|After graduating from the
of Lowell in Massachusetts with a Bachelors in Music Education, I
taught junior high and high school instrumental and high school
choral music. While in the Air Force, I traveled around three
continents always finding musical friends who enjoy the music of
small choirs and ensembles.
Regardless of where in the world (literally) I've found myself, I've always arranged music for whatever instruments were at hand. Pretty much sacred and secular music for small wind ensembles. During a rather painful bout with shingles a few years ago, it dawned on me to start arranging for a full concert band.
Presently, I sing tenor for Amare Cantare and arrange choral and brass ensemble music. Finale is my compositional software of choice, though I sometimes wonder why as it's a difficult program. The music below is just a sample of what I've done.
|America the Beautiful for full concert band - a loving and tender arrangement of my favorite national anthem.|
|Angels We Have Heard on High for a 14 piece brass ensemble with percussion. Arranged for the Salem County Brass Society|
|Beautiful Dreamer by Stephen Foster for solo trumpet and concert band.|
|Beethoven's 9th Symphony, 4th Movement arranged for brass quintet. Published by Pelican Music Publishing Company.|
|Bells of Norwich a.k.a. Bells of Merrimac, Bells of Exeter for SATB choir.|
|Church Street March for full concert band - dedicated to my high school band director, Bob Howard.|
|Diamonds in Your Eyes an original composition. This is a lead sheet with chords. The story behind can be found on its poetry page.|
|The Easy Winners by Scott Joplin for full concert band. Perfect for a Summer concert series. The Merrimack Valley Concert Band did this during the 2006 Summer season.|
|Fun With Foster for full concert band. A Stephen Foster medley including Old Folks at Home, I Dream of Jeannie and If You've Only Got a Moustache.|
|Go Tell it on the Mountain for brass quintet. Published by Pelican Music Publishing Company.|
|Heigh Ho, Nobody Home for brass quintet. Short, driving, intense.|
|Holy, Holy, Holy for a 14 piece brass ensemble. Arranged for the Salem County Brass Society.|
|I Vow to Thee My Country for a 16 piece brass ensemble. Arranged for the Salem County Brass Society.|
|Low in the Grave He Lay for brass septet. This is a powerful piece that starts with a French Horn counter melody in the minor key.|
|Qui Creavit Coelum for a 14 piece brass ensemble with percussion. Although this is a 15th century lullaby, the third verse became a dance. Arranged for the Salem County Brass Society.|
|The Star Spangled Banner for a small concert band.|
Wrestler's Love Song by my junior high music teacher Leonard Renaud, arranged for a small concert band. Despite the awkward name, it's a touching marriage proposal.