Here's why I've been so busy: recordings! I've been driving pretty hard on mixing down recordings of my unit at work for various competitions that happen every year between Marine Corps Bands. It's been fun getting into the weeds with my sound gear and training my sound crew. I forgot how much I love audio engineering. I've probably mixed 50 recordings in the last couple months (that may be an exaggeration, but only slightly).
I've definitely been neglecting my writing chops. I've been slowly combing through old big band tunes and trying to give them a fresh spin. I have three I'm currently revamping and should have them completed this weekend. I'm also working on some holiday music for woodwind quintet and some new music for brass quintet. Also, showband and party band I'm going to start focusing on now.
I've been doing some rough analyzation of Eternal Father, Strong to Save today while the wife and kid have been asleep. It's been very nice to focus on this so I can get myself into gear and go down the arranging rabbit hole.
I'm also back into college to finally finish my Music degree. First up: Music History. In my 15+ years as a musician and attending college off and on for a decade, how do I NOT have music history credits?
I've also been getting a new website layout to work with. Very minimalistic, but it will allow easier access to all of my compositions in one place rather than 10. It will be the hub finally after 7 years having my .com.
Take care and keep an eye out for some new(ish) jazz tunes and a new website!