Exciting Opportunities at SheetMusicPlus!

Sheet Music Plus, which is where I publish my music, has opened up a new opportunity entitled “ArrangeMe.”  They have negotiated with copyright holders to allow publishers on SMP to arrange popular music, and post it for sale on their website!  I thought this would be fun, and so took a stab at it–please check out my arrangement of YMCA for Steel Drums!

One of the things I love about Sheet Music Plus is that the music is available immediately–just order it, download, and print!  No waiting for a publisher to produce a copy, no hangups when they put the wrong music in your package.  Just what you need, everyday!

Anyway, there’s more to come, but I’d appreciate you giving a look over there, and see what we’re doing!  Here’s the link one more time, in a shameless bid for commercial success!  YMCA for Steel Drums

New Marimba Music!

I have new Marimba Music posted on Sheetmusicplus.com!!  Please take a minute to check it out, and if you’re interested, support me by purchasing a copy.  What’s really cool about the link posted is that these titles are available instantly!  Download them, and begin work on your next Marimba piece TODAY!


Thanks for reading, and as always, if you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong!



Music Tour Opportunity for Young Musicians!

As many of you know, not only do I teach percussion at Mount Saint Joseph University, but I have also taken over the role (small though it is at present) of Band Director.  As such, I am subjected constantly to a stream of direct mail advertisement, most of which is complete trash!

Until now.

I recently received an advertisement for the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

This is open to all musicians (with some limits) within the ages of 16-19.  The audition material is pretty standard fare, and the Orchestra, in the summer of 2015, will be touring China!

As if that’s not enough, there’s a $30 application fee, the cost of getting to New York, and…the rest is free.

Yeah.  FREE.  As in, $30, a successful application, and a round trip plane ticket to New York gets you an intensive summer experience–did I mention 2 weeks of rehearsals with some of the best artists in the country?–and a tour to China!

In other words, anyone reading this that plays reasonably well, and is between the ages of 16 and 19 needs to go to that link and figure out how to win a spot!

Here’s the link again:

National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America

Get out there!

Slice the Pie!

It’s been a while, and I know everyone is missing me!  Here’s a little of what’s kept me away from the site for a bit:


-We’re getting our hardwood floors refinished (YAY!)

-My son is now cruising on everything (He climbed several stairs un-aided today!)

-Emily and I are performing with the C.A.S.T. production of the Addams Family at Highlands High School

-I’ve been checking into various opportunities to work online, including Freelancer, Odesk, and Slice the Pie (full disclosure, the slice the pie link is a referral link–which could help me out!)


Currently, I’ve bid on a project on Freelancer, but haven’t heard back yet.  I haven’t bid on anything at Odesk yet, as that site seems a little more complicated, and my time has been limited!


On the other hand, Slice the Pie lets you basically jump right in and get started reviewing songs.  The site pays a little for each song that you review.  By a little, the most I’ve made on a review yet is less than a quarter.  The good thing is that each review can be completed as the song plays, and you are only required to listen to 90 seconds of the song.


I have yet to figure out what the criteria is that will make for a more lucrative review, but rest assured I’m working on it!


More than that, I figured everyone would like to know, YES, I have been paid!  I have put in some time over at Slice the Pie, and I have been paid for it!  Now, let’s see if I can make minimum wage with it…which I haven’t yet, but each review you complete raises your rank, and I guess you can get friend referrals.


It also works on my iPhone, which means that the majority of time I spent on Slice the Pie was actually time that I would have spent on Facebook…


Regardless, it’s kind of fun to write stuff about people’s music, and get paid.  I’ve heard some really great tracks, though I’ve also heard some terrible ones!  Take a look–it might be worth your time, it might not, but they do actually pay money, even if it’s not much.

Blue Wisp

Recently, I’ve been playing at the Wisp fairly often. It’s been a great experience, and neat to perform on such a well known stage, but it looks like that’s over. Follow the link to find out more.

The Blue Wisp Closes

May 30th, your two favorite bands together!!

Those of you who check my website often should notice that RHO and the Bob Ross Quartet are performing TOGETHER on May 30, at 8pm, at the York Street Cafe!!  By together, I of course mean that we’re splitting the gig that night–RHO is on first, and performs until 10 or so, and then the Bob Ross Quartet comes on to finish the night.

You don’t want to miss this great night of music!  I’ll see you there!