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• March 28, 2024: “Black Bayou Vignettes” trio for Bb Trumpet/French Horn/Trombone is now available in both hard-copy and PDF versions. CLICK HERE!

• March 28, 2024: FREE BUDGET SHIPPING now included on all hard-copy orders (USA only). Note – this delivery method takes 5 to 8 business days to arrive. Faster shipping methods are available at USPS or UPS rates.

• March 17, 2024: How about “Cityscapes” for 10 trumpets! Check out this amazing video from Würzburg, Germany. This group is from the university there and is lead by their instructor, Werner Heckmann (who is obviously doing an amazing job with his studio). I sincerely thank them for an amazing performance!

• January 26, 2024: A new website design is coming soon (and some new compositions)!

• May 15, 2023: Sales of hard copies are suspended until Monday, May 22.  However you can still order instant download PDFs of everything here.

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• Febrary 28, 2022: HAPPY MARDI GRAS! Sales of hard copies are suspended until Thursday, March 3rd due to the Mardi Gras holiday. However you can still order instant download PDFs of everything here.

• February 7, 2022: New! “SEVEN for FIVE” by Erik Morales for five B-flat Trumpets. Click here to check it out!

• December 1, 2021: Hard copy sales are back online starting today.

• November 24, 2021: Hard copy sales temporarily suspended until December 1, 2021. You can still purchase PDF instant downloads of everything HERE.  Thanks for your patience!

• November 8, 2021: Now available: “The North Star Suite” as performed by Matthias Höfs & Ensemble on their new album “Festive Trumpets for Christmas”. The PDF version is available now. Hard copies will be available in a few days. Click here to check it out!

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• July 10, 2020 New Video: “Celestial Dance” as performed by the commissioning group Bach Artists Japan “Takumi”:

• June 6, 2020 New Release: “ÉTUDES Volume 1”. Fifteen short studies for Trumpet dedicated to educators and musicians who’ve had a positive impact on my musical growth. Also available as a BlackBinder app download.

• New videos: “Conquest” and “Conquest REMIX!” The REMIX! version’s backing track is included as a download when you purchase the sheet musicInternational Trumpet Collaborative 2020 starring: Rich Stoelzel (Canada), José Cháfer (Spain), Manu Mellaerts (Belgium), Fabrizio Nasetti (Italy), Sławomir Cichor (Poland) and Matthias Kamps (Germany):

• Check out my newest collaborative video: “Crystal Spheres”, starring Allen Vizzutti, José Sibaja, Vince DiMartino, Matthias Kamps, Rich Stoelzel, Terry Everson, José Chafer and Fabrizio Nasetti:

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NEW RELEASE! April 1, 2020. “ANCIENT CITY” for Brass Ensemble (4 Bb or C Trumpets, 3 French Horns, 3 Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone and Tuba) (~14 minutes) commissioned by University of Music and Performing Arts, Stuttgart, Germany, Prof. Wolfgang Bauer, Prof. Christian Lampert, Prof. Henning Wiegräb, Prof. Stefan Heimann. CLICK HERE FOR PRODUCT PAGE!

NEW RELEASE! January 17, 2020, “THROUGH SPACE AND TIME” for 4 B-flat Trumpets and 4 Flugelhorns (~5 minutes) commissioned by the students of trumpet master Hiroaki Hayasaka from Kyoto, Japan. CLICK HERE FOR PRODUCT PAGE!

NEW RELEASE! June 10, 2019. “CELESTIAL DANCE” for 5 B-flat Trumpets is a short fanfare (2’40”) commissioned by Bach Artists Japan, Takumi Trumpet Ensemble. CLICK HERE FOR PRODUCT PAGE!

Blackbinder implementation begins! Blackbinder versions of Concerto, Concerto for Two Trumpets and Passion Dance are now included with your hard-copy purchases of those pieces. Blackbinder is the most advanced automatic-scrolling sheet music app on the planet. Download it for free at the Apple App Store today and try it out.

• Congratulations to the Greater Dallas Youth Trumpet Ensemble for winning the inaugural 2019 NTC Pre-College Trumpet Ensemble Division with a great performance of “Cityscapes”. Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/oJCnZB0crpo

• Just wanted to let you all know that I’m currently working on a bunch of new pieces! I just completed a new trumpet quintet for “Takumi” trumpet ensemble from Japan entitled “Celestial Dance”. That piece will be premiered and released in May 2019. I’ve also composed a 14 minute work for Stuttgart City Brass entitled “Ancient City” which will be released in January 2020. And, as usual, FJH Publishing will be releasing a new concert band work as well. Stay tuned for more updates coming…

• The trumpet ensemble from the University of Music Würzburg (Germany) has recorded “Infinite Ascent”. Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/S22ipwqYr8M

Concerto for Trumpet in C and Strings

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VIEW SAMPLE SCORE (sample score will open in new browser tab) - Download links for full mp3: Movement 1 : Movement 2 : Movement 3
To download "practice" mp3s (no solo part - just strings) click on these links: Movement 1 : Movement 2 : Movement 3

This concerto is an adaptation of a three movement work that was originally conceived as a showcase for trumpet in C and piano. Through the years I've had several requests to create a version with string orchestra. This version adapts the original piano part to the string orchestra thereby eliminating the need for piano. This version comes with a PDF Parts CD, printed full score and solo part. The score and solo parts are formatted 9"x12" and spine stapled.

The work is an eclectic mix of rhythmic and stylistic elements which have played a major role in my development as a composer. The first movement, “Moderately Fast”, immediately showcases the technical demands for all instruments yet manages to remain light in character. There is certainly a jazz element that is a product of my love for the local music scene here in New Orleans, Louisiana. The initial introduction is a recurring theme that acts as a musical “waypoint” within each movement. The second movement, “Like an Anthem”, is a slow movement and displays an unmistakable early Romantic period sound. The main melody is supported by a cascading chord structure in the Basses and Cellos. The trumpet culminates this movement with an amazing cascade of its own and subsides to a very lush and musically appropriate cadence. The final movement, “As Before, but slightly more intense”, takes on a more menacing and modern approach. This movement is a musical roller coaster ride with characteristic calm and frantic moments. Finally, the trumpet is given an opportunity to showcase its' virtuosity with a lengthy section of light and fast double-tongue technique.

ISMN # 979-0-800118-06-7

Grade Level - Very Difficult

Duration - ~12 min.

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