I remember back in 1996 when I received the first shipment of my marimba CD, Polaris. I had already produced two steel band recordings with Panama Steel (Oyelo and Pan Man), but Polaris was a completely different experience. Instead of working with the band in the studio, I was recording in a concert hall and focusing on marimba.... View Article
Finally three years after the premier of my concerto, Stubernic Fantasy, a piano reduction accompaniment is available! I received numerous emails and messages asking for a piano reduction. I kept saying,”Of course! Just give me a little time…” Well, it was a slightly bigger project than I imagined! So I called on my friend, Mark Scott, who assisted... View Article
Air Force Band played Stubernic Fantasy at the North Carolina Music Educators Association. Professional Development Conference.
Musicians play music. That seems obvious. However, playing music isn’t about a paycheck, gigs or recordings. Musicians play music because that is what musicians do. It’s self-expression, exploration of personal potential and the need to communicate with other musicians. These desires inhabit everyone who feels connected with playing an instrument. In order to develop these desires into a professional musical... View Article
Developing your interpretation of the music you play is one of the most important and satisfying aspects of music making. Your interpretation reflects your ideas and feelings about the music. Unfortunately, younger musicians usually concentrate only on understanding the notes and rhythms of a marimba solo. Obviously this is important, but it’s only fifty percent of the job. Communicating your... View Article