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I am not a band but a composer, arranger and performer. Pieces that I will present are works that I have written. Some are symphonic in nature and others are more like ballads. All are composed and arranged using Finale to write the music, Tracktion 2 to sequence the music and Garritan Personal Orchestra to perform the music. I hope you enjoy my music as much as I enjoy putting my ideas into sounds that are the rhythm, melody, and harmony of life.
Why this name?
Well, that's easy...it's my given name.
Do you play live?
I do perform in everything from jazz bands, trios, orchestras, to woodwind ensembles. I enjoy playing all styles of music and that is reflected in my composition as well. There are a lot of special moments in my career. Some include performing with some of the famous swing bands of the 1940's. Though I played with these guys in the 1970's, some of them still had excellent ablility. I have played in "The Jan Garber Band", "The Ted Weems Band" and "The Les Elgart Band". I have also performed with Tex Beneke and Abby Lane. But the most difficult performance I ever had to play was in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for delegates from Governor Rockerfellers staff. As a Trio of clarinet (me), Piano, and Violin, we performed among other works the Bela Bartok "Contrasts".
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Music on the internet and in mp3's gives many more musicians and composers a chance to get their music heard. We no longer have to wade through studios and agents and radio stations trying to get our music heard.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Sure, all tehy need to do is ask.
New Orleans, in the French Quarter
Snow on Spring Leaves