usic has always been part of my life. I remember singing a duet for a First Grade program. My mother was a musician. My sister was a concert pianist. In High School I took every music class available. I began my college career at BYU by joining the band. World War II changed my course for a few years. I played in the midshipman band while training for four months at Columbia University. After the war I went back to college and finished my junior year in Civil Engineering. Something made me decide that I needed to be involved in music as my lifetime work. I went back to BYU and started over. I received a BA degree in 1953 and a MA in 1957.
My teaching career has been in the Elementary, Junior High and High School, mostly in the instrumental area. As a band director I wrote dozens of arrangements for halftime performances at football games. I have created special arrangements for church and community functions. I was the director and also arranged music for the Silver Creek Symphony.
My first hymn arrangement for piano was "O Home Beloved". It had been in my mind for several years before I put it on paper, even before I pursued a music degree.
The first and last four measures for "Love at Home" were written as part of a compositions called the "Family Circle" in which I composed a song for my wife and each of my children. It was completed when our 20-month-old son died and I wrote the rest for his funeral.
I started directing the Jennings Band in 1953. I have been gone from Taylor six of the ensuing years so in 2009 I will complete 50 years of directing and arranging music for the band which plays every year during Taylor's 4th of July Celebration.
I directed the Pitt Brass band in Nauvoo, Illinois for 20 months and arranged most of the music we played.
Most of the rest of my arrangements were written at the request of my daughter Gayle Bryce, who is an accomplished musician. She played and recorded my arrangements for your listening pleasure.
Pianists have asked for copies of my arrangements. I decided to make them available at no cost with the hope that you will feel the emotion in playing that I have in arranging.