Monday, July 22, 2013

Some realizations.

It has been fun this last week having the Quantico Marine Corps Band Brass Quintet read down four of my compositions (another BIG shout out to them!) but I have made some realizations about my compositions: some work better as brass quintets and some work better as full concert band pieces. I further have decided to take down a couple of my concert band pieces because they sound incomplete, at least to me, and I'm no longer happy with them. Likewise, I've made a lot of good improvements to several of my pieces (most of which have been re-posted or will be in the week).

I figured it was foolhardy to become so used to writing a little everyday because now we have a concert coming up at work and I suddenly have found a lot of work to be done! Enter: Public Affairs, something I never thought I'd be doing (thanks AJ) AND getting some quality time with my sound board. Needless to say, I have to put some of my extra curriculars on the back burner...for now. 

Still aiming to get some brass band transcriptions ready to play in the near future (those are at least limited to a couple different keys!)

As always, if you like my music, please share with friends! Until next time, adieu. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer leave productivity.

Well, I feel like I've been busy, but as I  make modifications and give the final touches to my compositions, the more I realize I have to do. So, even though I've combed through four of my compositions for concert band (and, additionally, created brass quintet and saxophone quartet reductions), I've still got eight or so more concert band pieces as well as probably 20 or so jazz tunes. It's gonna be a long process, but the product will be better in the end. And theoretically, I won't really touch them again (maybe aside from minor editing), because the content will be, at long last, set for good. Speaking of which, if you all didn't listen to my new renditions of my old work within the last couple weeks check out my Facebook Page or my SoundCloud page for the newest information and midi mock ups of my compositions.

In other news, I've just started to peruse the scores for Claude T. Smith's "Eternal Father Strong to Save" as well as Gustav Holst's "First Suite in Eb." I kind of don't know what I'm looking for, but just trying to see the pictures (because I love pictures!) that are being created as a whole is enlightening.

So, that being said, I am plugging away at revamping these compositions. I am also trying to get my website to be the centralized hub of all my stuff to include purchasing the compositions through my website or if that doesn't work, Score Exchange will remain the purchasing tool. We'll see what wizardry I can cook up.

PS, does anyone know how to accurately sync up Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr? I'm having major issues and like triple posts and junk. Weird.