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Gene Alley
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  • Richmond, VA
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Forward March!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gene Alley Oct 20, 2014. 2 Replies

I wrote this tune in 7th grade and didn't do anything with it until I purchased Sibelius7.  I used it to learn the program. It is for ah middle school band and would make a good first piece to get…Continue

Tags: march, symphonic, band, concert

Which one should I keep?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gene Alley May 15, 2014. 4 Replies

I posted my composition "Passions of the Heart" yesterday, and since that time, I reworked the piece eliminating the intro.  I am re-posting both the original and new version.  I would like you to…Continue

New Composition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gene Alley Apr 30, 2014. 2 Replies

When you have a chance please listen to my most recent piece for symphonic orchestra "Passions of the Heart".  Feedback welcomed.  Thanks!GeneContinue

Looking for feedback on my latest composition!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Nov 12, 2013. 11 Replies

I wrote this Spanish piece called El Matador Mas Grande (The greatest Matador) for…Continue

Tags: orchestral, world, instrumental, Spanish, symphonic orchestra


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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Symphonic (Wind & Orchestra), Christian, Country
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
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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.
I am retired from the business world due to disability and have begun to use my free time to get back to composing. I began music training at age 12 playing trumpet and continued to do so professionally for 25 years. My first band director Kenneth Henderson was a published composer of over 100 works of symphonic band music, mainly aimed at the school band/education sector market. I became interested in that as well and he took me under his wing as a mentor to which I am very grateful. I wrote my first band arrangement in 7th grade and continued to write a variety of music. In my senior year of high school I played in both the orchestra and concert band as principle trumpet and composed an orchestra arrangement of Sammy Nestico's "Portrait of a trumpet" written for piano and trumpet. My director liked it so well he included it in our spring concert performance with me playing the solo trumpet part. I write both instrumental & vocal compositions. I've never been published but have had my works publicly performed. I also had the good fortune of meeting with Alfred Reed on several occasions. If you don't know who he was, he was the most prolific composer of band and orchestra music in the 20th century. When he passed away around 2005, he had commissions for compositions to keep him busy for another 20 years! He was a very interesting person to talk to and to learn from. He once told me that he made over 1 million dollars for his most famous work; Russian Christmas Music!
I am looking forward to receiving any constructive feedback on works that I post to this site. I use Sibelius 7 for composing, and Reaper and Audacity for mixing & mastering (which I am trying to learn!) I am excited to get to interact with fellow like-minded people here. I am currently a member of the College Music Society.
Much success to all!

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Looking for feedback on my latest composition

Posted on November 9, 2013 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

I wrote this Spanish piece called El Matador Mas Grande (The greatest Matador) for Symphonic orchestra and solo Bb Trumpet.  It was inspired by the story of Manolete, considered the greatest Matador of all time.  He changed the sport…


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