As I stated on my home page, I have over twenty five years of professional experience as a composer / music producer / sound designer / musician. I have done just about everything there is do within the world of music and audio. My experience is vast and diverse. I have categorized my employment history below and then if you wish to read the LONG history book of me, I have posted it at the very bottom for your going to sleep reading pleasure (LOL!!)
EMPLOYMENT / EMPLOYERS
• Brandon Christian Church
2013 - present
• Heritage Christian Church
2003 - 2010
• Outreach Church of God
2001 - 2003
• Brooklyn (The Musical)
Nov 2019 - Feb 2020
• LA Film School
Nov 2018 - Present
• Sanford Brown / IADT
2008 - 2016
• Music Showcase
2001 - 2011
• Rose State College
1989 - 1992
• Streetlyfe / Two Plus Two
2003 - 2018
• PC Quest (on RCA Records)
1990 - 1992
• The Blades
1988 - 1989
• Moonlight Serenade
1984 - 1987
Notable Past Clients
• Pizza Hut, Six Flags, Thrifty Car Rental, Oklahoma Tourism, Williams Energy, Colorado Vacation Bureau, OERB
• America's Most Wanted, Dateline NBC, NCIS, MTV's Sweet 16, NatGeo, Storage Hunters, Impractical Jokers, ID Channel, Science Channel, Ripley's House of Wax Museums
• Donnie Osmond
• The Shirelles
• Herman's Hermits
• Jimmy Dean
• Co-Star of a Kids TV Show called "Basal Ball" 1990-91
• Beginning Snare Drum and Drum Set Methods
• The Next Step - in drum set techniques
• Intro to Drumline
• The Long Spaghetti Strand
• The Chocolate Milk Cow
Musical Pit Percussionist
• "Oklahoma" (three times)
• West Side Story
• Dames at Sea
• The Mystery of Edwin Drood
• Ybor City Cinderella (assistant music director and drummer)
BY THE NUMBERS
- BACKGROUND SCORES FOR COMMERCIALS - Over 1000 musical scores ranging from a minute and a half to thirty seconds
- SONGS WRITTEN OR CO-WRITTEN - 147
- ALBUMS PRODUCED - 15
- INSTRUCTIONAL DRUM BOOKS PUBLISHED - 3
- ORIGINAL MUSICALS - concept/music/dialog - 2
- CHILDREN'S BOOKS - 1
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
I began learning music at the age of 12. It was all my mother's doing. It was a deal we had made the year before. I love football and desperately wanted to play. So in the 5th grade she allowed me to try out for the school football team. I wanted to quit after the first week! But she made me stay until the first cut which was after the 2nd week. I was not a big guy even at that age and I was getting the living daylights beat out of me. So I stuck it out and graciously bowed out after the 2nd week cuts. The next year I lived up to our hand shake deal. I started taking piano lessons and played drums in the 6th grade school band. During this time I remember writing my first song out in the backyard. And as they say, the rest is history!
THE INSTRUCTIONAL YEARS
I continued on with music into Jr. High, becoming involved in Marching Band and Jazz Band. Mr. Gudenburg was our teacher. I will never forget him. My 9th grade year (which was the last year on the Jr. High level back then) I started getting this big head and jacked the cymbals way up high like all the rockers were doing at the time. He told me to put them down or I would be demoted to 2nd chair. I was bull headed and for one week was demoted to 2nd chair drummer in jazz band. I humbled myself, walked into his office a week later, apologized, got a hug from that man and regained my position. Looking back at that time, I am grateful for what he did. He cared enough about me to head off a demenor that could have been detrimental to me throughout life.
I went to Del City High School in Del City, Oklahoma, home of the Eagles. Once again, I was involved in Marching Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band. My Senior Year I was the Band President and Drum Captain of the Drumline. I ended up going to State and winning a Superior medal as a soloist, our Jazz Band winning State (we never lost in all 3 years I was there) and I was a member of the Oklahoma All-Star Marching Band for a 2nd year in a row. I was the pit percussionist for our school's musical productions of "Oklahoma" and "West Side Story". In my 3 years of High School, I made one "B" and graduated with a 3.97 (darn Geometry class!)
The next year I started college at what was then called, "Central State University" in Edmond, Oklahoma. (It is now called The University of Central Oklahoma, UCO) I majored in Music Education and was heavily involved in Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble. My last two years I was a member of a performing music group called the "Tunesmiths". We represented the University at various events / functions throughout the state and were part of the recruiting tool for the college. During this time I met three other music majors and started a Top 40 / Club band called "Syntax". We performed at school dances, frat parties, festivals and clubs. It was a nice way of making extra money on a college student's budget. I became a member of my percussion instructor's performing percussion ensemble called "The Mallet Machine" for a couple of years. We performed at various events and festivals. During this time I began writing music on a more serious level. I went into a studio and professionally recorded two songs the summer before my senior year. I also was hired to write and record my first jingle. It was for "Dual Air Heating and Air-conditioning" I made $600 and for a college student, was in "hog-heaven". I can still sing that jingle to this day. Something I will never forget and it was also a foreshadow as to what was to come. My senior year was busy as most are but four things highlighted that year. I was selected as the pit percussionist for the universities production of "Dames at Sea". I was the featured soloist for the yearly concerto concert. (it was very unique for a percussionist not only to get selected, but to be the "closing act") I joined OKC's premier Top 40 / Club band "The Blades" and to top off the year, I received "The Most Outstanding Senior Music Man" award. This was especially meaningful to me because it recognized and capped off five years of hard work during my college career.
EARLY PROFESSIONAL CAREER
Upon graduating college, I continued to perform and make a living I might add, with "The Blades". A year later, I began teaching as an adjunct instructor at a two year college, Rose State College. I taught private percussion lessons, a Top-40 Band class, a country music ensemble class and group class piano courses. After a year off from school, I went back to UCO and began work on my Master's Degree in Composition under the guidance of Dr. Dillon. At the same time I began playing session work at White Rose Studios in Edmond, Okla. One particular client was a group called "Pop Chart". They were a "Pop / Boy Band" type except one member was a female. This was the time of NSync and Backstreet Boys. They were being eyed by famed producer George Tobin. He had discovered and produced Tiffany and was looking for "The Next Tiffany". Soon the group was on their way. They signed a production deal with George, changed their name to PC Quest and landed on Geffen Records. After initial small promotional stints, I got the call to hit the road with them. From 1990 to 1992 we opened for artists such as Donnie Osmond, TLC and Wilson Phillips. In the middle of this time the group moved from Geffen to RCA records. After 2 Top 40 hits, the group was dropped by the label and that pretty much signaled the end of the group. Another highlight from 1990 - 1991 was being the on camera organist / co-star for a local OKC kids game show called, "Basal Ball". It was a reading game played like baseball. I provided baseball type music during in-play and entertaining music during commercial breaks.
COMPOSING FOR COMMERCIALS / JINGLES
During down times with PC Quest, I began playing session work for advertising agency in Oklahoma City called Ackerman McQueen. What began as once a week sessions snowballed into several times per week. Eventually they offered me a full time position as a Composer / Music Producer. This enabled me not only to be a musician on commercials, but I also began writing music for the ads. I was able to compose / produce music for such notable companies as Pizza Hut, Thrifty Car Rental, Six Flags, Williams Energy, and Oklahoma Tourism among several others. Besides commercials we also did music for A/V's, Theme music for Corporate Events and one of the highlights of my tenure there was co-composing the music for the Documentary, "Oklahoma" which was shown on TNN and the History Channel. I was the voice over demo guy for the other producers, which eventually got replaced. On occasion, I was kept as the "real deal" voice over. I also assisted with sound design, and live foley work. At the agency, I also got my first glimpse of Pro Tools. At the time it was four tracks. I remember our mouths dropping to the floor when we saw what it could do. I "cut my teeth" on Pro Tools at the agency. We learned by trial and error. There were no schools for it and Youtube didn't even exist yet. This was a very productive / learning time in my life. I learned how to score to pictures and sharpened my composing / musician playing skills greatly. I worked for AM from 1992 - 1999.
ESTABLISHMENT OF BARCLASION MUSIC
After 7+ years in the ad business, I felt it was time to take on a new adventure. So I moved to sunny Florida and started my own music production business called, "Barclasion Music". The intent of my freelance business was to provide a wide variety of music production services at the highest quality while working within budgets. I started out where I left off with the ad agency by doing commercial work for "Golf USA" and "Hobby Lobby". I also ventured into doing background music work for a publisher, "Editor's Choice Music" where they have placed my music in several TV shows and networks including; "America's Most Wanted", "Dateline NBC", "NCIS", MTV's "Sweet 16", NatGeo, ID Channel, Science Channel, and TruTV's "Storage Hunters" and "Impractical Jokers". I also had film placements in the films, "Medium Raw" and "The Prankster". I ventured into album production and have produced 11 albums with a 12th on it's way (Oct 2016). Local theater companies have used my services for production of backing tracks for their musical productions. I have done "Shrek", "Once on This Island", "Little Women", "Little Mermaid" and "Clara's Christmas Dreams". I have done numerous kids projects for "Danc'eM" and educational projects for kids artist, "Mrs. Debbie's Music". A highlight of 2015 was doing music transcription / sheet music-chart writing for the co-star of "Dolphin Tale 2", Cozi Zeuhlsdorff debut album. She did a premier concert in Clearwater, FL where I was a guest of hers (front and center I might add). Barclasion Music also produces backing tracks for her sister company, "RCB Music Library". As of July 2016 there are 200 tracks that have been produced. The main driving force of Barclasion Music is song-writer demos. We have done so many now, it is hard to count them all up.
CHURCH MUSIC DIRECTOR
In the late 1990s I became involved with playing as a side musician at Metro Church in Edmond Oklahoma. Little did I know this was my introduction to something that would become a very important part of my life. Shortly after arriving in Florida, I continued in the side musician role at "Living Water Church" of Tampa. However, soon I found myself in a music director role for the first time at a small start up church in Valrico, FL called, "Outreach Church of God" in 2001. I played piano, lead vocally, and was able to assembled a team of musicians and vocalists at this small church so that no tracks had to be used. We did contemporary praise music of that time and I was also able to do some of my own songs that I began writing for this particular setting. As I grew in my leadership abilities, I was presented the opportunity to become the band/choir director at a mid-sized non-denominational church in Land 'O Lakes called "Heritage Christian Church" from 2003 to 2010. I played piano, sang background vocals, wrote charts and began leading a young band. The music program grew with addition of more musicians and vocalists. We were able to start doing special programs for the Christmas and Easter seasons. Eventually with the downturn of the economy, the church had to make cuts and I was let go. For 10 years I had worked nearly every Sunday, I decided it was time to take some "time off" from working in the church. I spent the next three years visiting various churches and worshiping as a congregant. In March of 2013 Brandon Christian Church was looking for a part-time music director to help lead them into more of a contemporary style of worship. I answered the call and continue to direct their music program to this day. With a little "give and take" BCC worship style is what I call "blended"; a mix of new contemporary, older contemporary and traditional hymns (some of which have been re-arranged in a contemporary style by me). My responsibilities include music selection, rehearsing/directing the band and choir, playing piano and leading vocally for weekly services and special events. BCC's praise band performed at "Box Car City" (an event raising money and awareness for the homeless). I was later told that was the first time any music program had gone outside their own four walls. BCC also stepped out and did an original Christmas musical that I wrote, produced and directed called, "Christmas Through The Ages".
ADJUNCT COLLEGE INSTRUCTOR
In Jan of 2008 I was presented with an opportunity to once again work in the educational arena. I was hired to work as an adjunct instructor for a career college called, The International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa (IADT for short). I initially taught a music history class called "Music Concepts" and a class piano class. The following term I was thrust into teaching a MIDI production class a week before class was to begin when an instructor left abruptly. Eventually I taught Music Theory I and II classes and developed a composition /music production class called "Digi-comp" which was constructed around my experiences as a music producer. I consistently taught there term after term until my last class on Feb 5, 2016. IADT had been bought by Sanford Brown 2 years earlier and announced closure of all 30 colleges throughout the country by 2017. They began a teach-out process and my tenure had run it's course.
I am currently teaching music theory as an online music theory professor for the career college, The LA Film School. I am in my 8th year as music director at Brandon Christian Church. I recently worked as the music director for the musical "Brooklyn" produced by The Spanish Lyric Theater and I continue to stay busy with producing music for clients through my business, Barclasion Music and my music library, RCB Music Library. Stay tuned as the story continues...................