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The Creative Processes of Music Composition: About The Composers

Harold A. Blanchard - Composer/ Pianist/ Teacher


Background Music: "In Search Of"
Performed by Harold A. Blanchard
Composed by: Harold A. Blanchard


Harold A. Blanchard has achieved considerable prominence in Central Florida as a jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. His compositions have been performed by outstanding jazz artists such as Chick Corea, Ron Carter and Bob James, to name just a few.

He was born in New York City to parents who were musicians. His father played saxophone and clarinet with several big bands during the late 1930's and 1940's, including Cab Calloway and Ershine Hawkins. Harold received his early training in piano from his father beginning at age 6, the same year he debuted performing Chopin. At age 7 he began a 10-year study with Julliard School graduate Edwin Coates, and later, while studying at the Julliard School of Music, continued such training with famed American pianist Jacques Abram. Harold's first solo recital was performed when he was 14 years old, and his first New York recital occurred a year later.

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Maurice Patrick Byers - Composer/Pianist/Author/Teacher



Maurice Patrick Byers began music as an aspiring concert pianist studying with Olegna Fuschi. As a 16 year old, Miss Fuschi took him to the Chigiana in Sienna, Italy where he played Liszt's B minor sonata and Robert Ward's "Lamentation".

He subsequently changed to studies in composition with Louis Mennini and Robert Ward at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). Patrick is a graduate of the high school division of UNCSA. He also earned his Bachelor degree in composition from UNCSA. He continued his studies with Karel Husa, and orchestration with Sir Leo Arnaud, with whom their collaboration on the documentary "Amazon!" resulted in an invitation to the Royal Geographic Society, London for a presentation of the film and music. The film aired on The Discovery Channel in the US, the first film score to utilize a Peruvian samponia, used thereafter in other film scores and commercials by other composers.

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Larry Brian Binns - Composer/ Publisher/ Manager



Larry Brian Binns attended the prestigious arts conservatory the University of North Carolina School of Arts (UNCSA), one of the 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina. He graduated from the high school division and attended the college division at UNCSA as a composition major and student of the dean of the school of music, composer Dr. Louis Mennini (HS) and Pulitzer Prize composer, Dr. Robert Ward, Chancellor of the school at the time (College).

While attending UNCSA he also participated in master classes with classical/jazz composer/pianist John Lewis (Modern Jazz Quartet) and later while studying briefly at Hampton University attended master classes with famed trumpeter, Freddie Hubbard.

Larry is also a graduate of Indiana University's Jacob's School of Music at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Masters of Science in Music Technology (MSMT); Strayer University, Associate degree in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (AACS, BSBA).

At present, he is attending part-time Berklee College of Music where he is completing his Master Certificate in Arranging and Music Business. Larry is also a 2nd year full-time doctoral student attending Walden University where he is pursuing a PhD in Education with a specialization in Music Technology. He is being mentored by the esteemed music educator/author Dr. Estelle Jorgensen, professor of music at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.

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