Back from Chicago, On to Jacksonville

My brother and I had an amazing time in Chicago this past weekend. Our whirlwind trip included stops at the Art Institute, Millennium Park, the top of the Hancock Building, the Lincoln Park area, and attendance of concerts by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. We also waited an hour to eat deep-dish pizza and authentic Chicago hotdogs for the first time (I still feel terrible). Chicago is an incredible place – the city’s architecture is beautiful and their public artwork was inspiring.

Now, I’m back in Austin for a couple days before my trip to Jacksonville, Florida where the University of Alabama Symphonic Band under the direction of Randall Coleman will be performing Toward Sky’s End at the 2014 CBDNA Southern Regional Conference on Saturday, March 1 at 4:00pm. Their entire program also includes works by Daniel Montoya Jr., Bert Appermont, Percy Grainger, David Maslanka, and Eric Whitacre. I can hardly believe that my piece is being performed alongside works by these great composers – I’ve been listening to many of them and have performed their works since I was in middle school band. I’m looking forward to meeting Mr. Coleman and the UA Symphony Band as well as other attendees of the conference and can’t wait to hear the performance on Saturday!

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