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Danza Oscura

Danza Oscura (Dark Dance) is a work for string orchestra that is intended to evoke the feel of a seductive dance. The use of asymmetrical meter and a slightly Spanish flavor will add a sense of mystery and exoticism to a concert program. Optional Percussion (castanet, vibra-slap, triangle, and tambourine) further enhance the air of mystery…

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A Joyous Christmas

A Joyous Christmas is a holiday medley fusing Beethoven’s classic “Ode to Joy” (9th Symphony, 4th Movement) with the Christmas carol “Joy to the World”. To the string orchestra used in this very creative and festive setting, the arranger has added piano and percussion. Don’t miss this rousing holiday arrangement that is sure to bring down…

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Undecim (2014)

This work was commissioned by the Lake Hamilton High School Band in 2014.  Their director, Jon Shultz, has been a close friend ever since high school.  However, he has a tendency to ask me to do things last minute.  Undecim (latin for “eleven”) refers both to the eleventh hour (the last opportunity to get things…

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Pulse

Derived from the first movement of Standridge’s “Art(isms)” suite, this powerful concert work uses staccato textures and heroic melodies to create a unique concert statement.  Commissioned by the Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble for performance at the 2010 CBDNA conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico.   *JW Pepper’s Editor’s Choice 2014 *Bandworld Magazine 2014 Top 100

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Argentum (2014)

This work was commissioned by my alma mater, Sheridan High School, in honor of Ron McHone’s 25 years of service.  The title, Argentum (latin for “Silver”) refers to the 25th anniversary.  A celebratory piece that fluctuates between a 7/8 feel, a 6/8 dance, and a 4/4 ballad.  It was an honor to write this piece for…

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