Graduation, etc.

I had my final day of high school last Friday and graduated the following Saturday. The graduation ceremony started with me conducting the McNeil High School Wind Ensemble performing my recent band setting of Toward Sky’s End and finished about 2 hours later (after some interesting speeches and 703 of us walking the stage). I still haven’t listened to the video we took of the performance, but I might put it on YouTube if it’s any good.

Now that school’s over, I’m thinking about picking up my saxophone some more and trying to get back into shape before I start at UT next fall. I’ve also started working on a new 3 movement piece for SATB saxophone quartet that I hope to have finished by August.

It looks like the band version of Toward Sky’s End might get some more performance in July. I’ll post dates as soon as I get confirmation. I got official notice that the Austin Symphony programmed the orchestral version for their 4th of July pops concert.

As a little side note, we got a copy of the Austin Symphony’s small promotional “get closer to the music” magazine in the mail. I was tickled to see a picture of their conductor, Peter Bay, holding a copy of the score for Affirmation (open to page 26, by the way) when I opened it up.

Toward Sky’s End (Band Ver.) Premiere!

I conducted the premiere of the band setting with the McNeil High School Wind Ensemble. Here is the recording from last Friday night.

Recordings from Concert

Here is the recording of the McNeil High School Wind Ensemble performing my new arrangement of Alamiro Giampieri’s Il Carneval di Venezia featuring Dr. Vanguel Tangarov, solo clarinet. The recording of my new band setting of Toward Sky’s End will be up early next week, along with some recordings of the other pieces we played.

News/Upcoming Events

I found out recently that I was a recipient of the Thomas A. Caswell and Rebeca Diaz Caswell Memorial Scholarship for band students in the Austin area going to UT! The Austin Symphony’s last performance of Affirmation at the 2nd Annual Young Composers Concert went very well. Lately, I’ve been busy working on a new arrangement of Giamperi’s Carnival of Venice for solo clarinet and band for McNeil’s Spring Concert next Friday, where we’ll be featuring our clarinet teacher Vanguel Tangarov.

Later today is the Mid-Texas Symphony’s performance of Toward Sky’s End at 4:00 in the New Braunfels Civic Center. Like I mentioned earlier, our band’s spring concert is this coming Friday. Besides my Carnival of Venice arrangement, I’ll be conducting the premier of my new wind ensemble version of Toward Sky’s End and we will have a joint production between the MHS wind ensemble and choir of selections from Orff’s Carmina Burana, which I have helped organize. It’s been a very busy couple weeks, but it’ll be all done soon enough.