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Coming Home
(euphonium/percussion quintet)
An Extraordinary Correspondence
(flute/marimba)
Gate City Shapshot
(concert band)
The Dreamers of Dreams
(percussion ensemble)
Sensus Vitae
(symphonic band)
Spitfire
(euphonium & marimba/vibraphone)
Spitfire II
(euphonium & percussion octet)
Star of Wonder
(holiday percussion ensemble) 

upcoming

January 25, 2014
Guest Artist at the Indiana Music Educators Conference (Ft. Wayne, IN)

March 18, 2014
Faculty Percussion Recital at HPU (High Point, NC)

April 5, 2014
Guest Artist at South Carolina Day of Percussion (Columbia, SC)

April 12, 2014
Guest Artist at South Dakota Day of Percussion (Columbia, SC)

more...

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Thursday
Mar142013

Trial by Spitfire: NOT Writing for Percussion

I have two performances fast approaching (at SERTEC & NERTEC) that will hopefully fool audiences full of tuba & euphonium players into thinking I actually know how to write for euphonium. This might sound a little silly and self-deprecating, but there is a nugget of truth in there. Any time I write for an instrument that is NOT one of the percussive persuasion, there is the fear that I am simply pulling the wool over the audience's eyes.

This all started with my very first commission – a duet for oboe and vibraphone composed for Amy Anderson and Lisa Rogers, the oboe and percussion professors from Texas Tech University. Lisa was familiar with my percussion works having conducted Limerick Daydreams & Sizzle, but Amy was certainly taking a chance on my oboe-writing skills. One of their first performances of the piece took place at the International Double Reed Society Conference (a.k.a. the lion's den).

Several other non-percussion ventures have occurred since then (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, wind ensemble, orchestra) and I always feel a little bit lucky when these ventures are successful. However, most of these performances are not in front of such concentrated audiences, especially not with me on display stage.

Today, I return to the lion's den – this time, the Southeast Regional Tuba & Euphonium Conference at the University of North Florida – with the comfort of euphonium player Brian Meixner by my side. We will perform Coming Home for euphonium and piano as well as the world premiere of my newest work Spitfire for euphonium and marimba/vibraphone. Let's just hope that no fruit-throwing ensues.

Friday
Jan182013

Video: An Extraordinary Correspondence (flute & marimba)

An Extraordinary Correspondence (for flute & marimba) by Nathan Daughtrey

Laura Stevens, flute
Nathan Daughtrey, marimba

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Faculty Composition/Chamber Recital
Charles E. Hayworth, Sr. Memorial Chapel
High Point University
High Point, NC

*The video is best viewed at 1080p HD quality.

"An Extraordinary Correspondence" is published by C. Alan Publications (© 2012) and available for sale from Steve Weiss Music.

Wednesday
Dec192012

Video: Legacies (percussion ensemble) at PASIC 2012

Dr. Eric Willie conducts the Tennessee Tech University Percussion Ensemble at the 2012 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, TX on the New Literature for Percussion Ensemble Session. This is an edited version of Legacies because of time constraints. The duration of the full 10-player piece is approximately eight minutes.

Legacies is available for sale from Steve Weiss Music.

Thursday
Dec062012

Strange Dreams: A Faculty Composition & Chamber Recital

It is a little odd that the only local performances I seem to do are church timpani gigs and extra percussionist gigs with one of the area orchestras, yet I don't hesitate to travel to California, Utah, Pennsylvania, or Texas to give a recital, masterclass, or clinic. Rarely do I even take my marimba or vibraphone out of the house unless I'm driving at least 100-200 miles away from Greensboro. It's not like I don't have Christmas CD to promote. It's not that I don't have plenty of other repertoire to share. Is it laziness? I don't know... I think it's just easy to neglect that which is right under your nose. Those days are over.

On Tuesday, January 15, 2013 I will be giving my first faculty recital at High Point University. Seeing how I teach both music composition and percussion there, it seemed fitting (albeit a little self-serving) to perform a recital of my works. We have a wonderfully talented faculty at HPU and I am delighted to be playing with four of them in what will hopefully be the first of many future collaborations. 

Program

Improvisation from Episodes for Solo Piano

Strange Dreams (for alto saxophone and marimba)
with Bob Faub

Encantada (for solo vibraphone)

Coming Home (for euphonium and piano)
with Dr. Brian Meixner

Concerto for Vibraphone (for vibraphone and piano)
with Susan Young 

An Extraordinary Correspondence (for flute and marimba)
with Laura Stevens

Halcyon Deconstruction (for solo marimba and electronic accompaniment)

Recital Details

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission
Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel
High Point University
833 Montlieu Avenue
High Point, NC 

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Wednesday
Sep262012

New Releases for 2012-13

Time for a little shameless self-promotion! I have a bunch of new pieces that were just released for publication over the summer – a mixture of chamber, concert band, and percussion ensemble works. Just hit play on the jukebox player below. It will keep playing even if you click on a link, so browse away!

An Extraordinary Correpondence for Flute & Marimba
Commissioned by Jennifer & Richard Elliott 
Purchase from Steve Weiss Music 

Coming Home for Euphonium & Piano
Commissioned by Christian Folk 
Purchase from J.W. Pepper 

Gate City Snapshot for Concert Band (Grade 3) 
Commissioned by Brent Davis & the Mendenhall Middle School 8th Grade Band 
Purchase from J.W. Pepper 

Halcyon Days for Solo Marimba with Percussion Quartet
Commissioned by Josh Knight & a Consortium of Percussionists & Directors 
Purchase from Steve Weiss Music 

Halcyon Deconstruction for Marimba and Electronic Accompaniment
Purchase from Steve Weiss Music 

Legacies for Percussion Ensemble (10 players)
Commissioned by the NC Chapter of Percussive Arts Society
Purchase from Steve Weiss Music 

Star of Wonder for Holiday Percussion Ensemble (7-9 players)
Written for Andrew Dancy and the 2012 Marimba Christmas Ensemble
Email me if interested