2013 has been a fantastic year for HirschMusic Publications. We've had triple-digit growth for the second consecutive year, and I'm thrilled about what's coming 'round the bend in 2014.
Here's a list of the various friends, organizations, and ensembles I'd like to thank for making 2013 wonderful. (Please know that there are many people deserving my personal thanks who did not make the list. If you are one of them, please know that I am grateful for your role in all of this stuff).
commissions (in chronological order)
. Ben Drouet / the Sax Pistols (new work for quartet)
. Dean Barker / the Phoenix Horns (5 new holiday arrangements for a cappella horns)
. LeiLani Vidal / the Saxations (10 new charts for quartet & rhythm section)
. O. Richard Bundy / the Penn State Blue Band (2 new arrangements)
. Johanna Steinbacher / Mt. Nittany Middle School Jazz Band I (new grade 2-3 work for jazz ensemble)
. Jim Glaser / Central Bucks School District Music Dept. (13-minute Sound-of-Philadelphia medley)
. Hexagon for the great new sextet recordings: Kevin Lowe, Mac Himes, Jeff Beck, Barry Long, Jay T. Vonada
. Zeropoint Big Band for amazing Bohemian & Sentimental recordings: David Stambler, Phil Loewen, Marty Gillespie, Matt Donovan, Paul Leskowicz, Jay T. Vonada, Bob Labarca, Mike Loewen, Eddie Severn, Dale Orris, Jeff Smith, Rob Byham, Barry Long, Steve Rudolph, Jeff Beck, Kevin Lowe
. University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One for the new recordings of Lifeblood and Great Big Ball with a Map Wrapped Around It, as well as a recording of my Ballad to Max transcription.
. Rob Parton Big Band for their brand-new recordings of Silent Night, Christmastime is Here, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
. 2013 PA All-State Jazz Band for their excellent video performance of Free Food?
. all of the wonderful home-made videos I've been sent of student and community ensembles performing music I've written. I love these!
guest artist opportunities
. Joshua Davis / Susquehanna University Jazz Ensemble
. Dan Yoder / Penn State University Jazz Ensemble
. Dick Bundy / Penn State University Capstone Music Education seminar
. Miles Osland (Kentucky), Chris Merz (Northern Iowa), Chris Vadala (Maryland), Dan Yoder (Penn Stater)...these four gentlemen have all been very encouraging with my writing for a long time. And they all continue with their willingness to try playing just about anything I write.
. my Mom and Dad (Alice & Jeff Hirsch): they've supported my music thing longer than anyone. And they still try to make it up to my gigs when they can.
. my wife Rebecca and our daughters Anna, Eva, and Ellie: they're right along with me on this roller coaster of being an independent musician in a small town. I'd be doing some other sort of work if it weren't for their encouragement, patience, and love.
HirschMusic Publications, 2013 by the numbers
. 534 charts sold (111% increase over 2012)
. distribution through JW Pepper, eJazzlines, Marina Music, Theodre Front, Stanton's, Penders, Music and Arts, Hickeys, Quinlan & Fabish, Beethoven and Co., Al Hemer Music, Losers, and many more
. featured performances at Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, JEN / Atlanta, several All-State Jazz Bands
Coming in 2014
. new holiday (Christmas & Chanukka) arrangements for Saxophone Quartet
. new original music for Saxophone Quartet
. new jazz ensemble works are in the offing (more on this later)
. * three of my titles (2 existing and 1 new) will be published by Alfred / Belwin Jazz!
. conducting Iowa All-State Jazz Band & District Jazz Bands in Altoona, Sayre, and Honesdale PA