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My compositions range from piano and small chamber works to concert band with rock band.  I particularly love writing for unique ensembles and writing in a programatic style.  After decades of writing for live performance, I have spent the last few years developing my electronic music skills.  I have hosted a yearly composition writing and networking challenge in October called Composoween.  I post the prompts on my social media, so please follow me if you'd like to join in the fun! 

 

My most recent credits include music for podcasts:

https://www.forgedinfire.org/podcast.html

https://www.youtube.com/@TheWeirdLibrary

The Veil Thins (2023)

Most recent video from this year's composoween.  The title is the same as the prompt.  

The Gathering (2022)

My most viewed composition on YouTube!  This is one of my short spooky pieces written for Composoween.  The prompt for this piece was "The Gathering."  I created a party setting with this piece complete with maniacal laughter and wolves howling.

Sesquicentennial Overture (2019)

2019 was the 150th Anniversary of the establishment of Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  I served as the Commander of the 77th Army Band on Fort Sill and set out to write a piece in honor of the event.  The instrumentation is for the band we had at that time and the 77th Army Band retains all writes for performance and recording of this piece.  Please listen for an example of my writing.

 

The first part of the piece is fairly chronological as it depicts the land, its native people, the arrival of the cavalry and the establishment of Fort Sill.  From that point forward, there are many entities (themes) trying to find their place and how to work together.  A new theme is created by them in the end in a celebration of what makes Fort Sill special and unique.

I chose the title of an overture with the idea that overtures typically contain multiple themes and introduce something that comes after.  In this case, the large work being introduced is the future of Fort Sill.

Ode to a World of Joy (2018)

This arrangement of Ode to Joy with Joy to the World is perfect for any winter holiday concert!  The instrumentation is for wind ensemble with a rhythm section.  The two pieces being intertwined as opposed to played separately makes this arrangement a unique and fun experience for the players and audience.

After the Longest Night (2017)

This piece was composed for the 2017 holiday concert performed by the 77th Army Band (Ft. Sill).  It is my experiment in ambient rock for concert band plus rhythms instruments.  I took a minimalist approach to depicting the coming of the sun after the winter solstice, the year's longest night.

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If you are interested in music for your ensemble or project, please send me an email or message me on my social media!

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