Happy New Year (22 days late)! I’m deep into two concert band commissions right now: both for middle school band! Towards the Light,which isfor the Hampton Middle School Band (Hampton Township, PA) and directed by Miss Shannon Shaffer,is a single-movement splash of optimism to celebrate the hope of brighter days ahead. Melting Clocks is a short & quirky romp inspired by the imagery of Dali’s painting The Persistence of Memory and is being written for the Gateway Bands (Monroeville, PA). I’m also dedicating time each day to a series of miniatures for violin and percussion entitled Menageries, which are for Shawn and Karen Galvin. Stay busy y’all!