In academia, it is a phenomenon that the Fall semester always seem to go faster than the Spring semester, well…in my opinion. I started the new year by moving into a new house in Kentucky. After 2 years, I finally made the move across the Ohio River into my new
state…oh sorry, Commonwealth! I also made the jump from a townhouse (read: no trumpet practice at home) to a house! It’s been great being able to practice at home in the morning and evenings, not sure why I waited so long!!!
This semester I had a new ensemble to direct, the NKU Brass Choir. I had fun directing this ensemble and am looking forward to the Spring concerts. We will play all American music in the 1st Spring concert, playing music of Bernstein, John Williams, and Copland among others! There is also a joint concert in the works with one of the premiere brass bands in North America, Fountain City Brass Band! Hope to see you there! Please check out my events page for additional information!
Some standout concerts this past Fall semester included playing the John Hartmann solo, “Fantasia on the Rule Britannia” with the Lexington Brass Band. I also had a great time playing with Lakota West Symphonic Winds on David Gillingham’s “Quintessence II” for brass quintet, solo percussion and wind ensemble. Here are some videos of both!
So, I am preparing for the Spring and Summer of 2012! I have tons of music to prepare for recitals, competitions, and recordings. I will have some serious bonding time with my cornet! “Cornet-wise”, I will compete at the NABBA Championships in the technical solo competition, perform a recital (Cincy) and masterclass at Luther College (Iowa) featuring a few cornet solos, I will present a cornet lecture recital for the 2012 ITG Conference (more info later), more concerts with the Lexington Brass Band, and a couple of concerts this summer with the Athena Brass Band.
In other news, I am excited to announce that I will be on the brass staff at the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps this summer! I will also continue to play with Star United as we prepare, for what we hope, is an unprecedented 7th consecutive win at the 2012 DCA Mini-Corps Championships.
And lastly, I am pleased to announce that I received a 2012 Faculty Project Grant and am now preparing to record a CD of cornet music. I will begin the recording process this summer and hope to finish everything (editing, etc) by December. Should be a great journey, thank you NKU!!!