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Monday, May 23, 2005

A slew of musicians from Champlin Park High School. I'm in there too.

Chaos reigned in Minnesota last week! The Thursday night performance at Anoka High School was particularly chaotic, as I blew the amplifier halfway through the third movement -- in an instant my screaming guitar was rendered totally inaudible. But such things happen, and the problem was quickly solved. We finished the piece with great success. Champlin Park's performance was less "eventful", but no less memorable -- the band was fired up and played with terrific drive and energy. It was a great trip -- you can read more about it by CLICKING HERE to read my blog. Extra special thanks to directors John Lace and Steve Lyons for making this trip possible!

Two musicians from Anoka High School -- they performed the first night, and came back to watch on Friday! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Today I'm headed out to St. Paul, Minnesota, for two concerts of Chaos Theory: one at Anoka High School, and one at Champlin Park High School. CLICK HERE for more details on the concerts. Tune in here and on my blog for the more news of the trip... coming soon! 

Monday, May 16, 2005

After last Thursday's Night of Newman and Funk, the buzz is wearing off, but the pix are starting to come in: The Brass Ambassadors from St. Charles East H.S.!


Friday, May 13, 2005

Jim Kull and the ensembles at St. Charles East H.S. are forever BCM-branded now ... a BCM concert last night—all Newman and Bryant and Bonney—sent out fantastic performances into the world, including Interruption Overture, Hopak, the world premiere of Avenue X, and a simply-smoking Chunk performance. Bonney and I were on hand, and the air was thick with The BCM Love. World premiere performances throughout the week at the co-commissioning schools were exhausting for me personally, but since I was floored with the level of playing and musicianship from these groups I can hardly complain. My heartfelt thanks to every living thing at Addison Trail, Batavia, Neuqua Valley, Oswego, Plainfield South, St. Charles East, Waubonsie Valley, and Willowbrook High Schools for a terrific week of non-stop AveX... 

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Marathon Newman in Chicagoland: Addison Trail High School, Batavia High School, Naperville Central High School, Neuqua Valley High School, Oswego High School, Plainfield South High School, St. Charles East High School, Waubonsie Valley High School, Willowbrook High School ... all this week, all Avenue X, all the time. So far exhausting, but a total blast. After a whirlwind Monday, a huge thanks to Jim, John, Margene, Matt, and Josh, and all of the terrific students who played their hearts out at Batavia, Oswego, and Waubonsie. More clinics today, and two concerts tonight. That's right. Two, just tonight. 'Cause you can never have enough Avenue X....