No two marching ensembles are alike. Students come from urban areas while others are from rural towns. Every band director is different with each coming to the table with different experiences, methods, and philosophies which help define the program they lead. What is needed is a music design that fits who you are; a product that overtly displays the skills and talents of your strongest players while at the same time providing realistic challenges that allow you to grow and develop your performers. You know your program, and you know the goals you have set for your students. So why not have a show that allows you to be you?
16Parks Music offers custom arrangements for competitive marching bands, pep bands, parades, and anything else one could ask for. With our members experience in musical and visual design, we can provide a unique perspective in understanding and melding visual and musical elements of a show. Please complete the Client Information Form if you are interested in our arranging services.
Michael Cotten , born May 15, 1994 in Morehead, Kentucky, will soon hold a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the University of Kentucky, where he studied with Dr. Jason Dovel and Joseph Baber. Mr. Cotten is an avid composer and arranger and his works have been featured on numerous concerts and conventions. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at the International Women’s Brass Conference, KMEA (Kentucky) State Conference, Eastern Trombone Workshop, American Trombone Workshop, National Trumpet Competition, and Great American Brass Band Festival. Groups that have played his music include the United States Army Band “Perhsing’s Own” Brass Quintet, Cincinnati Junior Youth Wind Ensemble at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Fillmore Wind Band, Fillmore Philharmonic Brass Band, University of Kentucky Trombone Choir and Trombone Octet, University of Kentucky Trumpet Ensemble, and Commonwealth Trombones.
Michael is also active in arranging for Marching Band where his arrangements have garnered many awards. His arrangements have helped marching bands achieve a KMEA (Kentucky) state championship and multiple finalist appearance along with a Mid-States Band Association championship and multiple finalist appearances. He has also arranged for the Western Illinois University Marching Leathernecks where most recently they performed an arrangement of his at the 2015 McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago. For Michael's full bio click here.
Dr. Brandon Arvay - From contemporary chamber music to the traditions of the pageantry arts, percussion artist and pedagogue Dr. Brandon Arvay has appeared in some of the most visible venues in his profession. Having toured throughout the United States and Asia, he holds degrees from the University of South Carolina (B.M.E.), Colorado State University (M.M.), and the University of Kentucky (D.M.A.). Currently Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Centre College, he also serves as Percussion Instructor at Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, Front Ensemble Instructor at the Battalion Drum & Bugle Corps, Director of Percussion at George Rogers Clark High School (Winchester, KY), and Section Percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic.
Having an eclectic background, Brandon has taught chamber music, percussion repertoire, percussion pedagogy and literature, and marching percussion at every level. He has conducted and coached a variety of ensembles throughout the South, including the University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble in their Showcase concert at PASIC 2014. Brandon’s teaching honors include a Gold Medal with Palmetto Percussion at the WGI World Championships and numerous High Percussion awards. He has been a resident instructor at Wayne State University and the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, and regularly presents lectures and workshops throughout the United States. Brandon is a contributing author for the PAS Educators’ Companion, Bluegrass Music News, and Dansr. For Brandon's full bio click here.
Jim Daughters is the conductor of the Fillmore Wind Band, Music Director of the Cincinnati Junior Youth Wind Ensemble at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky. Jim was previously the band director at Henderson North (KY), Conner Middle School (KY), and Interim Director of Bands at Xavier University (OH). His former teachers include Richard Clary, Joseph Baber, Cody Birdwell, and Richard Domek.
Jim's arrangements and transcriptions have been performed by a variety of artists and ensembles, including world-renowned trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, in addition to some of the nation’s elite high school and college marching and concert bands at national and regional venues. Recent show successes include state championships, regional circuit championships, and BOA regional championships. Jim’s transcriptions, arrangements, and original works for band can be heard and purchased through Academy Music Productions based in Houston, Texas and 16Parks Music. For Jim's full bio click here.
“I’ve been judging bands and drum corps for over a decade. Jim’s arrangements and compositions are some of the most engaging and playable pieces available for marching bands today. When I hear a band playing his works I know that it’s cleanable music that I will take my ear on a logical and exciting journey." - Steven Page, DCI Judge
"These arrangements are crafted for my ensemble’s strengths. In addition, they allow for a broad range of expression and detail. The understanding of each instrument’s vocabulary allows scoring that enables the individual section and ensemble attainable success." - Chris Hedges, Band Director Williamstown High School
“Jim has always come through for me, on time, with fantastic quality arrangements that my students love and that make my band sound great." - Dr. Matt Thomas, Associate Director of Bands Western Illinois University