Inside the Score

It’s been awhile. Life happens and we all get busy. I’ve also been searching for some inspiration. It’s opera season and Opera Colorado is currently presenting a fabulous production ... Read More

Willow, Willow

Third verse of Willow, Willow by Percy Grainger – brass ensemble arrangement available by clicking here Many years ago, I was walking past Bill Stanley’s trombone studio at CU Boulder and ... Read More

Huzzah to the Queen’s Chapel

Recording by the Burning River Brass – Of Knights and Castles (this page is about 29 seconds into the recording) Brass ensemble arrangement available by clicking here Renaissance keyboard music ... Read More

My best chord

There’s nothing quite like a well voiced, well spaced, well balanced chord written for brass when played in tune. Great brass players produce a resonant sound that is full of fundamental and ove... Read More

Euphonic Sounds

Scott Joplin – Euphonic Sounds Brass ensemble arrangement available by clicking here The temptation when making a brass arrangement of late 19th & early 20th century marches is to take the r... Read More

Arranging with intent

Tuileries from Pictures at an Exhibition – Performed by the Burning River Brass Brass ensemble arrangement available by clicking here Many years ago, my friend and colleague Bill Stanley (profes... Read More

Writer’s block

Brass ensemble arrangement not currently available Performance by the Boulder Brass from “Landscapes and Portraits” I wrote recently about starting with the bass line when beginning work o... Read More

Thorny textures

For those that aren’t familiar, Grainger frequently reworked his own compositions for instrumentations other than the original. Handel in the Strand was originally composed in 1912 as a piano tr... Read More

Voice leading – an introduction

Come, Sweet Death (Johann Sebastian Bach) – brass ensemble sheet music available by clicking here Performance by the Boulder Brass from Dorian 93204 – Bolder Baroque It is cool and damp he... Read More

A quick word about MIDI

MIDI has come a long way in 30 years and there are some really good MIDI sampled sounds. But music that sounds right coming out of your computer still might disappoint you on the band stand. Balance,... Read More