Many Thanks for a Great Premiere!

The West Genesee Middle School 8th Grade Band had their concert last night (combined with the WG High School Symphonic Band).  Wow Oh Wow!  The students did a fantastic job with the premiere! This has been a challenge for them.  In order for them to get a clear idea of the composition process, they had … Continue reading Many Thanks for a Great Premiere!

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Another Premiere! And the title is . . .

Something is happening tomorrow that hasn't happened to me before.  The West Genesee Middle School Band is premiering a new piece, one that I've been working on with them throughout the school year. If you check out some of my older posts (here and here) you'll get some idea of the fun we've had so … Continue reading Another Premiere! And the title is . . .

Squee! – Why we need Arts in the Schools

If you read my earlier post or my website, you know that I’m working with the 8th grade band at a local middle school.  It has been an absolute joy!  The band director has been wonderfully communicative, giving me great feedback on each revision of the score to be sure it is just right for … Continue reading Squee! – Why we need Arts in the Schools

An Enthusiastic Welcome and Great Ideas!

On Wednesday I met with the members of the 8th Grade Band at West Genesee Middle School for the first time.  I had previously met with their band director, and we had talked in broad terms about working together with the students to create a new work for them to premiere in the Spring.  She … Continue reading An Enthusiastic Welcome and Great Ideas!