It's our Mission Statement to be a company to help fellow Military Band Composers get their compositions and arrangements out to the public. Usually they are played a few times, or while they are at that unit, but get put in the music library and forgotten. I believe military musicians have a lot to offer both musically and experience wise. I averaged 143 performances a year as a conductor in my last 9 years (yes, we keep all those numbers). Musicians assigned to a small ensemble that travels, in addition to all the marching and full-band commitments, can easily reach 250-300 commitments a year. In short, lots of experience. Typically they are also highly educated. Many have Masters degrees, a few are Doctors. Either way, we help these composers/arrangers.
Michel Jean Farris has been writing sence the 90's and has extensive experience, I know because it's me. The Warrior Musician himself, Michael Maschmeier (GySgt ret. USMC). This pseudonym started while in the Marine Corps because as I got higher in rank, I didn't want my Marines to know it was my composition or arrangement they were playing, so if I asked them their opinion, it was not tainted by me being their boss. I adopted Michel Jean Farris because it is each of my childrens' middle names. Though I went with the feminine spelling of Michael, my son's middle name, to further keep people in the dark. Jean is my middle daughter Augusta's middle name, which is also my mother's middle name. Farris is our oldest daughter Alexia's middle name. The name comes from my Mother-n-law as it was her maiden name. Rosie only had sisters, so the name was not going to continue on. So at least it has one more generation. Rosie herself was not given a middle name because she was not expected to survive based on her extreme premature situation, that actually claimed her twin sister Arlene. She took Farris as her middle name when she got married, so we honored our daughter Alexia with that middle name. So there you have it.
Sgt Aaron Atwood was born and raised in Danbury, CT in a musician family. By the time he was in third grade he decided on playing the French horn, and excelled with it throughout grade school. After graduating high school in January 2006 he enlisted into the Marine Corps as a Horn Instrumentalist, and was first stationed with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band located in Okinawa, Japan from 2007 to 2009. He then finished his enlistment with the Combat Center Band in 29 Palms, CA; leaving active duty by April, 2010. Aaron then went back to Danbury, CT and enrolled in Western Connecticut State University utilizing the Post 9/11 GI Bill. During his time there he performed with the university’s main concert ensembles and multiple chamber ensembles; as well as auditioning for various world-renowned orchestras and bands such as the Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, US Marine Band, and the US Naval Academy Band. While in college he got married to Angela and became a new father shortly before graduation. He graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Music Performance (Classical), and in August 2015 reenlisted in the Marine Corps. After about three months on Recruiting Assistance Cpl Atwood received orders to the Marine Corps Band New Orleans. There he found himself as an instrumental asset playing in the concert band, ceremonial band, brass quintet, and woodwind quintet. It was here that Sgt Atwood started to actively arrange pre-ceremony repertoire for the brass and woodwind quintets, and compose some concert opening fanfares. Sgt Atwood also worked throughout most of his tour there getting the band various software programs and additional hardware to help carry the band into the 21st century with musical technology. By 2018 Sgt Atwood got stationed with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band in Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, NC. There he continues to play horn in different ensembles, compose and arrange music, and become a subject matter expert in the ways to obtain hardware and software the band can use in their facility. Sgt Atwood is currently applying to become the next horn instructor at the Navy School of Music in Little Creek, VA.
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