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Connecticut Halftime

Connecticut Halftime and The Three Camps


Sean J. Kennedy Following up the successful release of a new arrangement of a Revolutionary War-era fife-and-drum tune, “The Downfall of Paris,” drummer, producer, and arranger Sean J. Kennedy, of Local 341 (Norristown, PA), has created new arrangements of two more rudimental drumming standards: “Connecticut Halftime” and “The Three Camps.” “For me and many other […]




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The Web Opera


Michael Roth The Web Opera, composed by Michael Roth, of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), is a multi-episode, filmed opera web-series presented exclusively online and for free. It is a unique experiment in music and film based on true events to support suicide prevention and the fight against cyberabuse.  A college freshman installs a webcam […]




The Downfall of Paris

Sean J. Kennedy On Independence Day 2020, a group of world-class percussion and brass musicians released a new arrangement of a Revolutionary War-era fife and drum tune, “The Downfall of Paris,” as a YouTube video. The idea sprang from the solitude of quarantine, during which Sean J. Kennedy, of Local 341 (Norristown, PA), the Philadelphia-based […]


New Love Songs: Bossa Nova & Beyond

Danny Strimer Local 257 (Nashville, TN) composer-guitarist-vocalist Danny Strimer’s New Love Songs is a 10-song travelogue of the heart. Strimer co-wrote the album and co-produced the recording sessions in Nashville. Also performing on the album is Local 257 bassist Brian Zonn. “After doing a good amount of writing and performing pop and country songs, I […]


Tango Del Cielo

Anna Maria Mendieta Harpist Anna Maria Mendieta’s newest album, Tango Del Cielo, is a collection of Argentine tango and Spanish classical music. The album includes arrangements for harp and orchestra featuring works by Astor Piazzolla, Pablo Ziegler, and more. These orchestrations have been created by award-winning composers, including Jorge Calandrelli; pianist for Piazzolla, Pablo Ziegler; […]


Message to Home

Mark Reed If you’ve ever been touched by the Muse you won’t be surprised to learn that the seed for Mark Reed’s lifetime work, Message to Home, was planted in a dream sequence: “It only lasted about 15 seconds, but it inspired me to consider how an objective observation of life on Earth might look,” […]


The LA Sessions at Capitol Studios

The Steve Spiegl Big Band The latest album by The Steve Spiegl Big Band celebrates the band’s 50th year in existence as a staple of the LA rehearsal band scene. It was recorded by the some of the top LA studio musicians and jazz soloists. Recorded over three days at Capitol Studios, The LA Sessions […]


Not Our First Goat Rodeo

Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile  Not Our First Goat Rodeo is the long-awaited follow-up album to the Grammy Award-winning The Goat Rodeo Sessions by four diverse musicians who combine talent and friendship into a genre-defying work. The group is: Yo-Yo Ma (cello), of Local 802 (New York City), a classical cellist […]


When the World Stops Ending

Dave Carroll  Dave Carroll, the creator behind “United Breaks Guitars,” the groundbreaking YouTube music video considered by many to be the greatest customer service complaint in history, has released a new song and video that is current and relevant for the times. Written and produced during the current COVID-19 pandemic, this song is meant to reflect our […]


Jim Brickman, 25th Anniversary Greatest Hits

Pianist and songwriter Jim Brickman has released his latest album—a compilation of him singing 15 of his biggest hits from the past 25 years.








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