Joseph T. Spaniola was commissioned by the Missouri Association for Jazz Education’s Leon Bradley Memorial Grant to write a special arrangement for Trombone Quintet as an 80th Anniversary Tribute to Leon Bradley. Bradley toured with the Woody Herman and Stan Kenton Big Bands, and taught at Minot State University and the College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, Missouri). The tribute, titled “Here’s Leon’s Rainy Day,” was recorded by Leon’s son, trombonist Karl Bradley and is posted on the “Leon Bradley Memorial Grant” Facebook page.

Music by Joseph T. Spaniola was presented by the Oklahoma State University Horn Ensemble, Lanette Compton, Director, (Stillwater, OK) at the 2018 International Horn Symposium in early August. The symposium, presented by the International Horn Society, was held at Ball State University (Muncie, IN). The annual symposium draws leading French Horn performers, teachers, students, exhibitors and enthusiasts from all over the world.

Joseph T. Spaniola’s composition, DANCESCAPES (Solo Trombone and Wind Ensemble) received a Silver Medal from the Global Music Awards in the Classical and Composition/Composer categories. This composition was commissioned by Paul Compton (Trombone), Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK) This is the fourth Spaniola composition to receive a Global Music medal in the last 2 years. Global Music Awards is “a top-tier music competition that honors talented musicians around the world. It is a showcase for musical gems and unique voices.”