• Posted on March 18, 2019 2:47 am

    The University of Minnesota Saxophone Quartet premiered my piece, Sax Transcends for Saxophone Quartet & Narrator, on March 16th, 2019, to an audience of saxophone enthusiasts. The event was the North American Saxophone Alliance's Regional Conference. Region 3 includes ND, SD, NE, MN, IA members. A great many colleges, professional and educator saxophonists convened in the music building at the U of M in Minneapolis for the weekend event. Sax Transcends for Saxophone Quartet & Narrator tells the life story of Adolf Sax, the inventor of saxophones as well as the modern bass clarinet and a family of brass instruments called "Saxhorns," which evolved into today's Flugelhorn.

  • Posted on January 1, 2019 4:45 am

    Thanks to a generous grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, thanks to funds provided by the McKnight Foundation, a YouTube competition of my music compositions has been launched for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North & South Dakota college and university students. Please check out this video explaining the competition

  • Posted on October 12, 2018 3:27 am

    Our CloudWinds Trio is excited to play a part in the upcoming special services celebrating baptism taking place at Celebration Lutheran Church, 1500 Pine Cone Rd N, Sartell, MN 56377. We are honored to be a part of the 8:30 am and the 10:30 am services on January 13th, 2019. Our involvement begins 8 minutes prior to each service and we play throughout most of the service. We look forward to meeting members of the congregation as we do our part to contribute to the worship service. We appreciate the opportunity extended to us by the Celebration Lutheran Church Director of Worship & Music Ministries, Jennifer Ambrosier.  

  • Posted on October 1, 2018 1:40 am

    Late this summer, our The CloudWinds Trio performed for an outdoor wedding just north of St Cloud, MN. The setting was beautiful. It took place in the yard, underneath large pine trees at a residence along the Mississippi River. Using our usual instrumentation of flute, clarinet, and bassoon, we played relaxing pieces by composers Kummer and Bozza as prelude music. For the wedding ceremony, we played an arrangement that I made of the Lana Del Ray version of "Once Upon a Dream." Right after the ceremony, we played a variety of pieces with me switching from bassoon to tenor saxophone. Later that evening, Al joined the Jazz band from Minneapolis on tenor saxophone. Tom and I sat in for one piece each with Tom on clarinet and me on alto saxophone. We had a great deal of fun and look forward to playing for more weddings! Best, Richard Chandler        

  • Posted on June 5, 2018 2:34 am

    I am very excited to have finished writing a new 12-minute work called "Sax Transcends for Saxophone Quartet and Narrator." It is like the ghost of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, returns from the dead to tell his life story, which is interspersed with the music. And a colorful life it was! Intrigue, betrayal and an assassination attempt by rival instrument manufacturers!