranging for small marching bands and marching percussion ensembles are my specialties. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing a piece that I have written or having a custom piece or show written for your band.

Marching Band Shows

American Bravery
Southwestern Marching Spartans, 2016

This show opener is a medley of “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Yankee Doodle,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Inspired by the 4th verse of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” it is a declaration of the strength and resilience of the American spirit.

Rise
Southwestern Marching Spartans, 2017

This show is based on Maya Angelou’s poem “Still, I Rise.” This excerpt is the 3rd movement, which begins with a percussion feature to perform the poem’s aggressive 6th stanza. It progresses into the uplifting finale, based on the poem’s repetitive, declarative final 2 stanzas.

Percussion Arrangements for Marching Bands

The X-Factor
Southport Marching Cardinals, 2009

This show opener was written for an intermediate-level percussion section.

The Road Not Taken
Triton Central Marching Tigers, 2011

This excerpt of an advanced-level battery book includes the end of the ballad and the show’s percussion feature.

Rage
Muncie Central Bearcat Pride, 2012

This full show recording was written for a percussion section at an intermediate difficulty level.

Indoor Marching Percussion Shows

Connect
Muncie Central Bearcat Pride, 2012

This show is entirely written from original music. It emphasizes the importance of human connection and demonstrates ways that people communicate. A nice example is at 2:20 in the recording, where the front ensemble accompanies the drumline performing folk dance-inspired choreography. The ensemble had excellent mallet players featured in a run section at 3:45 and a fantastic multi-tenor soloist who is featured right after that.

Bump in the Night
Muncie Central Bearcat Pride, 2013

This show was designed to feel like an old animated cartoon and use Romantic-era music to tell the story. A couple of young lovers on an idyllic picnic in the park (Debussy’s Clair de Lune), when night falls (Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), phantoms awake (Greig’s In the Hall of the Mountain King) and torment the couple (Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel and Saint-Saens’s Danse Macabre). The sunrise at the end of Danse Macabre sends the phantoms back into hiding, and the couple manages to escape under the conclusion of Clair de Lune.

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