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I’m conducting a fine group of 120+ 9th grade musicians.
I’m with Eric Ebel, a former student of mine. He serves the National Association of Music Merchants as the Public Affairs & Government Relations Senior Project Manager.
I’m with Mr. Bill Platt, retired percussionist from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra after a 40-year stellar career.
In the studio
I’m with film composer David Newman. David has been an inspiration ever since his music score for The Phantom (1996) and the animated movie, Anastasia (1997). This was after his conducting class for film composers at Vitello’s Restaurant in Studio City, CA.
There are very few great people that have made such an immediate and lasting impact on me during my music career. Dr. David Walters was one of those giants. His favorite expression which illustrates the way he lived his life: “Be kind to each other. It’s important.” Sadly, he passed away in December of 2015. His quiet, intellectual, and personable way was his trademark. I took music theory from him, private lessons on my major instrument from him, and private composition lessons/critiques from him every chance I could get. I was already arranging/composing percussion ensemble pieces for marching and concert ensembles. He encouraged me to try composing for other music ensembles. I remember asking Dr. Walters so many questions even when I wasn’t doing a music arrangement for him. His office door was always open and the coffee was always flowing. He began encouraging me to arrange/compose for bands and orchestra. Scary, but I did; always learning from him in the process. Over time his influences were felt when he judged my ensembles at competitions, and even first-hand by my students when he was the Keynote Speaker at a Spring Banquet in 1994 honoring my senior students I taught at Colquitt County High School.
Reading some music
One of my mentors, Dr. John M. Long. We were on tour conducting 16 concerts in 8 European countries over 3 1/2 weeks. This photo was in Bacharach am Rhein in Germany.
I’m with composer Marty O’Donnell. In addition to several early video games (“Myth”, “Riven”, “Myth II”, and “SepTerra Core”), Marty has composed for the entire “Halo” video game franchise and recently has worked with Sir Paul McCartney. He gave an very insightful and inspiring Keynote Address at the 2014 Game Music & Sound Design Conference in LA. He also wrote the commercial jingles for Mr. Clean, Flintstones Vitamins, and many others.
I’m conducting one of my old schools in Maastricht, Netherlands. This is during Sousa’s “Stars & Stripes” in the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Center.
I’m visiting with friend and film composer Neil Argo in Scottsdale, Arizona. Neil’s work ranges from music composed and/or orchestrated for shows such as “MacGyver”, “Dynasty”, “Mission: Impossible”, and National Geographic’s “Wild America”; to name just a few.
Conducting a very warm concert. No air conditioning!
I’m surrounded by Grammy-winning percussionist Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez (on my left). Originally from Havana, Cuba, he’s played with Carlos Santana, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others. Also, one of my former students, John Wooton is on my right. I taught him while I was a graduate assistant and he was in high school, then we toured and performed in South America, and then I taught him in drum corps. He’s Professor of Percussion Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Conducting a wonderful group at an outdoor concert in Lugano, Switzerland.
Owned and operated by Greg Curtis, I’m at the Bridge Recording Studio in Glendale, CA
I’m with one of my former students, James Harrison. James teaches at percussion at Idaho State University in Boise, Idaho. He is a representative for Vater Percussion.
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