September 4, 2107 - Spring/Summer Recap
I guess Labor Day weekend is as good of a time as any to update the website since I haven't done it for the better part of a year. The 2016-17 school year and performance season wrapped up with some great concerts. My middle school and high school students gave another wonderful percussion ensemble concert. My friends Nick Taylor and Dakota Kaylor joined me on that concert for a performance of the first movement from Nebojsa Zivkovic's "Trio Pour Uno." Great Noise Ensemble finished off the season with two awesome concerts in May and June. In May, to honor the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," we brought back "Taught the Band To Play" our project inspired that album. Then in June, we performed with the Westmoreland Festival Chorus to present a concert titled, "The Branch Will Not Break." We performed Christopher Corrine's piece of the same name as well as Osvaldo Golijov's amazing work, "Ayre," featuring mezzo-soprano Lena Spikily. Joining me on percussion for the Golijov was the talented Michael Dillman and we each put our Ohio State hand drum training to work.
The summer brought 4 weeks of teaching once again at Vienna Band Camp. It's always fun working with these students, especially the beginners. They are so eager to learn!
Marching band camps are done and both James Madison and McLean High Schools are well on their way another season of successful performances.