My wife Meredeth and I were married on January 4, 2014 at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. deCordova is a 30-acre sculpture park and contemporary art museum on the shore of Flint’s Pond, 20 miles northwest of Boston. It was established in 1950. It is the largest park of its kind in New England, encompassing 30 acres.
As a longtime pianist, trumpet player and music enthusiast I had always wondered if I could compose my own wedding music. In 2013 I began working with Steve Giles, a Berklee College of Music trained composer who along with my former design student Ben Hawkins helped me develop a “winter wedding processional” score for brass quintet. The main theme for the processional stemmed from my time studying jazz with the Brazilian pianist/conductor Samuel Kardos in the mid-2000s. Kardos, who now resides in New York City was in Boston at the time also to study at Berklee. In that time I composed a dozen or so short pieces for solo piano—Procession for Brass Quintet deCordova is based on one of those compositions. Kardos in now the Conductor of Lumen Philharmonia in New York City.
Dan Vlahos and—
Samuel Kardos, Piano and Composition Instructor
Ben Hawkins, Brass Quintet Leader
Steve Giles, Arrangement
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