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Why There Were Notes On The Page

One of the reasons these two concerts were possible was because of the tireless efforts of Jeff Boltinghouse – a member of the orchestra and one of my mentors in music.

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A few months ago, I realized that I was quickly running out of time and would not be able to finish writing, typesetting, printing, and laying out all of the parts for the orchestra in time for them to practice. Jeff stepped up and volunteered countless hours to typsetting (creating parts and scores for each musicion) over half of the pieces in the concert.  He even helped with some re-orchestrating on The Awakening and Jesus Loves Me and did a remarkable job keeping it exactly how I would have done it.

I am so thankful to have been surrounded by such amazing people as Jeff, Lisa, Taylor, and others who have given up countless hours to invest in me and my music.  I cannot begin to thank them for what they have done!

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Pirate Legends!

Having grown up on classic soundtracks such as Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean and Master and Commander, I felt it was time to follow those great composers before me and try swashing my own buckles.  The result?  Pirate Legends.

The inspiration for this song came early one morning two years ago in my Aural Skills class.  We were learning rhythmic dictation and my teacher tapped out a simple 7/8 rhythm (..-  ..-   —).  This rhythm was so catchy that the notes came easily.  On the corner of my notebook, I wrote out the solfege syllables of the notes I heard in my head and quickly wrote out the music after class.

The biggest challenge in writing this song was the percussion break in the middle.  Before this song, I had not really learned how to write percussion, but I knew I wanted something big and rhythmic in the middle.  Ironically enough, my lack of knowledge drove me to join the Wind Ensemble the next semester as a percussionist where I incorporated several of the things I learned into this song.

I hope you enjoy listening just as much as I enjoyed writing this piece!