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Welcome to my website

I am a Canadian composer and music educator and this site features various works of mine. Whether you are a music educator, a professional musician or student, please check out my pieces for concert band, jazz band, and small ensembles.

 

For information on where to purchase a piece, follow the link to the publisher's website or contact me.

 

I hope you enjoy my music.

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Featured Pieces

Barrcade - Grade 0.5
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Barricade is a fun, high energy piece that gives beginning students the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities as performers and to learn the elements of performing ensemble music. The style marking ‘With Aggression’ identifies that the piece is to be played with assertiveness throughout. Students will love the energy and excitement this piece has to offer. Driving rhythms, colorful percussion writing and melody in all voices (including the lowest ones!) will give everyone something fun and interesting to do.

Parade of the Emperor - Grade 0.5
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This piece, influenced by the music of the Orient, was composed using a minor pentatonic scale and focusing on the first six notes learned in most method books. Following ABA form, this is a perfect opportunity for performers to learn about contrapuntal textures, dynamic contrasts and a variety of articulations, through playing simple, memorable themes. Every instrument in the ensemble gets the opportunity to shine at some point in the performance.

A Peaceful Journey - Grade 0.5
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A Peaceful Journey is the perfect description of what this piece is all about: calming, simple, and enjoyable to perform and listen to. This selection was composed with the intention to introduce very beginning band musicians to lyrical music and help them develop tone control and air support.

Celestial - Grade 1
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The term celestial has many different meanings: relating to the sky, space, the heavens, or just something simply that is really good. All of these things can be used to describe what is brought out by the performance of this piece. This theme goes through a number of transformations throughout the piece and gives the performers the opportunity to work on many elements and styles of performing, from light dynamics and articulations, into something that is meant to be played with more energy and heaviness.

Resurgence of Sound - Grade 1.5-3
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Resurgence of Sound was composed to celebrate the perseverance of instrumental music education during the COVID-19 pandemic. This piece provides ample opportunity to work on several musical elements, such as articulations, syncopated patterns, balance, tone, dynamic and rhythmic shifts, all while performing fun, uplifting and dramatic melodic material. Every instrument is given the opportunity to perform the melody at some point, making it exciting for all musicians to play.

The piece was composed for a band at the Grade 1.5 level to perform, but includes advanced parts for the flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, horn and trombone/baritone. These parts add range, technique and control that is at the Grade 3 level. This offers the opportunity for more advanced players to play these parts with more flourishes while the majority of the band can play at a Grade 1.5 level.

New Band Pieces from 2021

Motitus - Grade 0.5
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Motitus is Finnish military slang describing the tactic of totally encircling an enemy unit, in effect, an entrapment. This piece is composed to create the musical depiction of an army trapping its enemy in this circle. Using the first seven notes learned in most method books, this piece is great to use with a beginning musicians, or to further develop the musicality of developing musicians.

Blessed - Grade 1.5
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Blessed is a beautiful lyrical piece that uses a chorale style accompaniment to allow the focus to be solely on the melody.  Written in ABA form, the song’s simple stylistic features allow the ensemble to spend more time concentrating on learning the fundamentals of performing lyrical music: breath support, long smooth phrases, ensemble balance, and clear tone production.

Flexible Band Series

The following titles are available in FLEXIBLE BAND versions for use in classrooms with non-traditional instrumentation.  Piece can be played with as little as five instruments up to a full band, including percussion.

Visit the CONCERT BAND section of this site to hear recordings of these pieces.

Grade 0.5

The Siege

Sneaking on the Housetops

Grade 1.5

Rise of the Ancients

Western Fair

El Camino (Spanish March)

Last Voyage of the Queen Anne's Revenge

Through the Eye of the Storm

Grade 2

Glen and Galley

Jagged

Turmoil

Tides of Fate

Triumphant

Something Modal