June 27, 2019

The works of Poe have been an ever-giving fount of inspiration for my works. Fairy-Land represents the third work I have completed based on the poems of Poe (the other works are The City in the Sea for saxophone ensemble and The Haunted Palace for large wind ensemble)....

June 27, 2019

The Zephyrus Overture was written in a complete whirlwind of composition in less than 72 hours. I awoke one morning with the piece fully formed in my head and knew that it had to immediately come out. The piece is an attempt on my part to write a standard band work tha...

March 6, 2019

In February of 2018, I set out to write a "little" symphony.  After coming off of the massive project that was Symphony 2 "The Forest of Dreams" my creative output was exhausted. I needed a small palate cleanser. Boy was I mistaken....

What evolved over the next year tu...

July 31, 2018

A Taxonomic Revision of the Woodwind Instruments at a Specific and Subspecific Level

Bret Newton

July 2018


With the ever-expanding size of the five main woodwind families continuing to grow, it is essential that a step back must be taken to consciously look at...

May 6, 2018

Every band composer needs to have a good library of band music to study. Here, I'll be linking some of the great band scores that are freely available on IMSLP (or other hosts).

Berlioz Funeral and Triumphal Symphony

A major early Romantic work for band.

Holst Suite 1 in...

February 15, 2018

Interested in new music?

Can't afford to commissioning an entire work? 

From time to time, I will posting on here about opportunities for you to join in on commissioning a new work. You can join in with lots of other awesome people and work together to create a new piece...

February 13, 2018

Full Score - 11x17 - $65.00

Set of Parts - $300

In the summer of 2017, I was hard at work on my book Band Orchestration – Volume 2: Woodwinds. This task was Consuming most of my creative energy, but I found the small spark I needed to begin a new work for large wind ense...

February 4, 2018

In 2016, I received a commission from Rufus Acosta for a new work for Contrabass Sarrusophone. This unusual instrument I’ve had a long interest in. In fact, I played and performed on one throughout my undergraduate studies usually in lieu of the more common Contrabasso...

February 3, 2018

In the summer of 2017, I contacted Paul Cohen the noted saxophone performer, professor, and historian with a question about orchestral saxophone excerpts for my upcoming book Band Orchestration – Volume 2: Woodwinds. Dr. Cohen was not only helpful with my initial query...

February 3, 2018

While it is impossible to be 100% accurate with time involved in projects, the following rates will be considered standard.

Lessons via Skype - Composition and Orchestration

$25 / hour

Orchestration from pre-existing score

$50 / hour of work - estimate of time will be give...

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