Beginners Rock

I have been a full time composer so long that sometimes, I think, people forget that I started my career as an educator.  I was a band director for twelve years in Harrisburg, AR, and when I say I was a band director, what I actually mean is I was THE band director (for eight…

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

War, Pestilence, Famine, and Death are illustrated in this dramatic suite for Wind Ensemble. This work was commissioned by the Colorado Mesa University Wind Symphony and their conductor, Calvin Hofer, with the generous support of Karen Combs Peace, Love, and Music. Published by Randall Standridge Music, LLC PRICING:  Digital Copy (PDF and Site License) -…

Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point is a minimalistic work for Wind Ensemble that is inspired by the coasts of the Great Lakes.  One can easily step up to the water’s edge, gazing off to the horizon, and let one’s imagination and creativity go where it will.  It is a truly magical place, and I hope this work captures some…

Stonewall: 1969

On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, and the patrons fought back. To understand the magnitude of this event, one must understand the social conditions that the LGBTQ+ community had been living under prior to this evening.  Very few public businesses welcomed openly queer patrons, and those that did were often the site…

Deus Ex Machina

Some people say I suffer from an overactive imagination. That is not try.  I don’t suffer from it at all.  I enjoy every minute of it. I remember being in English class in high school, and learning about classical plays.  Mrs. Eggburn (my fantastic 11th Grade English teacher) mentioned the “Deus Ex Machina,” or “God…

Havana Nights

My musical tastes are wildly eclectic.  One moment, you might find me enjoying Beethoven’s symphonies and the other you might find me head-banging to Iron Maiden.  I have never been a musical snob and I value and love the entire array of sounds, rhythms, and textures that the world of music, in all its forms,…

Earthdawn

Imagine that every day holds the possibility of hope.  Imagine that every day holds the possibility of goodness and love.  Imagine that every day holds the potential for creation. These are the ideas that spawned Earthdawn. This works paints the picture of a lush landscape that begins to wake as the first rays of sunlight…

Where Words End…

Sometimes, music is not “about” anything. It exists solely for the beautiful sounds it creates and the emotions derived from that aesthetic experience.Where Words End… falls firmly into this category of music. This expressive piece makes creative use of the ranges and colors available for young bands to create a truly remarkable new work for…

Alarm

Sound the alarms! This bombastic work will make an exciting addition to your next concert and keep your students motivated from rehearsal to rehearsal. Searing dissonances, tri-tones, and syncopated rhythms have been utilized carefully to create a challenging, yet achievable piece with active parts for all players. Sure to be a hit with musicians and…