What's happening?? Or, one composer's busy schedule.

November 30, 2018


It's been a few months since I've posted here, which is a lot longer of a break than I was expecting. This has been one of the busiest semesters I've ever had, but it's also been the most fulfilling musically, personally, and philosophically. Without going into a ton of detail, here's what I've been up to since my last post:


– Performed with the Symphonic Winds: Ticheli, Grainger, Chance, Delle Cese, and Bach arr. Grainger

– Played a wedding for the first time (Congrats Dan and Kate!!)

– Judged jazz piano auditions for ILMEA

– Conducted the excellent Symphonic Winds on a few pieces

– Took the GRE and got a pretty darn good score

– Got a flu shot (yay adulting)

– Visited the University of Illinois and attended their Martirano Composition Award Concert

– Met the composers who won said award as well as multiple faculty

– Enjoyed Beethoven 9 by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra

– Subbed for a couple of theory classes

– Performed David Salleras with Cuarteto de Delfines in saxophone studio

– Got a new debit card because the old one was breaking in half

– Printed parts (again) for my orchestra piece Of Love and Distance

– Used a spiral binder for the first time (thanks Dr. Zare!)

– Drove the ISU Jazz Ensemble I around Illinois on our recruitment tour

– Played the snot out of that jazz concert the following day, including the chart I Am by Omar Thomas

– Skyped with Charles Norman Mason at the University of Miami

– Played for the ILMEA District 2 Vocal Jazz Ensemble I

– Performed on the Chamber Winds recital with Cuarteto de Delfines

– Played some big band tunes at the fall Jazz Dance

– Joined the ...and friends recital with Mozart for four hands and a premiere of Aaron Gomez's Song for viola with Douglas Temples

– Had a great lesson with composer Omar Thomas as a part of his residency at ISU

– Another Symphonic Winds concert: Ticheli, Dello Joio, Fučík, Mackey, and John Williams with the Normal West High School Band

– Attended the excellent premiere of Come Sunday by Omar Thomas

– Played on Zach Hoffman's trombone recital

– Pre-Thanksgiving dinner with my folks

– Thanksgiving dinner in Milwaukee with Sarah's family and friends

– Did ZERO shopping on Black Friday

– Auditioned for concert bands for spring semester

– Performed my new sax quartet, A Sudden, Potent Dissipation of Agitation and Stress, for the saxophone studio

– Completed four doctoral apps due December 1, with three more to do later over break

– Conducted the Symphonic Winds again

– Managed to get Music Factory to happen without anyone dying (with the help of excellent stage manager Jordyn Shultz)

– Had an excellent premiere of A Sudden, Potent Dissipation at Music Factory

– Caught up with a college friend who came to see Music Factory from out of town

– This whole time, practiced the Górecki Harpsichord/Piano concerto with Aaron Gomez

– And today, I turned 24.


It's been a fantastic yet stressful semester. I wouldn't change it one bit. Well, maybe less stress would be nice. But where's the fun in that?




Cuarteto de Delfines at Music Factory (right to left):

Brian J. Hinkley, Ben Long, Marwin Noel Esguerra, and Matthew Joseph Garbin

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