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Composer Spotlight: KAREN K. ROBERTSON


Karen K. RobertsonWe are thrilled to welcome Karen K. Robertson to the C. Alan Publications catalog. Her recent band piece "Into the Unknown" received "Honorable Mention" in the 2018 Female Band Composition Competition. In addition to composing, Karen is currently in her ninth year of teaching. She spent eight years as a band director at Wiley Middle School in Leander, TX, and is now teaching piano, music theory, and music composition at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock ISD. We will be releasing three more of her band works next year (2019-2020), including "Dachsund Trot" (Gr. 1.5), "Court Jester March" (Gr. 2.5), and "Leap" (Gr. 3), so be on the lookout!

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Composer Spotlight: ED KIEFER

After teaching high school band for 28 years, Ed Kiefer is now retired and uses his time to compose engaging & educational works for concert band, jazz ensemble, and percussion ensemble. He remains extremely active as an educator by traveling around the state of North Carolina and the rest of the country as a clinician [...]

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Composer Spotlight: ANGELA KEPLEY

Composer, percussionist, and educator Angela Kepley is a shining star in the C. Alan catalog! While running a both a successful percussion ensemble program and private teaching studio, she has amassed a wonderful variety of her own compositions for young percussionists that are engaging and fun for everyone involved. Check out some of her work [...]

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Composer Spotlight: GARY GACKSTATTER

Gary Gackstatter has been with C. Alan Publications since 2004, bringing his unique voice to our band and orchestra catalogs. He is an active artist, composer, conductor, clinician, performer, and teacher, inspiring all who come into contact with him. One of his most recent projects is "The Spark: Notes from the Podium," which he wrote with [...]

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Composer Spotlight: JAY COLES

We are thrilled to welcome Jay Coles to the C. Alan Publications catalog. Jay has exploded onto the concert band scene in the past few years, writing music for young bands that is unique, yet accessible. We expect to see great things out of him in the coming years. Check out his newest publication for [...]

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Composer Spotlight: DAVE HALL

Composer, percussionist & educator Dave Hall has quickly amassed an impressive catalog of works for solo marimba, percussion duet, and percussion ensemble (from 3 players up to 13). He has a unique, instantly recognizable sound in his compositions that grabs the audience and performers immediately. You can always expect inventive sound combinations in his scoring [...]

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Composer Spotlight: Bruce Tippette

We are thrilled to welcome Bruce Tippette to the C. Alan Publications catalog. Bruce is a composer, pianist, and educator whose compositions for both choral & instrumental ensembles have been performed across the United States. In addition to his concert works, Tippette has composed original compositions for choreographers, film, and has co-composed music for a children's musical. Please take [...]

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Composer Spotlight: Joshua V. Hinkel

We are thrilled to welcome  Joshua Hinkel to the C. Alan Publications catalog. Josh serves as the Associate Director of Bands at River Bluff High School in Lexington, South Carolina. Ensembles under his direction have received superior ratings at festivals as well as numerous regional, state and circuit championships. His works for concert band are infused with maturity [...]

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