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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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I am anxious to her your group play my newer charts which will be forthcoming.
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.
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