Rhythm and Beans came from an idea Mike had with his obsession, coffee. Our friends always expect me so say music, you know since that's Mike's day job. Nope, it came out of his obsession with coffee and where he was going to get his next cup from. As the conversation grew that fateful day when it was just "Beans" or "Coffee Beans" or any other java joe names you can think of Mike started thinking about how he wanted to incorporate music into his post teaching career, and that folks is where we get the rhythm.
Over the last ten years Rhythm and Beans has been on every piece of copyrighted music that Mike has produced. Every score that has made it to the publication page has been published through Rhythm and Beans. Then on fateful day, by sheer luck and love I might add, Mike's first big break came from Samford University. Dr. Grant Dalton (when he was still just GBD) called to say he needed some assistance and Mike's first full time writing gig was born. Samford needed some drum parts, and we needed the cash, so born officially in the summer of 2003 was Rhythm and Beans Publishing. Mike had the name for over a year and I needed something to call the new bank account (What? I'm the practical one). So, our business was born and since then Samford has helped so supply our steady summer income. From Samford, Mike had the opportunity to write for Oklahoma State University, and Texas Tech . Mike has also had the pleasure of producing some pieces for Cullman High School, Haleyville High School, Leeds High School, Beulah High School, Bixby High School, Moody High School, Benjamin Russell High School, and Parrish High School, just to name a few.
Like all music majors Mike learned about arranging and writing when he was in undergraduate and graduate school, but for him it is a passion. My favorite moment was when the Oklahoma State University Percussion Ensemble played an original piece that Mike composed on a whim. Most composition majors have this as a claim to fame as well, but, I know he's my husband and I'm biased, but his work is pretty amazing.
So this is how the arranging and publishing side of the business was born. Mike following his passion of drumming and writing everyday. There are very few nights that I don't find him behind a set of headphones strumming out something on the keyboard, all for the name of music education and artistry.