About Me

I grew up in a small-(ish) American town filled with music. Some of my first memories are of fun-filled Friday evenings listening to the community band in the town square. In grade school, I started trombone and joined the chorus in middle school, but my interest in music never truly piqued until I got my first guitar. Now all the notes were right under my fingers and I turned my attention to how they all worked together. I was lucky to be part of some top-notch ensembles with ispirational teachers through high school and college. In high school, I studied instrumentation and arranging at the instruction of our marching band's resident arranger and had my first arrangements performed my senior year. Study in serious new music followed in college, but I never lost my love of popular music–even as I was discovering entirely new worlds of sound. After a few years of freelance work, I won a job as Staff Arranger for The United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC where I still work over 20 years later writing music in all styles for all ensembles and for every imaginable audience.



Videt Johannes Jesum

For Chorus and Organ 2011

A setting of from the Gospel of John when John the Baptist met Jesus. Translation: [John] saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"... And John bore witness, "I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God. Alleluia! Amen!"
Score coming soon from Northwood Music Press

The Star

for a cappella Chorus (SSATBB) 2007

Written for members of the Soldiers' Chorus of the US Army Fieldband, Washington, DC.
Text by Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)
Score Available from Northwood Music Press


Falcons in Flight

for Cornet, Euphonium, and Concert Band (Grade 5+) 2014

Written for the 75th Anniversary of the United States Air Force Band.
Premiered by Kris Westrich and Jennifer Cox with the United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC.
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And Down the Stretch They Come...

for Concert Band (Grade 3) 2006

And Down the Stretch They Come... was commissioned by James Dowdy and the Capital University Junior Winds for their performance at the 2007 Ohio Music Educators' Association State Conference in Columbus, Ohio.
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Family Voices

for String Orchestra 1996

Family Voices was written for the 1996 productions of Family Voices and A Kind of Alaska by Harold Pinter. The productions were directed by Carl Skorepa and produced by The Ohio State University Department of Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. This suite of cues from Family Voices is dedicated to the memory of Alfio Russo.
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Chamber Music

O My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose

for Voice and piano 2008

O My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose was composed for Soloman Howard, Bass. The poem is a familiar one by the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796) in an entirely new setting.
Score Available from Northwood Music Press

At the Zoo

Trumpet and Bassoon 2007

Three short dances for trumpet and bassoon. The titles come from Mr. Palomar, Italo Calvino's collection of fictional essays in which Mr. Palomar observes the world around him. While the music was written before being titled, the imagery in Calvino's essays significantly matches the moods created in each movement.
I. The giraffe race
II. The albino gorilla
III. The order squamata
Score Available from TrevCo Music

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  • That's really pretty.

    my mom
  • I particularly enjoyed Tadd Russo's Salzburg Prelude

    Huw Morgan RSCM Church Music Quarterly CD review

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