Video: Legacies (percussion ensemble) at PASIC 2012

Dr. Eric Willie conducts the Tennessee Tech University Percussion Ensemble at the 2012 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, TX on the New Literature for Percussion Ensemble Session. This is an edited version of Legacies because of time constraints. The duration of the full 10-player piece is approximately eight minutes.

Legacies is available for sale from Steve Weiss Music.

Video: Tangling Shadows (oboe & vibraphone) by Nathan Daughtrey

Shane Reeves (vibraphone) and Briana Leaman (oboe) perform Tangling Shadows at the University of South Carolina. Commissioned by Lisa Rogers and Amy Anderson from Texas Tech University. the piece is based on the poem "Thinking, Tangling Shadows" by Pablo Neruda. The oboe part is also playable on soprano saxophone.

"Tangling Shadows" is published by C. Alan Publications and is available from Steve Weiss Music.

New Video of "Spun" for Keyboard Percussion Octet

The University of Oklahoma Percussion Orchestra, directed by Dr. Lance Drege, performs Spun for keyboard percussion octet by Nathan Daughtrey. The 8-1/2 minute piece was commissioned by Dan Armstrong in 2010 for the Penn State Mallet Ensemble.

"Spun" is published by C. Alan Publications and is available for purchase through Steve Weiss Music.

Slovenian Performance of Downtown Dash

While tooling around on YouTube, I discovered this video of a Slovenian concert band (Prekmurska Godba Bakovci, conducted by Željko Ritlop) playing my Grade 2.5 band piece Downtown Dash. The piece was featured in the most recent volume (8) of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.

Downtown Dash is published by C. Alan Publications and available from music stores worldwide.

Video: "Encantada" for Solo Vibraphone

My new vibraphone solo Encantada is being released for publication (among a slew of other pieces that I'll share later) in the next couple of weeks by C. Alan Publications, so I thought it a good idea to post something other than the electronically-generated recording that has been representing the piece so far.

Please excuse the following:

  • the green hue courtesy of the flourescent lights in my office at work
  • the moderately poor video quality
  • the 4 wrong notes (yes, I counted)

Otherwise, enjoy!

Read more about "Encantada" in an earlier blog post.

Video: "Adaptation, Mvt. I" by Nathan Daughtrey (OU Percussion Ensemble)

The University of Oklahoma Percussion Ensemble performs the first movement ("Improvisation") of my piece, Adaptation. Based on my solo piano piece, Episodes, I scored Adaptation for 11 percussionists specifically for the "5:00 Ensemble" at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro while I was there as an adjunct professor of percussion. It won 3rd Place in the 2005 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest, the same year that David Skidmore's Whispers (see my earlier video post) won 1st Place and another piece of mine, Limerick Daydreams, won 2nd Place.

Adaptation is published by C. Alan Publications.

Video: "Aboriginal Dreams" by Roland Barrett (OU Percussion Ensemble)

The University of Oklahoma Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Nathan Daughtrey, performs Roland Barrett's "Aboriginal Dreams." It was commissioned by and premiered by the Mt. Lebanon High School Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Rick Minnotte.

Aboriginal Dreams is published by C. Alan Publications.

Mvt. I

Mvt. II

Mvt. III

Mvts. IV & V

Video: "Whispers" by David Skidmore (OU Percussion Orchestra)

The University of Oklahoma Percussion Orchestra, directed by Dr. Nathan Daughtrey, performs David Skidmore's Whispers

Whispers was the 1st place winner in the 2005 Percussive Arts Society International Composition Contest. It is published by Keyboard Percussion Publications.