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Thursday, April 28, 2005

BCM goes back to it's roots this weekend, at least in part. I'll be guest conducting the band at my alma mater, Wyoming Valley West High School, in Plymouth PA, On Friday I'll get to clinic with the students, visit with old friends and faculty, and rehearse Moon by Night for Sunday afternoon's concert. The band is now under the direction of Andy Kolojejchick, an old chum from my days at WVW, so whoever said you can't go home again was certainly not talking about my activities this weekend... 

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Stampede recording session - UNT Wind Symphony

Sat in on the UNT Wind Symphony recording session this morning for my piece, Stampede. These players are flat-out phenomenal, and it's been truly satisfying to hear them (and the Symphonic Band last Fall) play this piece. Gene Corporon and the whole crew (Dennis Fisher, Jack Stamp, Nick Williams, and the host of unsung heroes known as Teaching Fellows/grad. assistants) were great to work with - many thanks! The sessions for the UNT discs have a reputation for being intense, but we finished Stampede early - the band knew it cold, and we ripped right through it. I prefer it that way - keeps the piece alive and fresh. I can honestly say I'd prefer a not-quite-perfect take that's dripping with enthusiasm and energy, than something perfect, cold, and lifeless. Anyway, I'm really happy with the way the session turned out this morning - should be a smokin' disc. I don't know the proposed title, but it's supposed to be out by December - I imagine I'll be pushing it on everyone that comes near our booth at Midwest this year...

Here's the group photo just after we finished:
(l-r: Nick WIlliams, Gene Corporon, me, Dennis Fisher, Jack Stamp)