Let's Talk Italy


On September 17th I'll be traveling on an exciting trip to Pescara, Italy to compete in the Italy PAS "Days of Percussion." I'll be competing in the solo snare drum category (surprised?) and performing a wide variety of both popular and lesser known works. 

The Rep

Walkin' Down Coolidge - Joseph Tompkins

March/Cadenza - Gert Mortensen

Prim - Askell Masson

Meditation no. 1 - Casey Cangelosi

A Simple Machine - Lucas Garner *New Commission*

Etude no 2 - Bob Becker

3 Etudes for Snare Drum - Rupert Kettle

An Assembly of Outrage, for snare drum and tape - Caleb Pickering

Huge thanks to my mentor Casey Cangelosi for his guidance, support from family and friends, Bruce Salyers at Salyers Percussion, and Lucas Garner for agreeing to write his newest work for the competition, "A Simple Machine" (finger cymbal, crotale, one handed rolls, pitch bending, head manipulation, tons of chops, it's sick).


New site, new updates.

A few major updates from what's been going on the past 6 months:

COMMISSIONS: This has been the summer of commissions. Seven works in all! 
Two Marimba Solos, a Solo for snare and tape, a multi-percussion duo, a keyboard duo, a work for young percussion ensemble, & a large scale work for percussion orchestra.  Busy is good!

  • A new snare and tape work titled An Assembly of Outrage (yet to be released) completed for Dr. Andrew Lynge. See more of Andrew here.
  • I accepted a position to serve on the Percussive Arts Society University Committee.
  • A new keyboard duo (Technobabble, found in my store) finished for Andrew Naughton and Dryden Hill of Adams State University.
  • A new multi-percussion duo (Machina no. 1, found in my store) finished for the fantastic CAn-Duo (Chris Nadeau & Anthony Jackson) 
  • Dr. Andrew Veit premiered TWO of my new vibe works (Grimoire & Unlove) on May 24th in Iowa. See more of Andrew here.
  • Vista Ridge HS (Hector Gil, director) won first place in the Black Swamp Percussion Ensemble Contest with my work Dreadnought. Link to Black Swamp Announcement Page
  • Several new works over at C. Alan Publications: Malice for solo marimba, Grimoire & Unlove for solo vibraphone.
  • I wrapped up my first solo tour in March. Giving a solo recital and composition clinic at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO with director Dr. James Doyle; and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO with director Dr. Eric Hollenbeck and my nemesis Chris Nadeau.
  • University of Texas at Arlington performed my work Bright Light - Dark Shadows at the Texas Music Educator Association Convention (January). 
  • I accepted an adjunct position teaching private applied lessons at Southern Virginia University.


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