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Sunday, October 31, 2004

Jim, Newman and I want to thank Mark Whitlock, Dan Eaton, the UMD bands, the Twin Ports Wind Ensemble, the Gold and Maroon bands, and everyone involved in this residency for making it such a terrific experience. We made some great music, and hope everyone involved had as much of a blast as we did!

 


Pictures from the Friday-night concert in Duluth:

 


Saturday, October 30, 2004

Jim, Steve, and I are having a great time up here in Duluth -- we're incredibly tired (long day) so this will be a short entry: suffice it to say that with us up on the podium (and Jim soloing) it seemed possible that the UMD Symphonic Winds and the Twin Ports Wind Ensemble were having as much fun as we were... More clinics, rehearsals, and concerts on the morrow.

 


Wednesday, October 27, 2004

While sitting in the Minneapolis airport, waiting for my connecting flight to Duluth, I thought I'd share a picture from after the rehearsal yesterday with Dennis Fisher:



Thanks to Nick Williams for taking the photo in his subway-themed office... 


Live from the DFW airport...

I'd like to add a huge THANK YOU to Jonathan Hooper and the Tarleton University Winds - you all did a fantastic job, and we can't thank you enough for your time and dedication. Check out their concert tomorrow night (28th) in Stephenville, TX, and you'll get a huge dose of well-done BCM music!

I spent yesterday listening to Dennis Fisher and the Univ. North Texas Symphonic Band rehearse Stampede, and it's going to ROCK. I'm really excited by how the band sounds, and wish them the best of luck on a great program next week. If you're in the Dallas area on Thursday, Nov. 4th, check out their concert at the Univ. of North Texas.

Thanks again to both groups! Now, on to Duluth... 


Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Texas was a blast -- our sincerest thanks to Jonathan Hooper and his most-excellent Tarleton State University Wind Ensemble -- props to the band for a successful recording session! And if you find yourself at the "Hard 8" BBQ in Stephenville, TX, make sure you get your pork chop dipped in lemon butter...

So now Jim and I are back in our respective cities for a one day turnaround before we meet up again with Steve in MN where a LOT of BCM is going down at the end of the week. Next stop: Duluth! We'll blog from up there I'm sure -- stay tuned... 


Monday, October 25, 2004

Yesterday's Men of Industry recording session at Tarleton State University a big success. The ensemble worked hard, and sounded great. Here Jim starts work on the 1st edits...


while my contribution at this point is less tangible...
 


Saturday, October 23, 2004

Arrived in Stephenville TX this afternoon with Jim & Steve via flights to Dallas in from O'Hare, Newark, and LaGuardia respectively. Tomorrow we start a series of recording sessions with Jonathan Hooper's ensemble at Tarleton State University. From here we go to yet another state (and completely different climate) to join the Band Festival that happens up at Univ. MN Duluth next week, where plenty of BCM gets played, conducted, and taught.

But for now it's state-of-the-art laptops, Schoeps mics, miles of cabling, Steve's Motu 828, Jim's masterful recording engineering skills, and a whole lot of music to lay down... 


Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Jim, Newm, Steve, and Eric at a coffee house discussing BCM business...

 


Monday, October 18, 2004

BCM had a full day of interviews and hangin' out today. The first photo is of us in Union Square, just before our interview for New Music Box (we'll be in the December issue). The second is from after our interview with Ginny Allen tonight. More soon...



 


Sunday, October 17, 2004

All BCM composers in New York City this week -- we've got a series of interviews, and will be beginning the detail work for the new CD release...we'll blog in with new stuff as much as we can while everyone's here. 


Saturday, October 16, 2004

Recorded my newest piece, "TranZendental Danse of Joi" today! Milton Allen conducted WIND ENSEMBLE X -- a hand-picked group of the some of the best college musicians in Ohio. Jim Gray was kind enough to offer us the facilities at Dublin Scioto High School in Columbus, Ohio, and Alan Bise came down from Cleveland to record this project. It was an amazing experience watching this all come together, and I was amazed and inspired by the strength and sensitivity these musicians brought to this project. You can read all about the entire process of this project on my my blog