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Just in time for Christmas!

Christmas holiday music

Available now is a 3-pack of Christmas tunes titled 'A Christmas Trio' (Grade 1). Includes Jingle Bells, Good King Wenceslas and We Wish You A Merry Christmas. My beginner band from 2020 really enjoyed this arrangement of Jingle Bells at the end of last year. We Wish You A Merry Christmas has been part of my youth band's Christmas repertoire since 2018. We play it at our local community carols sing-a-long. I just needed one more piece for an easy Christmas pack, and decided on Good King. It hasn't been played by real players yet (due to our continuing covid...

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New Releases for 2021

2021 sees the release of a number of new pieces. The 'Suite Scotland' (grade 2.5) project has finally been completed with the release of the version for String Orchestra. 'Amazing Grace' (grade 3) was a project from a few years ago that I had trouble finding time for the final touches. 'O Magnum Mysterium' (grade 4) a transcription of the late renaissance work by Tomas Luis de Victoria was mostly completed during lockdown in 2020. 'Marche Militaire' (grade 2.5) an arrangement I did for my Senior Concert Band at Beecroft Public School. Other exciting projects are still in progress!

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O Magnum Mysterium

'O Magnum Mysterium' was written by Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548 - 1611) and considered one of the greatest works of the late renaissance. It's a 4 part motet that is largely polyphonic and is a great example of the complexity of choral music in the church at that time. The text is from The Matins of Christmas which is thought to date back to the 10th century and has been set to music by many composers. This transcription is a result of work during the lockdown period during 2020. At first I was looking for a hymn to create a level...

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New Beginner Solo Repertoire

Upon a request from a colleague, I've started writing a set of beginner solo pieces with piano accompaniment. These will have no more than the first 6 notes and simple rhythms. Right now they are for Trombone/Euphonium, but will eventually be available for all band instruments, individually and as a set known as - Six Super Cinch Solos. The first two - 'The Grand Old Duke of York' and 'blew the blues' are available NOW! Please see the new 'solo' menu tab.

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2019 North Shore Primary Schools Band Festival - Sept 6-8

This year's festival was attended by 64 bands! The biggest ever! All received on stage workshops from one of our very hard working adjudicators James Brice and Andrew Watkins. It was very exciting to hear 9 performances of 'Danzon' written for the A grade section. Congratulations to Cherrybrook PS, St Ives North PS, Balgowlah Heights PS, Waitara PS, Lindfield PS and Mona Vale PS for receiving a music award for excellent performances! A big thank you for Gavin Staines for creating an event that promotes excellence in performance from beginner and developing Primary school bands. It's also promotes Australian band...

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