Watch us Live at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Happy thanksgiving, everyone! I’m once again honored to be here in New York City, serving as Assistant Director, Arranger, and Drill Writer for the annual Macy’s Great American Marching Band! Catch us along the parade route as we step off at 9am (your local time), and enjoy our highlight performance in Herald Square at 10:45am (your local time). It’s all on NBC! #mgamb #mgamb2016

Free!: 12 Weeks to a Better Concert Band

Please note that since this news item was released over a year ago, the “Care and Feeding” program has been a huge success and has now gone on sale in my music shop. You can get the item there!

I am pleased and excited to announce the initial availability of my 12-week concert band warm-up and sound development method, Concert Winds Care and Feeding.  Best of all, this initial offering is free! This project draws upon what I have learned and worked with concert bands over the decades, and distills a lot of information and methods into a program of study for high school and collegiate concert bands.  All 12 keys are explored, with rhythm reading, unison chorales, and harmonizations in every key.  The program also provides a curricular framework for assigning homework, and lays out a recommended system of ensemble tuning.

You can download and use this method completely free. For now, think of this as a piece of open source software.  It is provided free for public use, as long as is it is not altered and the composer’s attribution is not changed or removed. What I want to know is: What works? What doesn’t?  Where are there errors?  How can it be adapted to work better?
The score and parts, complete with an introduction and detailed instructions, are downloadable in one large PDF file available at this link.  Please note that this is a large file, so it may take a while to complete the download.
I look forward to hearing the results and your feedback.  Thank you, and happy banding!