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Marine Corps Jazz Combo 

Today I been commissioned by Marine Gunnery Sgt. Bley to write an arrangement for the upcoming tour of his Marine Corps Jazz Combo. Their tour kicks off on March 5th at Queens City College in Queens, NY, followed by a very special *FREE* event with guest artist Jon Faddis at Lincoln Center's Kaplan Penthouse in NYC on March 8th. Yes, it's FREE! 

Disarming The Tempest 

NEW MUSIC from Composer, Anita Brown I have written this piece as a result of having been selected for the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute's (JCOI) Intensive workshop (Part 1) at UCLA this past August, and a subsequent invitation to make application for their 2013 EarShot Readings workshop (Part 2) Disarming The Tempest is a new work for symphony orchestra, marking my first attempt at composing art music expressly for this genre, as opposed to the jazz- and tune-oriented works I have been…

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Introducing "Operation Dovetail" 

I am proud to introduce "Operation Dovetail," a program designed to assist returning combat veterans and others suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through learning about what the creative process offers the non-artist. Information is available under EDUCATIONAL SERVICES on the PRODUCTS page of this website. To help support this program and other artistic pursuits, please visit the PRODUCTS page.

As a result of my research while composing Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra, which…

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An Intriguing Invitation 

I have been invited by Marine Ssgt Parish (Staff Sergeant) from local Marine Corps Office of Public Affairs to attend the USMC MEOP (Musicians' Enlistment Opportunity Program) weekend during the first week in May. This is an all-expenses paid weekend for educators and other musicians who are considered influential in their community to learn about career opportunities in music, offered by The United States Marine Corps It seems I'll have an opportunity to observe the bands at work, meet the top leaders…

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I couldn't be happier to announce that The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon has availed themselves to the premiere of my piece of performance art conceived to integrate their performance with my jazz orchestra. Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra will be premiered with Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra under my baton in Nyack, NY on September 10, 2011, in commemoration of the American experience of our national tragedy of September 11, 2001 While I await confirmation of paperwork, the Captain…

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I am pleased to announce that The Las Vegas Academy Jazz Ensemble has just recorded my big band arrangement of my original tune, "Santa's On His Way" under the direction of Pat Bowen.  Thanks LVA!!  Love you guys!!

"Quagmire" to be performed by the 2010 New Jersey All State Jazz Band 

My piece, Quagmire, will be performed by the 2010 New Jersey All State Jazz Band under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Kunkel.    The performances will take place in a casino to be announced in Atlantic City, NJ on Thursday, November 4, 2010 and at NJPAC (NJ Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ) on Friday, November 12, 2010.

Dr. Kunkel is the Director of Jazz Studies at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ and has served as President of the NJ Chapter of IAJE, NJ Music Educators' Association and NJ…

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Anita is Included in NPR's "Hey Ladies" Survey & Online Database 

I recently completed a survey for NPR Music’s “Hey Ladies: Being A Woman Musician Today”  online database.  My answers "helped to inform a series of radio features airing on NPR throughout the summer."  There is a web presentation of this project where folks can view the responses of hundreds of women musicians who took part in this survey.


Visit the blog or links page for links to my answers.

Big Band Arangements for Judi Silvano 

Judi Silvano has asked me to expand the two small ensemble charts I wrote for her over the winter into big band charts. She will be performing them in Israel in early June! We are both looking forward to running them down with Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra in mid to late May in New York. Judi is also considering learning some of my existing vocal charts and we look forward to the possibility of performing together in the future.