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Steve O Sample
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  • Bellingham, WA
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  • Fritz Souder
  • Ray Reach
  • Doug Henry
  • Ronald (rolifer) Ferguson
  • Karen E. Peace
  • AndyStootz
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  • Leon Portelance
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  • Tim Clemmons
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    01 Deed I Do 3
  • 2.
    08 Wee Small Hours 2
  • 3.
    _Gregory Is Here_ Buckets w_solo 1
  • 4.
    _Here's That Rainy Day_ GPO
  • 5.
    "My Favorite Things" full mix
  • 6.
    “Rose of the Rio Grande”
  • 7.
    "Alison's Tune" Comp SOS
  • 8.
    "Blue Bossa"
  • 9.
    "Hello Young Lovers"_
  • 10.
    "Silent Night"
  • 11.
    "TheTrolley Song"
  • 12.
    "I Got It Bad"

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Contemporary Big Band Jazz, 14th-16th century vocal polyphony, Stravinsky and friends
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Bellingham, WA 98229
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.
Retired professor of music, 35 years on University of Alabama music faculty. I taught theory and composition as well as arranged for marching band 1955-1973, started Jazz Ensemble 1967/68. Established arranging degree program offering Bachelor and Masters degrees in Arranging. I still have my 747 tackle box full of music pens, inks, etc. but haven't written by hand since 1989. I am now quite proficient with FINALE on my Mac.

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At 11:33am on September 9, 2009, Doug Henry said…
Well, it's been a long time. I am glad to see that you are still composing and fishing. I am teaching and playing in Charlotte still. We have a good quartet here and our second CD is coming out at the end of this month. Jim Stack and friends on Artist's house records. Send me your address and I will send you one. Let me hear from you. Doug Henry
At 6:55pm on July 20, 2009, Tim Clemmons said…
Hey Steve,

It's been awhile since we last spoke. I thought I would update you on a few of my new tunes. If you get a chance, go over to my page and listen to a few of them. See what you think. Of course, I don't have the talent in my whole body that you have in your little pinky, but enjoy.

Take care!
At 12:00am on June 28, 2009, Ronald (rolifer) Ferguson said…

I was just looking around while a piece was uploading and saw you. Miss you on the other site. You always gave me such great encouragement and I miss that. Nice to see a picture of you as well. I remember some of these pieces you have here. Cool.

At 1:42pm on February 25, 2008, Steve O Sample said…
Didier EUZET:
This looks and sounds quite professional, however due to my age and training, it is not a genre' that I am into. Thanks for the invite but I fail to see that we would have any mutual interests, so please accept my "no thanks."
Good writing and continued success.

Steve Sample
At 9:08am on June 17, 2007, Ken Watters said…
Hey Steve!

GREAT to hear from you! Ya know, I've been meaning to aoplogize for acting like such a little shit during that unforgettable two weeks at U of A years ago. You were too kind not to kick me out...

How have you been? Where are you living these days? Looks like you're extremely active in the music world!

My wife & I are living in the Atlanta area & have no complaints at all. Lots of work there & a great & healthy live music scene (all styles). Plus, I'm in a NYC-based Caribbean band that travels to the French speaking world every few months, so I do 't go stir-crazy...

Fill me in on your happenings when you get a minute! Again, it was great to hear from you!
(770)965-6464 (home)
(256)603-5059 (cell)
At 3:15am on June 17, 2007, Shane Porter said…
Well, my band at UTC is young. I'm entering my 3rd year and when I started, I literally had 3 saxes, 2 bones, 3 trumpets a drummer and bass player (from the orchestra). I did wonders with them because they worked hard. Now, I have a full ensemble with rhythm section players to spare. They are a young group, doing to be many freshman next year which is fine, they'll be smokin' in 4 years.

I drive them hard - so - whatever you hear in the recordings, will be the best that they have - I wont accept anything less.

No need for a father's prejudice - Stevie is an amazing musician - if you haven't heard him in a while, his solos are as musical as anyone with a horn. It's always great to be on the same stage with him - he plays the set the way I play my horn. I'm not sure if you knew this interesting bit of trivia - I am the last person to graduate from U of A with the arranging degree, after me that degree was retired & a Jazz Studies degree was put in place.

This has been great for Chris and I - discovering this and him being able to communicate with you has given us much more to talk about & has seemingly put a fresh gleem in his eye. We've been talkin' about some great things - he has a HUGE idea that he's putting together. Let's just say it's going to be groundbreaking when it's all finished. I'll leave it at that. I don't want to give away too much.

Talk soon.
At 1:23pm on June 15, 2007, Steve O Sample said…
Mart and Rich have really come a long way as mature soloists. Forgive a father's prejudice, but it's hard to find someone that can drive and kick a band better than "thunder thumbs," as Jeff Demond used to call him. His soloing has come a light year also, as I used to tell him "your time and kicks are great but your solos sound like somebody kicked over a garbage can."
I am anxious to her your group play my newer charts which will be forthcoming.

At 12:00pm on June 15, 2007, Shane Porter said…
Well - the piano soloist was a student in Alabama's Jazz Ens. at the time. He was a young brother that grew up in the black church. The rest of the soloists were (yes) Tom on Guitar, Rich on Tenor Sax & Mart on Flugel - and of course - your spawn on the drums.

I have to say - I'm the tail end of a great era of musicians/writers/arrangers & everything i've learned - I've gotten from watching You, Chris (who still amazes me), Mart and some others. Tom was always encouraging and helpful too.

I'm excited to get some of your charts for my UTC students - they have not let me venture into teaching a jazz arranging class just yet - but - I'm trying to get that to happen.

Back to recovering for me - more soon.
At 1:17am on June 15, 2007, Shane Porter said…
Hey Steve - Just thought I'd let you know that there are now Live Performances of "Hello Young Lovers" and "Cascavelo" up on my playlist. Much Love to Galen - but - I put a Double D in the middle of "Lovers" too. :-)

There is also a lot more of my writing that I don't know if you've ever heard (particularly the marching band writing toward the bottom) - Enjoy!

If this thing keeps growing like it is - it's going to be the Steve Sample student alumni forum. I've invited Jimmy Bowland, Mart and whoever else I could think of - maybe they'll all start poppin' up soon.

If you want those two MP3s - if you can't download them from here - let me know and I'll e-mail them too you.

Take it easy
At 4:24pm on June 14, 2007, Dick Aven said…
Thanx 4 the invite! I left you a message last night but I must have not pressed the delivery button. I'll figure it out this time (hopefully). Your music sounds incredible as always

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