Wind Conductor


April 27, 2020

Last week, I had the opportunity to connect with Tim Hinton (Composer, Arranger, and Host of the outstanding padcast, Marching Roundtable). None of us are sure what the 2020 Marching Season is going to look like. However, one thing is clear: we have to be ready for all...

April 20, 2020

Whether in marching band, concert band, or jazz band, you may have performed one of Paul Murtha's compositions. Recently retired from composing and arranging for one of the best band organizations on the planet, I was able to talk with Paul about his journey which led...

April 13, 2020


Just before everything shut down, I had the opportunity to interview one of my favorite composers, Anne McGinty. As a young band director, I programmed a lot of her music with younger bands. In a small economically challenged district in Virginia, I was grateful for t...

September 4, 2019

I have to admit, I LOVE Monet.  

I am drawn to the beauty of his paintings.  

One of the things I love most is the lack of definition. I will stare at the Woman with the Parasol and my imagination is on fire…what is she thinking? W...

September 21, 2017

I can remember the first Wynton Marsalis recording I ever heard.  

It was an early evening in the spring of 1991 in the band room of Fairfax High School.  I was a junior in high school and the jazz band was not a class. We rehearsed one night a week for a few hours....

March 28, 2017

As we close out the Month of Marches, would like to honor a composer who may not be as well-known as Sousa and Fillmore, but made a strong contribution to the wind band idiom: George Rosenkrans.

Many band directors may not recognize George Rosenkrans....

March 18, 2017

This week we take a look at a powerhouse in the march world, Karl Lawrence King.  The music of Karl King was the background of countless circus performances and can still be heard today in auditoriums in the three rings of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Here are some coo...

March 9, 2017

This week, in honor of the Month of Marches, we are taking a look at one of the most interesting characters in Wind Band Repertoire: Henry Fillmore. Fillmore’s life could easily be the subject of a classic American Novel by Mark Twain of John Steinbeck. The strangest t...

March 3, 2017

March has finally arrived! And what better way to celebrate than by taking a look at the March King himself, John Philip Sousa. offers some fun facts about the icon of the wind band world.


John Philip Sousa tried to run away and join a circus b...

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