It’s mid-August, and that means that not only is summer winding down (and marching band is back in full swing), but the All-State and All-District etudes for Kentucky are out! Like the past few years, I’ve put together a page to help students get a jump-start on these etudes. Even […]

2019-20 KY All-State Etudes Up!   Recently updated !



While this almost certainly belongs on the tech part of my website, rather than the music portion, I just really love the phrase, probability-based drummer. I can think of a few probability-based musicians I’ve known in my life, and I think I’m going to start using that phrase instead of […]

It’s not just a punchline – the “Probability-Based Drummer” is ...


It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it looks like the Attorney General (as well as law enforcement in general) doesn’t understand how encryption works. At a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University in late July Barr lamented the expanding presence of encryption. In the speech, Barr is trying to play […]

The Quest to Cripple Encryption




It’s not just Facebook and Google that are after data. It looks like the e-commerce juggernaut Amazon is getting into the action as well. This past Prime Day, Amazon offered $10 of Amazon credit for users that spent $50 and installed the Amazon Assistant extension. Amazon Assistant is an extension […]

Amazon (Also) Wants Your Data



It’s July, and for high school and college bands, that means marching band. For French horn players, that means it’s time to (temporarily) put down the concert horns and pick up a mellophone or marching horn. Since there aren’t many resources available for mellophone players, I’ve decided to put together […]

New Page: A Mellophone Starter’s Guide