I’m thrilled by the opportunity to present my research on Vincent Bach at the 2014 Undergraduate Research Presentations at Kennesaw State University. Please find my full paper below, followed by a copy of my Powerpoint presentation that I will present. Vincent Bach and the Modern Trumpet Vincent Bach finds his place in music history as a figure who advanced his… Read more →
Tyler Elvidge and Jesse Baker recently collaborated with me to present J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D Major. Please enjoy this slideshow as a reference: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/12PdJvkBrdNUjG0CcP2hFKDS6szoz1THwIodegfGWuhs/edit?usp=sharing Read more →
It’s often easy to get into a rut in your practice, not to mention we all want to spend our time on the clock efficiently. In light of a few new methods I’ve discovered these past few months combined with a few recent lessons, I thought I’d jot down a few tools I’ve stumbled upon…honestly, many of you may know… Read more →
Excited to announce the date of my senior recital! I’m thrilled to be collaborating with these incredible musicians, including: Jonathan Urizar, Karen Martin, Chris Otts, Justin Brookins, Steve Coleman, Justin M Rowan, and Spectacle Brass! The performance will include a world premiere, a work for 2 trumpets and electronics, a haunting reflection on a T.S. Elliot work, and more– join us on May 3rd at 2:00PM at Wildwood Baptist Church in Acworth, GA!
A World Premiere
Work for Trumpet and Electronics
Ewazen Trio for Trumpet, Violin, and Piano
Featuring Special Guests:
Jonathan Urizar, Violin
Karen Martin, Soprano
Chris Otts, Saxophone
Justin Brookins, Viola
**To be live streamed via the web (watch this page for details)**
We’ve all heard a huge amount of technical lingo throughout our school and professional lives, but I often question how useful much of it is. This video demonstrates many parts of brass playing: use of the tongue for articulation and range, position of the mouthpiece, width between the teeth, and probably three dozen other facets of the horn and trumpet you can read about.
Notice, now, how much we can learn just by watching this creative demo– WITHOUT words. Hopefully, we’re EXPERIENCING left brain meeting right brain. Music achieved as an experience and not an action.
Next time while practicing or teaching, consider how much you can teach without saying a word.
Spectacle Brass playing for Atlanta Symphony Music Director Robert Spano. Photo Credit: Joseph Greenway Over the last several weeks, I have been incredibly blessed to experience masterclasses and performances by two of the greatest minds of our time: Robert Spano and Jeremy Denk. During Denk’s lecture at the Bailey Center, he mentioned the importance of writing about what we do.… Read more →
I’m excited and honored to be serving as the counselor for this upcoming Music Merit Badge clinic. Please share this information with your fellow friends in scouting! Read more →
This original composition by Thomas Gansch has such an infectious groove…it seems almost impossible not to FEEL the energy in EVERY note. But think about when you are most captivated with this piece. For me, it was only 30 seconds into the video, while Gansch is just starting to improvise on the melody. WHY is this? Perhaps Thomas finds as much beauty and MUSIC in a relatively simple melody as he does with flashes of technique– ALL of which, with Gansch anyway, is led by SAYING SOMETHING.
What if he “just played” the head and then got to the “good stuff” later on…I bet we wouldn’t feel the same way. Food for thought next time we play a seemingly “simple,” “unimportant” line. OR, better yet, how about next time we play a whole note?
To experience a room completely glowing with creativity, skip over the CEO’s office and the boardroom at the illustrious software company– walk into a classroom where children are attending their first day of school. The remarkable learning capacity of children has been demonstrated in countless studies, and the sheer amount of information one learns in merely a few years of… Read more →