New Video: Space Junk

Last year, I wrote children’s story called Space Junk. It’s about a little star who gets covered in space junk, makes her way out of it, and creates beautiful things with it.

Lagan Percussion commissioned me to compose a piece to accompany the story, for percussion quartet + narrator. After the piece was written, they schlepped their instruments to the top of an empty parking garage on a windy night in Waco, filmed this ridiculously cool video (with a drone I think), and made my story come to life. I narrate too. Thank you, Lagan!

The illustrated children’s book for Space Junk comes out later this year, but the piece is now available for performance if anyone wants to program it. This past year has been such a fun and exploratory year for me, writing and composing in new ways, searching for new ground, and just trying to refresh my music brain. Space Junk reflects that, I think. I hope you dig it.

New Piece: Driven for percussion duo + audio track

I wrote Driven for my pal, Drew Tucker! We premiered it at the 2017 MalletLab Summer Mallet Intensive. Sheet music is now available.

PUNX for percussion ensemble

I wrote a new piece for percussion ensemble called PUNX.

I was a punk rock kid in my younger years. I played in a few bands, wrote tons of songs, and developed the ability to play really fast drum set. The punk scene taught me to be a self thinker, to question things, and that it was OK to be different. I had fun in the scene, and it definitely influenced my attitude and musical journey.

The piece pays homage to the music of my youth and is sort of a punk rock anthem for percussion ensemble. I thought it would be nice to revisit the sounds of my younger years; something rebellious, quirky and fun.

PUNX was commissioned by Broken Arrow HS Percussion Ensemble for their 2016 Midwest Clinic performance. It’s scored for 6-7 players; two marimbas, two glockenspiels, vibraphone, and two percussion parts. The percussion parts can be adapted for one drum set player if desired. Sheet music is now available.