World premier

So I’ve been holding down the Bass Trombone chair in the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra all week while it’s been raining and non-Spring like outside.

Schumann Symphony #2 gives an opportunity for us trombones to get into some merry making but what is fun this week is a World Premier work for 2 Pianos and orchestra called Double Rainbow. Commissioned for our guest artists – Michael Shinn and Jessica Chow Shinn – the work is composed by Juilliard School of Music faculty member Thomas Cabaniss.

A colorful telling of his inspiration from seeing Double Rainbows while on a tropical vacation, the work is a play not only on the imagery of the Double Rainbow but the juxtaposition of the double elements within the orchestra and 2 pianos.

Almost a sellout, get your tickets now.

See you from the back row.


Still here

Social media, blog is now old school, as is Facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest. Oh my.

Trying to keep up can get you down. Why? When I was 10 or so, I wanted to be a concert pianist (oops). Then a musical director. Then many other things in and along side of music. Well after a bit of soul searching at 120′ in the ocean off of Cozumel, I return to music is in my soul.

100th anniversary of Dean Martin’s birth this year. Joe Scalissi is perhaps the finest of the “Tribute” artists there is. Hope to see you at some shows. Interested in Joe, head over to

See you this summer on the Capital Square with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Six Wednesday nights in a row June 28 – August 2. Join 25,000 – 50,000 on the beautiful lawn of the Wisconsin State Capital at 7 pm. Bring your picnic basket!

The Madison Jazz Orchestra is celebrating our 30th season with our regular 4th Thursday of the month gig at the Brink Lounge, corner of East Washington and Blount streets. Look for other summer festival dates coming soon.

Weddings, corporate events, party? Yes we still do them and have several options from jazz trio to a big commercial Chicago style band. Just let me know.

Going to practice some trombone now. See you soon.