Great Premiere of ‘Winter Memories’ at Valparaiso University

Jake O’Brien lead the combined Valparaiso University Luce Concert Band and Valparaiso Community/University Concert Bands to a wonderful premiere of ‘Winter Memories‘! The group put forth a wonderful first performance of the work and I am very thankful for the efforts they put forth.

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Jake O’Brien, conductor

Premiere of Work and New Commission for Spring 2014

Two fantastic opportunities have come up:

Winter Memories‘ will be premiered by one of the Valparaiso University performing ensembles during the Valparaiso University Julefest Concert. The performance will be in the university chapel on Sunday, December 8, 1:00p CST.

Jeffrey J. Jones has commissioned a new work for wind band to be performed with the Wayne State University Wind Symphony in spring 2014.

Winter Memories Cover

New piece requested for Easter service

A local church has asked for a piece to be performed during their Easter services. The piece will be for brass choir and organ and they have requested that it be based on a standard hymn of the season.

Battle Angelis Appears on the North Carolina Bandmasters Association Festival List

I found out today that ‘Battle Angelis‘ is officially on the North Carolina Bandmasters Association list for acceptable pieces for festival for 2009-2010. They’ve declared it a grade 5 difficulty. I hope the groups that have selected this work enjoy performing the piece.

Battle Angelis is on the 2007 Virginia Festival List

Today while looking at a music catalog I was a little surprised to see a note next to ‘Battle Angelis‘ in their listings. Upon further investigation, this means that ‘Battle Angelis’ is an approved piece for grade 4 festival competition in the state of Virginia.