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Upcoming concert with Percussion Ensemble!

  • Fri

    Gradient 2.0 with Towson Percussion Ensemble

    8:15 pm

    Kaplan Concert Hall
    Towson University Center for the Arts
    4400 Osler Drive
    Towson, MD

    Admission $5

    Featured works:
    Baljinder Sekhon's Gradient 2.0 with saxophonist Doug O'Connor
    Tan Dun's Elegy; Snow in June, with cellist Cecylia Barczk
    Ivan Trevino's Almaty

    Directed by Dr. Michelle Humpheys

Boot Camp 2.0

In a freak occurrence of red tape, I will be attending boot camp for a SECOND TIME as I transition from the Naval Academy Band to the Army Band (Pershing’s Own).

I’m happy to report that my last artistic activity before signing off was a complete honor and a pleasure: performing with Liz Ames in the premiere of Greg Wanamaker’s new work for saxophone and piano, “of Light and Shadows,” at the Navy Band 38th International Saxophone Symposium. Greg and Liz are both class acts, and I look forward to working with them again soon.

In other news, Cliff Leaman and Joe Rackers gave the first performance of the new Global Premiere commission from Baljinder Sekhon. It’s been amazing watching this project take off.

I look forward to grabbing the torch again in early April: can’t wait to be a musician again!

New download available: J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, BWV 1043

I recently arranged the Concerto for Two Violins, BWV1043 by J.S. Bach for two soprano saxophones and chamber ensemble (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, contrabass, and optional continuo), and this arrangement is now available for purchase in the Store section of this website. Although this particular arrangement is for a specific group of instruments, please email me if you are interested in an adaptation for a different orchestration and I would be happy to work that out as well.

Global Première Consortium Commissioning Project Launch

Baljinder Sekhon and I are excited to have just launched a new platform for commissioning new music, which we call Global Première. By inviting just one performer or sponsor from each US State and foreign country to be a part of each consortium, Global Première keeps a low commissioning fee, preserves exclusivity and première rights for all of its members, provides marketing opportunities for its performers, and promulgates professional level performances of new works throughout the world within the first year after a piece is composed.

The first Global Première commission is for a new work by Baljinder Sekhon for saxophone and piano, 3 movements, 15-20 minutes in length. Future projects will branch out to other instruments and composers. Please visit the website often to watch the interactive map fill in with some of the world’s most esteemed saxophonists:

NASA 2014 Biennial Conference / UIUC Percussion Ensemble

This year’s North American Saxophone Alliance 2014 Biennial Conference—held at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign—was a smashing success, thanks to the heroic efforts of saxophonists and educators Dr. Debra Richtmeyer and Dr. Michael Holmes. It attracted more performances, more saxophonists, and more diversity of styles than any saxophone event I have ever been to.

I had the distinct honor of performing Baljinder Sekhon’s Gradient 2.0 with the UIUC Percussion Ensemble at the event’s final concert, directed by Professor William Moersch, including a repeat performance of the work at their April 17 percussion ensemble concert. They are truly an exciting ensemble to work with; what a pleasure it was to discover the fantastic music program and world-class performance venues at UIUC.