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Randall Standridge (b.1976) received his Bachelor's of Music Education from Arkansas State University.  During this time, he studied composition with Dr. Tom O'Connor, before returning to Arkansas State University to earn his Master's in Music Composition, studying with Dr. Tom O'Connor and Dr. Tim Crist. In 2001, he began his tenure as Director of Bands at Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, Arkansas.  He left this post in 2013 to pursue a career as a full-time composer and marching arts designer.In addition to his career as a composer, Mr. Standridge is the owner and editor for Randall Standridge Music, LLC and Grand Mesa Marching.  He is in demand as a drill designer, music arranger, and colorguard designer for the marching arts, as well as a freelance artist/photographer and writer.  He lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas with his family.Read Randall's full bio hereIn this episode, we discuss:Randall's earliest inspirations to be creativeBecoming a composer "by accident" His influences as a composer & what he's listening to right nowWhy he doesn't have a favorite type of ensemble to write for.Remaining creative during the COVID-19 pandemicRandall's music notation software of choiceHow working as a band director influenced his writingWhat influenced his decision to step away from teachingBalancing work, family, and personal well-beingMaking the decision to start up Randall Standridge Music, LLC, and begin self-publishingWriting for "modular wind ensemble"Planning his first album, A New Day DawnsWriting socially conscious music and the importance of a composer's intentRandall's love of horror literature and "the stupidest thing he's ever done" (His words, not mine!)Randall's Links:WebsiteA New Day DawnsSocial MediaFacebookTikTokInstagramTwitterLinks from topics discussed:Tom O'ConnorJohn WilliamsDanny ElfmanYanniEarth, Wind & FireTrixie MattelWill StrattonOmar ThomasBrian BalmagesPrecious Lord, Take My HandA New Day DawnsThe Witching HourA Christmas Tale: Beware the KrampusThe PresentsMusic included in this episode:Herwig - FreedomStandridge - Vanishing Point
Clint Bleil is a composer and saxophonist from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Clint has degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance from Slippery Rock University, where he studied under Jason Kush. Clint recently received his master's degree in Studio Jazz Writing from the University of Miami, where he studied composition under Gary Lindsay, John Daversa, and Carlos Rafael Rivera.Clint is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Washington & Jefferson College, where he teaches woodwind lessons and music theory as well as leads the Jazz and Wind Ensemble. He also offers private woodwind lessons throughout the Pittsburgh area. He regularly performs in the Pittsburgh area with his quartet that focuses on modern jazz arrangements and compositions, as well as a funk/fusion group that he co-leads with his brother.Read Clint's full bio here.In this episode, we discuss:Clint's earliest inspirations to compose, which composers have the biggest influence on his writing, and what he is listening to the most right now.His writing process and how he likes to vary it in order to challenge himself.How Clint has managed to remain creative throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.What softwares he prefers for writing, recording, and video editing.Clint's experience at the University of Miami while earning his master's degree in Studio Jazz Writing.His current job at Washington & Jefferson College.His performing groups: The Clint Bleil Quartet & The Bleil Brothers.Growing up in a musical household.What influenced his eclectic taste in music.His approach to varying rhythm and meter tastefully in his compositions and arrangements.Clint's Links:WebsiteYouTubeSpotify - The Bleil BrothersSocial MediaFacebook - Clint BleilInstagram - @cmb8481Music Included in this episode:Freedom - HerwigI'll Remember April - Arr. BleilYou Don't Know What Love Is - Arr. BleilCarry on Wayward Son - Arr. BleilContinue On - BleilYou're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Arr. BleilIt Matters - BleilNot Lost - BleilAnimal Crossing New Horizons Main Theme - Arr. Bleil
The music of composer and conductor JOSH TRENTADUE (b. 1994) explores philosophical and spiritual views on life through thrilling symphonic textures and occasionally a wide variety of bleep-bloop sounds. A proud owner of two adorable cats, Trentadue's wide-ranging compositional portfolio includes works for wind ensemble, orchestra, chamber music, jazz groups, film scores, and music about squirrels.​Trentadue ​studied screen scoring with John Kaefer, Irwin Fisch, and Ira Newborn at New York University for his Master's Degree in Music Composition, as well as with David Biedenbender, Jere Hutcheson, and Zhou Tian at Michigan State University for his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Composition.When not composing, Trentadue is addicted to new films and television shows, food, nature walks, photography, loving his cats, and various meditative practices.Check out Josh's full bio here.In this episode, we discuss:Josh's earliest inspirations to compose, and the composers with the biggest influence on his writing.Why he doesn't necessarily have a favorite medium to write for.How and why his writing process varies from project to project.Advice for staying creative during the COVID-19 pandemic.Which notation software he prefers and why.Co-founding the Millennium Composers InitiativeCombining genres in Contemporary Classical MusicIncorporating the practice of Sound Healing into a composition.Creating art in response to the current social climate from the perspective of a composer with inherent privilege.Josh's Links:WebsiteSymphony No. 1Symphony No. 1 social media handle - @motifsymphony1Josh's social media handle - @trentaduemotifLinks from topics discussed in episode: Mackey - Asphalt CocktailMaslanka - Symphony No. 3, Symphony No. 7Corigliano - Circus MaximusMackey - Frozen CathedralMackey - Places we can no longer goMillennium Composers InitiativeZenith Saxophone QuartetThe ____ ExperimentHolland Concert Jazz OrchestraFront Porch EnsembleSputter BoxCreative Repertoire InitiativeMusic included in this episode:Herwig - FreedomTrentadue - The Great River Rapid ChaseTrentadue - Summertime Echoes: I. Youthful AdventuresTrentadue - Symphony No. 1: I Prologue (Early Draft Preview)Trentadue - Excursions for tenor saxophone and piano
Coming September 2020 - Composer Disclosure with Jeff HerwigPodcast Description:Have you ever wondered what’s behind the music of your favorite composer?Where does their inspiration come from? What do they stand for? What are they most passionate about?Composer Disclosure is a collection of interviews in which composers are given a platform to discuss the topics most important to them so they can voice their concerns, their hopes, their goals for the ever-evolving world of music composition - giving them an opportunity to express themselves beyond just the notes they put on paper.
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Created by
Jeff Herwig
Podcast Status
Aug 12th, 2020
Latest Episode
Oct 12th, 2020
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