Kickstarter is live!

I've assembled a killer big band to record 9 brand-new charts.

And the recording is going to be so good, that we're gonna make a full-scale CD out of it.

»» You can get in on the ground-floor here. ««


And there are amazing offers especially for musicians and band directors.

»» Definitely check them out. ««


Rick Hirsch's BIG ol' BAND is 20-musicians strong.

»» Do you know any of these players? ««




Posted on May 3, 2016 .

Miller gig - Bari book


Do you know of a bari player / doubler looking for a road gig and a great opportunity to hone his musicianship?

If so, please hip him/her to this upcoming vacancy in the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

. Hiring date: Thursday, April 28, 2016
. Audition deadline: Sunday, March 20, 2016

Audition info
. Baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet
. 11 Required excerpts
. Several excerpts of improvisation (swing, blues, ballad, etc.) on baritone & alto saxophones with rhythm section. Aebersold tracks are acceptable. These excerpts at discretion of applicant. Each should be no more than 1 min. in length, and mp3 format is required.

Other nuts and bolts
. Applicant music be U.S. citizen with a valid/ current passport.
. Applicants must include contact information (phone number and email).

All submissions and inquiries are to be directed to:
. Mr. Ashley Hall
. Glenn Miller Orchestra road manager
954-815-1454 cell

Here's the job description in song:

And here's a fine performance of the GMO from 2015

Posted on February 23, 2016 .

'Metroliner' honored

In May, 2015 I composed Metroliner for Chris Vadala's fantastic University of Maryland Jazz Ensemble.

Yesterday Metroliner was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest.



Listen to it. 
It's a read-through with a few mistakes on this performance, but the essence of the tune is there in full.




p.s. MIRAGE was the first-prize winner in the same contest last year.

Posted on February 3, 2016 .