About Us

Timberline Music Company is a publisher of the highest quality jazz band, concert band, and choral music! 

 

ABOUT MARTIN BEHNKE

FOUNDER/COMPOSER/ARRANGER/CLINICIAN

Following several years of teaching music in the California public schools and in colleges and universities in four other states, Martin Behnke came to Willamette University in 1979 as Director of University Bands, later serving as Chairman of the Department of Music as well. In addition to his teaching background and 12 years as a professional trombonist, Dr. Behnke has maintained involvement throughout his career as a jazz pianist and composer. In 1985 he received an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship to study composition with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Norman Dello Joio, and in 1999, an Oregon Council for the Humanities Research Grant to present the life and music of Duke Ellington for the Smithsonian traveling exhibit "Beyond Category." He has performed with Ray Brown, Herbie Mann, Benny Golson, Bill Watrous, Clairdee, and Ken Peplowsky, among others. He is an elected member of the Northwest Bandmasters Association. Dr. Behnke has received numerous commissions for his instrumental and choral compositions, and his music has been published by Alfred Music, University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press, and his own Timberline Music Company. Following his retirement from Willamette University in 2005, Dr. Behnke relocated to Southern Oregon, where for seven more years he directed the jazz ensembles and taught applied jazz piano and improvisation at Southern Oregon University. He continues a full schedule as a composer, adjudicator, guest conductor, and jazz pianist.

 

ABOUT KIRBY SHAW

COMPOSER/ARRANGER

KIRBY SHAW has made a major impact in choral music education and has shared his musical expertise in 45 states, Canada, Australia, the Bahamas, China, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland, Latvia, and the Philippines. Kirby has degrees in Music Education and Choral Composition from San Jose State University and a DMA degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington. Dr. Shaw’s teaching is infused with a sense of humor and breadth of knowledge that is transmitted in an exciting and highly contagious manner.Kirby taught in the Mt. Shasta public schools before joining the faculty at College of the Siskiyous in California where he founded and directed the innovative and highly acclaimed COS Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He also pioneered similar groups at Colorado State University and The University of Missouri - Kansas City and is now directing the Jefferson State Choral Coalition at Southern Oregon University.Kirby has scatted one-on-one with such notables as Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Jon Hendricks (who once told Kirby . . . “Man, you don’t make mistakes!”), Mark Murphy, Greta Matassa, and Chris Calloway.- Bio (PDF)- 300 x 375- 600 x 750- 1200 x 1500He has overseen the creation of hundreds of educational recordings, five college and university albums and two solo CDs.Kirby is a member of Just 4 Kicks, a zany 4-man a cappella vocal ensemble specializing in Jazz.A composer/arranger with nearly 3000 choral compositions/arrangements in print, Kirby’s music is sung around the world and has sold over 20 million copies. He has many commissioned pieces to his credit, including one for The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This creative and prolific output has resulted in numerous ASCAP awards. Kirby and his wife, Markita have written an original musical based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol entitled SCROOGICAL, soon to be presented at a quality theater near you!Kirby, Markita, and their foofy-Newfie/border collie mix, Tux, live in a forest high above Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley.

 

ABOUT OUR CONCERT BAND COMPOSITIONS.

Timberline Music Company’s Concert Band compositions, transcriptions, and settings are each as unique and musical as they are thoughtful and carefully crafted. Well edited full score and parts are produced with an eye toward clear and easy reading with no hassle rehearsals and performance. With each title, the goal has been to produce music of the highest quality, always with practical issues of playability well in mind. Significantly, great care has been taken to produce the written music using the highest standards of music notation and thought to the details of paper color and weight for both score and parts. As always, careful preparation of this music will yield performances that are satisfying to your players and your audiences.

 

ABOUT OUR JAZZ ENSEMBLE COMPOSITIONS

Timberline Music Company’s Jazz Ensemble compositions and arrangements are unique and, thoughtfully crafted to be both playable and musically satisfying. They reflect the background of our composers, combining well edited full score and parts produced on Finale with an eye toward clear and easy reading, and no hassle rehearsals and performance. Piano and bass parts have both chord changes and suggested written notation for players of various skill levels. Most charts are flexible in the use of solo space, with accessible changes, and all charts are written for 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, and 4 trombones, with piano, guitar, bass, and drums in the rhythm section. Check out these charts - you won't be sorry!

 

ABOUT OUR CHORAL COMPOSITIONS

TMC’s library of Jazz and Concert Choir compositions, though small to start, are in a class by themselves, and will steadily grow as we expand all of our libraries.  Our octavos are all regulation (6.75"x10.5") size printed on the best paper we could find!  All of our choral titles have been written to be performed in a variety of settings so we offer several options including accompaniment CDs and Instrumental Parts.  Whether you have top-notch professional musicians or beginners, you will have a great time with all of TMC Choral Compositions!