Come Celebrate With Me was composed in 2008 for the annual Christmas Market in Herrnhut, Germany, on November 29th, 2008. The piece was performed twice in that Christmas Market: the first performance was in the afternoon and given by a Christmas choir comprised of several from Herrnhut's local Youth With A Mission center and members from the local Christliches Zentrum church – the choir sang on the corner where the streets of August-Bebel Strasse and Dürniger Strasse met; and the second performance was later that evening as part of a concert given by students and teachers of the Kreismusikschule Dreiländereck (a music school in the "three-country-corner" where Herrnhut lies) that took place in the sanctuary hall of the Herrnhuter Brüdergemeine (the Moravian Church of Herrnhut) – this second performance of Come Celebrate With Me was given by a quartet of two Trumpets, an Alto Saxophone and a Trombone, for which I specially rearranged the piece in light of that performance.
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Born in 1985 and raised in San Jose, California, I grew up with a very musical background. I imitated simple tunes by ear on the piano as a child that my father would play and I eventually began to formally learn how to read and play music at the age of 10 by learning the trombone. At 15, as a Sophomore in High School, I then picked up the guitar. The idea of composing music had always intrigued me. However, after being exposed to some jazz arrangements and a composition by a high school marching band friend and fellow trombonist, the wheels began to turn in my life that eventually brought me to the decision that I wanted to spend the rest of my life composing music. The idea that something never heard or even imagined before could come out of someone's mind and be written down for others to read, play and hear had fascinated and inspired me to go for it myself. My music is largely inspired by my faith in God and should tell you about Him and what He has done in my life through the salvation His Son, Jesus Christ, brought to you and me.
I like this quote:
"Life, wherever it reveals itself; truth, no matter how bitter; bold, sincere speech with people -- these are my leaven, these are what I want, this is where I am afraid of missing the mark." - Mussorgsky in a letter to Vladimir Stasov
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