Mat Campbell Music

Composer. Arranger. Conductor. Percussionist.

Week Three

So this last week-and-a-half has been a marathon. Camille Playhouse is putting on a production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and I am playing in the pit orchestra. It has been a wild ride since last Friday (September 4).  Now it's been back to practicing for percussion ensemble and writing some new music! 

As for new music, I'm working on a new clarinet solo and a new glockenspiel solo! The clarinet solo is untitled (so far), but it's taken on a cute and playful character. I'm sure it's being heavily influenced by the music of Sweeney Todd, and I'm okay with that. I haven't started my glockenspiel solo yet, but I have been going through ideas such as bowing the instrument, using different mallets/implements, and other cool effects. Both these pieces should be finished by next Monday (Sept 21st). 

I am very excited to be part of the UTRGV Jazz Band again! I am playing drumset, which is a first for me. I will also be playing in the Symphony Orchestra again for our Fall concert. Capriccio Espagnol should be fun! 

So many great things are happening at school, and I am so grateful for the opportunities I have every day. I am so lucky to be in this place because I have the resources that I can use to get the best education for this part of my life. If you're reading this, thank you. 

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Also, I've been thinking about finally writing a concerto for percussion and wind symphony... A few ideas have popped in my head already, so we'll see where that takes this new piece. The picture to the top would be the set-up for the soloist. Perhaps I'd add a vibraphone/Aluphone or djembe... We will find out in the next few months.