SPIN at the University of Central Oklahoma

December 2012

I have wanted for a while to work with Dr. Brian Lamb and the players at UCO.  Finally I got the chance when he loved my newest band piece and was looking for something like it to fill a program.  They gave a really terrific concert, played well on everything, and gave me a great recording of SPIN.  My thanks to Brian and this Wind Ensemble–really talented kids, and most of them Music Education majors heading out into the world to teach others how to do it.

First, the group:

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Really great candid I got of Brian Lamb conducting:

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And congratulations all around after a great concert.  Really hope I can work with these guys, and this conductor, again soon!

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Premiere of SPIN at Stephen F. Austin State U. in Texas

November 2012

Knew this was going to be a great trip!  Got to visit my old friends Jeff and Tamey, and have a great premiere of SPIN, my new band piece, at SFA.  Really pretty east Texas campus.

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And a classic shot of Jeff

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And Dr. Tamey Anglley conducting SPIN and smiling with yours truly afterward.  Really good premiere–now, revisions to make this piece even better!

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Launch of MUSIVU

September 2012

I’m proud to announce the launch of MUSIVU, the Music Virtual University!  It’s going to be used in conjunction with schools, but the great part is that you don’t need to attend a college of music to get a top-level musical training anymore–you can do it right here with interactive video presentations that will teach everything from the Basic Concepts of Music and Basic Ear Training up through Songwriting, Arranging, Composing, Playing By Ear, and Orchestration.  My half-brother Blake Ellison–technology guru and business expert–is my partner in what I hope will be a successful business as well as provide a much-needed service for everyone who wants to be a great musician. 

You can find us at www.musivu.co

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