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Winter & Spring 2022 - The holiday season kicked off with some wonderful news from the American String Teachers Association! I was one of only six orchestra composers to be recognized in the ASTA 75th Annual Composition Competition for my String Ensemble composition, "Trois Petites Fugues." I am honored to be among the selected composers and am hoping my piece will be available to the public soon! 


After Thanksgiving, during the holiday season, I performed at the elegant Materia Restaurant in Bantam, CT. I performed holiday music as a one-man-band jazz tenor saxophonist in their main dining room as guests enjoyed 5-star Italian cuisine prepared by Chef David. Thank you, Michael, for that opportunity! I am hoping to make it back there again in the near future. 


At The Frederick Gunn School we are amidst our winter semester following an innovative Winterim semester between Thanksgiving and the Christmas/Holiday break, which concluded on December 14th with our first live Holiday Concert in our new Performing Arts Center (TPACC) since the onset of Covid. Our String Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble and Band performed with seven adjuncts and two local professional musicians. The concert, this year titled The Magic of Winter, made for a wonderful evening of diverse holiday repertoire. You can hear me join our professional musicians and adjuncts on alto sax for the song, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” (28:30)

In early January, I made it down to Tampa, Florida, for the Florida Music Educators Associations In-Service Conference and All-State Music Festival. After two years of not attending, it was life-giving to be back with former colleagues and friends, hear students perform live music again at such high levels, and nourish my soul with top-notch professional development. This was all part of our school’s first recruiting trip, as FGS is actively recruiting music students. All of this, combined with impeccable weather, really “filled my cup!” I am so grateful to have gone and am already looking forward to next year!



Check out my NEW PAGE (The Tik-A Tee Method) here on my website! As I get closer to the publication of my new method book, The Tik-A Tee Method, I will begin to share more with you! This scaffolded 36-week curriculum is intended for elementary through college level musicians and includes over 346 rhythmic practice exercises! I am so excited for the release of my book and hope that it will help music educators and students in the near future! I will be presenting my first session on my new method at the Connecticut Music Educators Association’s In-Service Conference and All-State Music Festival from March 31-April 2, 2022. If you are at the conference, please be sure to check out my session!


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