First of all, it has been a long, long time since I've written on my blog. With much encouragement from my Uncle Bill, I've decided to restart my blogging. Since the last blog, there have been many things happen to me, in the writing area. Several new concert band compositions, two new string orchestra works, and a few marching band shows.
However, most recently, a dear friend of mine (Michael Link), has petitioned to perform my newest string orchestra work at the Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic, in Chicago, Illinois. This performance will take place at 4:00pm on December 17th. Mike is the Director of the McKinney Boyd (Tx.) High School Honor Chamber Orchestra. We have known each other for about 35 years. As many people know, I am from Canton, Illinois. Mike is from Farmington, Illinois, which is located about 15 minutes north of Canton. We both attended Western Illinois University at the same time, and each of us graduated with our Masters Degree from Vandercook College of Music, at different times.
They will be performing my new work for string orchestra entitled "Aviator".
Here are the program notes for "Aviator":
Aviator is a three movement composition which is dedicated to my friend, Juan Valenciano. Mr. Valenciano recently retired as Director of the J.W. Nixon High School Orchestra, in Laredo, Texas. The J.W. Nixon High School Orchestra, under his direction, was a consistant University Interscholastic League Sweepstakes winner. His orchestra premiered this work.
Movement One is titled “Departure”. This movement depicts the beginning of our flight into space. It is the intent to have this movement be lively and yet very flowing.
Movement Two is called “Above the Clouds”. In this movement, we can imagine the piece and serenity of being above the clouds. This lovely work should be performed with a lot of expression. A string quintet is featured at measure 43.
Movement Three is called “Arrival to Earth”. As we begin our descent back to earth, the listener can feel the excitement of coming home. Keep this movement full of energy and excitement.
I've also been informed by my publisher, TRN Music Publisher, Inc., that there may be a chance of another selection being performed as well. They have been contacted by a few bands requesting my newest works. I'm crossing my fingers for this to happen.
My hope is to be at the convention to get to hear this outstanding orchestra, as well as be hanging out at the TRN booth. I hope to see some of you there.
Until next time,