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The Moon Takes A Solo: Total Eclipse of the Sun

 

Many people who were able to see the total eclipse reported being moved by the visual and the experience. I felt the same way and have been trying to figure out why.

 

Thoughts on Music Education

 

The American Federation of Musicians, Local 802, NYC (aka "The Musicians' Union") has asked me to write an essay about Music Education for publication in their monthly magazine...

 

New Composition Underway

 

Sketches for a new piece are currently underway. 

 

Born Identity: Co-Commissioning Contributors

 

Click to see the complete listing of contributors to The Born Identity Co-Commissioning Project.

 

BORN IDENTITY Co-Commissioning Campaign goes LIVE with Indie-Go-Go!

 

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Born Identity: An Arranging Project's Pseudo-Crowdfunding Kick-Off

 

Born Identity

Tristano-Inspired Music Meets Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra

 

This project delves into the music that I was literally born into.  As the newborn daughter of Ted and Phyllis Brown, who met while studying with Lennie Tristano in the original wave of students, I’m told I attended regular sessions in a basket. 

 

An Army Chief Warrant Officer (CWO-5) Responds to Disarming The Tempest

 

Read CWO-5 DeGuisto's response to Disarming The Tempest as he shares some very personal thoughts about his reaction.

 

Fourteen Years Ago Today

 

On the 14th anniversary of a life-changing accident, this is a re-post from Anita's Old Blog entitled "Ten Years Ago Today September 24, 2009"

 

Disarming The Tempest, for Symphony Orchestra

 
First time composing for Symphony Orchestra: "Disarming The Tempest" seeks to illuminate the plight of returning combat veterans suffering from PTSD.
 

Introducing Operation Dovetail

 
Introducing "Operation Dovetail," a program for returning combat veterans suffering from the unseen wounds of war known as PTSD.
 

Stand: Movement V. Stand

 
Working through some creative details with USMC SSgt. Wallace and members of Nyack High School Music Department
 

"O Magazine" Submission

 
My "AHAAAA!!! Moment" submission to Oprah's "O Magazine"
 

Send In The Marines!

 
"Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra" will be premiered with Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra under my baton and will feature The Silent Drill Platoon in Nyack, NY on September 10, 2011
 

"He is proudly in command of his CH-53..."

 
"He is proudly in command of his CH-53..." from Major Nepenthe (music pa
 

The Leading Edge: Earl Gardner, Unedited (Sept. 2010 Issue)

 

Earl Gardner, Lead Trumpet for The Mingus Big Band, answers the question
Who were your top three earliest influences as a lead player before you turned thirty?

 

The Leading Edge: Tony Kadleck, Unedited (Sept. 2010 Issue)

 

Tony Kadleck, Lead Trumpet for Maria Schneider Orchestra, answers the question
Who were your top three earliest influences as a lead player before you turned thirty?

 

The Leading Edge: Jon Owens, Unedited (Sept. 2010 Issue)

 

Jon Owens, Lead Trumpet for Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra, answers the question
Who were your top three earliest influences as a lead player before you turned thirty?

 

The Leading Edge: John Fedchock, Unedited (Sept. 2010 Issue)

 

Leader of New York Big Band
John Fedchock,
answers the question
Who were your top three earliest influences as a lead player before you turned thirty?

 

The Leading Edge: Keith O'Quinn, Unedited (Sept. 2010 Issue)

 

Maria Schneider Orchestra's Lead Trombonist,
Keith O'Quinn,
answers the question
Who were your top three earliest influences as a lead player before you turned thirty?

 

The Leading Edge: Mark Patterson, Unedited (Sept. 2010 Issue)

 

Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra's own Lead Trombonist,
Mark Patterson,
answers the question
Who were your top three earliest influences as a lead player before you turned thirty?

 

The Leading Edge: Dick Oatts, Unedited

 

The Leading Edge:  Dick Oatts, Unedited

From the manuscript for the September 2010 Issue of
JazzEd Magazine

 

The Leading Edge: Steve Wilson, Unedited

 

The Leading Edge: Steve Wilson, Unedited
From the manuscript for the September 2010 issue of
JazzEd Magazine

Who were your earliest influences as a lead player before you turned thirty?

Read Steve Wison's unedited response!

 

The Leading Edge: Introduction and Dave Pietro, Unedited

 

I hope you all were able to see my column, The Leading Edge in the September 2010 issue of JazzEd Magazine.  Please visit this blog to read more on the topics covered in my column. 

This first blog entry offers alto saxophonist Dave Pietro's response to the first question:

Who were your top three earliest influences as a lead player before you turned thirty?

This and the next several blog entries are from the manuscript for the September 2010 issue of JazzEd Magazine

 

Stand

 

Announcing

Stand:  A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra

 

The Leading Edge

 

Today my copy of JazzEd Magazine's September issue arrived in the mail.  Did you get yours?
Be sure to read my column, "The Leading Edge"!

 

My Response to a post on "Marines" Facebook Page

 

We should be celebrating all the accomplished musicians
who contribute to events of all kinds for the Armed Forces.
It is what enriches us as a people. Music speaks to the inner soul. It's just a fact.

 

2010 New Jersey All-State Jazz Band to play "Quagmire"

 

My piece, Quagmire, will be performed by the 2010 New Jersey All State Jazz Band under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Kunkel, Director of Jazz Studies, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ.

 

Big & Exciting News!

 

I am quite ecstatic to announce that beginning this month I will have a column in JazzEd Magazine!

 

Do you have an answer?

 

A question that was posed to my conducting class by my late mentor, Stanley D. Hettinger, which has only one real answer, has remained with me all of my adult life as a musician.

 

Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra Debuts on YouTube!

 
On August 27, 2010n ten videos of Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra's July 26th performance at The Tea Lounge were uploaded to YouTube.
 

Recent Activity

 

Recently, friends have been inquiring as to why there seems to be a flurry of activity in my life pertaining to the military and in particular, The Marine Corps.

 

Facebook Discussion 8/18/10: “The President’s Own” United States Marine Corps Band

 

“The President’s Own”  United States Marine Corps Band personnel displays the EGA (Eagle, Globe & Anchor) symbol on its uniform.  Those who earned their EGA through hard work and perseverance in Boot Camp find it a discrepancy that is hard to swallow, as they feel anyone who wears the highly respected and meaningful emblem should have “earned” it through completion of Boot camp.  They feel anything short of that dilutes their ability to wear it with pride.

 

NPR Survey and Online Database

 

NPR's Survey & Online Database, "Hey Ladies: Being A Woman Musician Today"

 

Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra at The Tea Lounge: Size Matters!!!

 

Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra will perform as part of the "Size Matters" series...

 

Profoundly Proud

 

My piece for nine brass entitled "Elegia"...

 

This is a blog feed test...again...grrrrrr

 

I'm still trying to feed this blog into facebook.  This is why I hate technology.  Why has life come to this?  We just have to sit for hours and hours at a computer and watch the beautiful weather go by through a small window?  GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

 

TEST-ING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

So Excited!!

 

Today I finally made contact with Lt. Col Phillips, USMC, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing in Louisiana. We talked on the phone about the possibility of my securing some audio...

 

ABJO Rehearses with Judi Silvano

 
Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra and Vocalist Judi Silvano Team Up!
 

Writing Big Band Charts for Judi Silvano!

 
Expanding Small Group Charts for Big Band Instrumentation