A-Scene Awards, Atlanta Pops Tours, and Mountain Overture

The A-Scene Awards on 11Alive, presenting the award for Best Soundtrack from a movie or TV show filmed in Georgia. Photo by Melissa Sanders for Tadpole Communications.

Yesterday I had the honor of representing the Atlanta Pops Orchestra on Atlanta NBC affiliate 11Alive’s “A-Scene Awards” show, highlighting Georgia’s contributions to the film and entertainment industry. I presented the award for “Best Soundtrack” from a movie or TV show filmed in Georgia, which went to “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The entire show can be viewed here.

Earlier this year I traveled with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra and special guest Chloë Agnew (Celtic Woman) to perform in theaters in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina and Alabama. I also recorded drums on the Atlanta Pop Orchestra Ensemble’s collaborative album with Balsam Range, which was released on the day we performed with them at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC. The album reached #5 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart when it was released and #6 on the Billboard Classical Chart the following week. Finally, I began my year-long term this fall as Vice President of the Atlanta Chapter of The Recording Academy, after serving on the Board of Governors for four years.