'Austerity Measures' selected as a winner in PPG Call for Scores

My new percussion quartet, Austerity Measures, won 3rd place in the Portland Percussion Group’s “Nothing With Wheels” composition competition.  As the competition name suggests, the scoring is for portable instruments (no marimbas, concert bass drums, timpani, chimes, etc.).  This piece is scored for claves, bongos, snare drums, tambourines, and triangles as well as metal and wood instruments selected by the performers.

The PPG (Brian Gardiner, Aaron Jester, Brett EE Paschal and Chris Whyte) are great players and colleagues.  I am honored that they will premiere the piece in May 2015.

Photo from Canadian Music Centre CD Launch


Thank you so much to the Canadian Music Centre, Centrediscs and to those of you who came to the CMC Thursday for my first Points of Departure CD launch. It meant a great deal to me to share this music with friends, colleagues, and former students! I hope you enjoy the recording.

Stay tuned… I’ll be doing another launch in Windsor on March 25th.

NEW CD: Points Of Departure (February 10, 2015)


It’s HERE.  My debut solo CD, Points Departure will be available  February 10 on the Centrediscs label.

Fantastic production by Ray Dillard and superb engineering by Douglas Romanow.

The CD features works by Nicholas Papador, Isabelle Panneton, Nicolas Gilbert, Francois Rose, Linda Catlin Smith, and Christien Ledroit.

At the launch I’ll be playing the Gilbert, Rose, and my piece.

The CD and digital downloads are available for pre-order from a number of outlets including Amazon, iTunes, etc.

I will be launching my debut solo percussion CD on February 19th at the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto. If you’re in the GTA (or visiting Toronto that week…it’s study week for UWindsor), I hope you can join me in celebrating.

If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area, I will be giving a launch recital/reception at the Canadian Music Centre on February 19.  Details: http://www.musiccentre.ca/node/130336

Do come by and celebrate with me if you can!


Pulse Frequencies and other compositions now available…

My new multiple percussion solo Pulse Frequencies is now available for purchase (score or pdf download) through the Canadian Music Centre.  It’s a virtuosic work for a student or professional performer.  The set up is small and uses easy-to-find instruments.


A Very Welcome, Three Recollections and Copperline Breathing (score only) are also available for loan through the CMC.


Happy Holidays!  2015 should be a great year.  My debut solo CD should be out in February.  More on that later!


Windsor Symphony Pops with Col. Chris Hadfield!


The Windsor Symphony 2014-2015 season is off to a great start.  The first Masterworks with the Robert Schumann Symphony No. 2 and the Clara Schumann Piano Concerto was a great show.

This weekend’s Pops shows feature Col. Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station.  We’ll be playing sets of his own songs with orchestra as well as some great space themed repertoire.  Needless to say, the timpani parts are going to be challenging, but a lot of fun.

Most of the shows are sold out, but I think Saturday Night still has a few seats.


Noiseborder Ensemble at W.A.V.E.S. Festival

Here’s a great photo (by Michelle Tarailo) of Noiseborder Ensemble performing outdoors at the W.A.V.E.S. Festival on the Windsor waterfront.  We premiered Brent Lee’s Signs & Symptoms (video: Sigi Torinus).  We also performed the classic NBE pieces “Superstars of Wrestling” and “Lonesome.”  Martin Schiller’s Pitch-A-Sketch also made a strong showing!