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Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Apr 2, 2015. 8 Replies

As I've finally got my finger out and started a new work (in between bouts of extensive bus driving) I thought I would add a composition/arrangement of mine from a few years ago incorporating a…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Aaron Barnes Nov 17, 2014. 8 Replies

Hi all.A new member here, I only came across the website today, I'm hoping to have a long and fruitful stay!The piece I've uploaded is my first original composition rather than arrangement.  I'm…Continue


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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Orchestral music - mainly 20th Century British music. Vaughan Willams and Walton in particular amongst others. Very much like symphonic wind music also.
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
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About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
My musical background started with the recorder (didn't most musicians?) at a young age before taking up the cornet in my local brass band (Kirkintilloch Band). Playing in a recorder group before learning brass was a remarkably good grounding - ensemble playing and learning to read music.

I progressed through the brass band movement in Scotland, eventually moving onto Euphonium, joining the Army in 2000 and serving with the Royal Artillery Band and Orchestra and the Royal Regiment of Scotland Band before leaving the army in 2011.

Most of my compositional work so far has been arranging, much of it by trial and error as I have no formal training in that area. I produced several christmas arrangements for orchestra, exercise s that I learn't a lot from. I have produced one or two arrangements for wind band, including a selection of Burns songs arranged for the RRS Band.

Since I left the army my time has been limited by my new job, but I have arranged mainly for brass band, and finally got round to writing my first original work, a solo for Eb Horn and brass band - a birthday present for my sister. Fortunately she liked it!

My output is averaging around one a year at the moment, but my next project is likely to be for brass band again - when I can find the time and motivation.

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At 2:07pm on November 13, 2014, michael diemer said…


Welcome Aaron

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