I've been a musician since age 3, when I started taking private lessons for violin. I was in my middle school orchestra for all 3 years there, and when I went to high school, I became the concertmaster for the intermediate orchestra. I arranged Smooth Criminal, which we played at one of our concerts. It didn't go well for various reasons.
Come sophomore year, I was in the advanced level. I didn't arrange anything that year, partially because I was worried about a repeat of the previous year's performance. I was still in orchestra, and continued to thoroughly enjoy it. Junior year, I decided to arrange Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold from The Hobbit. That, unlike Smooth Criminal, went really well. I came out of that concert wanting nothing more than to go home and arrange something new.
My senior year, four significant things happened. First, I sadly had to take a break from private lessons, because of my workload at school. Second, I became the concertmaster once again, but for the advanced level. I wasn't in Chamber, but I was fine with that. Music isn't my main focus for my career, nor do I see it as a competition. Third, I composed my first piece. I loved doing arrangements, but I hadn't been able to put together a piece of my own before. That changed one day. That day, I wrote Judy's Waltz, named for my girlfriend.
Finally, I completed an arrangement I had been working on for awhile on and off, my Legend of Zelda medley. To date, it is still my favorite of the works I have done, for multiple reasons, not the least of which is the memories surrounding it. We played this at my final concert in high school, my senior year Arts Under the Stars. Not only that, we played it as the finale, so all three orchestras played it together. We even had percussion with timpani. The best part for me was that the director, Mr. Geddes, gave me the privilege of conducting it. That was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
It was bittersweet - one one hand, I was conducting all three orchestras in my creation for Arts Under the Stars, but on the other hand, this would be my last time performing with this amazing group of people. I really do miss it.
Towards the end of the school year, I started piano lessons. I loved the piano, but I just wasn't able to play it. I stayed in piano lessons for around a year and a half, but recently I had to quit because I just don't have time anymore. I got a part time internship at Goldblatt Systems doing systems and network administration, which I love. I was taking 12 credits at my local community college, not to mention helping teach another four, because I love doing it. Then I got another part time internship at IBM, as a product field engineer for a couple of enterprise storage arrays, which is also very enjoyable for me. I'm keeping myself busy, which is a very good thing for me, but I noticed something was missing. As much as I love IT, my life just isn't the same without music. Not just listening, but creating. I treasure every moment I have on my violin, at a piano, or working on arranging music.
I have done several arrangements. I have a few featured here. If you're looking for a different one, check my Patreon - that's where I'll publish most of my new stuff. (Check there even if you're not a patron - I'll post some things publicly there from time to time.) If it's not there, send me an email or message or whatever works for you and I can send it to you.
If you want me to put more time into creating music, please consider pledging something on Patreon.
P.S. If you can identify the song on the background of this page, I'll send you the sheet music and audio of it.