Greek Concert Weekend

I had the opportunity this weekend to participate in two concerts organized by the fraternities and sororities on campus. On Friday night, the three music organizations (the brothers of Phi Mu Alpha, the sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota, and the brothers and sisters of Tau Beta Sigma) performed in the first annual joint-concert between the three organizations. A joint-concert has been attempted before, and talked about many times, but finally thanks to the organization and dedication of some members of each organization, the three groups finally combined to do a concert, which included solo vocal acts, a trumpet sextet, larger vocal ensembles, a few low brass solo acts, and a jazz band.

The jazz band was comprised of mostly members of Tau Beta Sigma (the co-ed honorary service sorority that I am a part of), and is a very similar group to the one that I organized for TBS’s Fall Showcase. We performed a jazz ballad version of the traditional Irish song “Danny Boy.” The Paul Clark arrangement came off really well, and everyone seemed to enjoy it! I also had the opportunity to perform with the trumpet sextet, who played the Star Spangled Banner and a short arrangement of Loch Lomond. For those of you on Facebook, you may be able to see a short video of Loch Lomond here. Finally, I performed the Tau Beta Sigma Loyalty Song with the brothers and sisters of TBS. All in all, the joint-concert went extremely well, and everyone who attended enjoyed the concert!

Conveniently enough, TBS’s 3rd Annual Spring Showcase was the following day! The TBS showcase, which was similar programatically to the joint-concert, included a solo tuba act, some vocal acts, the jazz band, and even a performance of Trumpet Voluntary on… you guessed it… a recorder! I performed in the jazz band again; we opened this concert with a shortened version of the “Family Guy” theme song, and performed another Paul Clark work, this time an original composition, entitled “Baby Drives a Fast Car.” We also performed the Loyalty Song at showcase. The showcase this spring was a part of a TBS initiative to help local boy scouts get their music merit badge, so in addition to being attended by family and friends of the sorority, we had 15 6th/7th-grade boy scouts at the concert!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the jazz band that performed this weekend. In addition to being a great opportunity to play jazz, this band has helped me get an opportunity to work on my rehearsal skills with jazz bands, and I appreciate the patience of each and every person in the band as I worked with them. The members of the jazz band included saxophones Frankie Pereda, Chris Walker (also a Membership Candidate for TBS), Jackie Kraus, and Jessica Kirsner, trombones Luke Cramer (a brother of PMA), Nicholas Heilman, Raquel Shifrin, and Marissa Wites, trumpets Rachel Hanusa, Chris Kumetz, and Kevin Mazzarella, and the rhythm section of Michael Heilman (drums), Dan Wager (bass), and Andrew DeVine (piano). Andrew also was the person behind the fantastic arrangement of the “Family Guy” theme song.

As I perform in all the formal end-of-semester concerts with the School of Music ensembles, it’s nice to take a step back every so often and perform in a more informal setting. The concerts this weekend were a great opportunity to do that, and I really enjoyed each and every act. Congratulations to those who performed, and thanks to all who attended!

Concert Season

It’s that time of year again! As the semester winds to a close, all of the ensembles that I have been rehearsing with for the past few months are preparing for their end-of-year concerts. I, personally, have 4 concerts in 3 weeks, and the madness kicks off tonight! I’ve provided below a list of the concerts I will be participating in, as well as dates, times, and locations (all locations are located at the University of Miami). If you’re not in the area, you can still listen in; all of the concerts have live audio streaming! The name of each ensemble is linked to the page at which you can listen to the streaming audio! Streaming starts 30 minutes prior to the concert time.

Frost University Band

Wednesday, April 15th – 8:00 pm – Gusman Concert Hall

Elective ensemble for non-music majors and music majors on secondary instruments. I play Timpani.
Featuring works by: Ticheli, Gossec, Vaughn Williams, de Meij, and Latham

Frost Symphonic Winds

Monday, April 20 – 8:00 pm – Gusman Concert Hall

The lower of two concert bands at UM; I am performing on three pieces in this concert.
Featuring works by: Schuman, Ogren, Ellerby, Daugherty, and Salfelder

Frost Wind Ensemble

Tuesday, April 28th – 8:00 pm – Gusman Concert Hall

The top concert band at UM. I’m performing on one piece-a triple concerto for piano and two percussionists.
Featuring music by: Xi Wang, Sweelinck, Sleeper, Stinson

Frost Woodwind Ensemble

Thursday, April 30th – 8:00 pm – Clarke Recital Hall

An ensemble of pirmarily woodwind players; I am performing on one piece which calls for some brass
Works TBA

If you are able to attend (or listen to) any of these concerts, I would be glad to hear your feedback! Please feel free to leave a comment on this post if you have any thoughts! Enjoy the concerts, and may the next few weeks find you relaxed as the semester winds to a close (for both you student-folk and teacher-folk!).

My Print Debut

Yesterday, The Miami Hurricane, the official newspaper of the University of Miami, published an article on Twitter, and I was quoted in the article! As those of you who are returning members to my site know, I have written on Twitter a handful of times here on my blog, but this is the first time any comments of mine on the service have been put in print. You can check it out here. Here is a quote the article:

While it is helpful to remain in touch with friends and to read about the activities of favorite celebrities, sometimes Twitter can provide too much information. However, sophomore Andy Zweibel does not feel that this detracts from the site and its full potential.

“Those who don’t know much about [Twitter] think it’s just a glorified Web site for posting Facebook status-esque updates. This is what I thought from the beginning too,” he said.

“I have realized that it’s so much more about meeting people and sharing ideas, than letting everyone know when you’re eating a bowl of cereal,” Zweibel said. “I would encourage anyone to at least try Twitter for a few months before passing judgment.”

Special thanks to Danielle Kaslow, UM student and write for The Miami Hurricane, for putting together such a great article, and to Greg Linch (@greglinch on Twitter) for putting Danielle in contact with me!


I came across a website called Wordle a while back through a post regarding it by one of the people I follow on Twitter. The basic premise of Wordle is to take a set of text (popular choices include blog feeds, twitter streams, etc.) and create a “word cloud” based on the words used in the set of text. The size of each word is proportionate to the frequency with which the word occurs in the text set. Wordles are great ways to see what you or others talk about most frequently.

After reading a post by Tim J at The Other Blog Without a Name, though, in which he used a wordle to create a word cloud of the search terms that brought users to his site, I realized I had not yet created a wordle for my site here. So, without further adieu, I give you the wordle for, care of

Website Wordle

Also, care of TweetStats, a wordle of my Twitter stream (with @replies removed):

Twitter Wordle

You can click on either wordle to take you to a larger image, located on the wordle site. I would highly encourage anyone who is more visual to create a wordle for anything they have written (a blog, twitter, even a term paper for classes!); it’s a really interesting experience getting to see your own words like this.

Happy Easter!

April 2009 Blog Carnival

As a trumpet player, every so often I need to fufill an innate urge to “toot my own horn,” and this post will be one of those times. I’m proud to say that my recent post on the “Conference Effect” has been chosen as one of the entries in the April 2009 edition of the Music Education Blog Carnival! The Music Ed Blog Carnival was started by Dr. J. Pisano at, and Joel at, and is a monthly compilation of the top blog entries in the field of music education. It was the first time I applied to the Carnival, and I look forward to applying in the months to come! Who knows, I might even volunteer to host one issue (the host chooses which articles are listed out of those who applied)!

Thanks for reading! It’s the fact that there are actually some people who read my posts that motivates me to create them, so I owe this to you guys!