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I’ve always enjoyed writing original music. In high school, my dear friend Robert Eckert and I collaborated on a pop ballad. It was fun to collaborate with him and we dreamed of bigger things, copyrighting it for all of eternity(me). Though Robert and I never wrote together again, I was ready for more and have written music ever since.
For many years I focused on writing for whatever band I was a member of. That included jazz bands and some Top 40 bands. My skills as lyricist were… horrible!, but I enjoyed working with other lyricists as well as writing jazz instrumentals. Over the course of my writing career, I have been hired by songwriters to help them refine their original compositions, by lyricists who needed a musician to turn their words into song, and by a few business entities in need of special music for an event or a marketing campaign. And once or twice for friends who were producing a low-budget film that needed scoring.
In undergrad I wrote some chamber music because it was an assignment for a class. But in the last 20 years, I’ve been more interested in composing for chamber groups of varying instrumentation. In 2004, I decided to get more serious and spent 3 years studying with Dr. Michael Schelle at Butler University, eventually earning a Masters in Music Composition. I will always be grateful for the ways Dr. Schelle pushed me to work outside the traditional framework of jazz and popular music composing and fostered a deeper understanding and love for writing for the instruments of the orchestra family.
Jazz Compositions for various ensembles:
Air (lyrics by Jim Albrecht)
Energy of Hope
The Way Through
Chamber Compositions performed live (or yet to be performed)
Trio + Trio
4 Mallet/2 Balls (
Long & Low String Trio
Mongrel No. 1
Index Card for Brass Quintet
Peace for Strings, Percussion & Piano
Mary, Don’t Be Afraid
Zuni Lullaby for Solo Cello
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