2008 ITEA Lifetime Achievement Awards:

2008 ITEA Lifetime Achievement Awards:
an Koetsier, Toru Miura, James Self, John Stevens, & Robert Tucci

Citation by J. Edward Owen

Composer and conductor Jan Koetsier was born in Amsterdam on August 14, 1911. He studied music at the Stern Conservatory and the Musikhochschule in Berlin. From 1933 until 1942 he held various conducting positions in Lübeck, Berlin, and The Hague. He returned to The Netherlands in 1942 when Willem Mengelberg invited him to become second conductor of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In 1950, he accepted a position as conductor of the newly established Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra where he compiled an extensive catalog of recordings. According to Gerhard Haffner, Koetsier “never felt like a ruler in command, for he had too great a respect for the contribution of others. His recordings always resulted from a communal effort between him and the orchestra on the basis of mutual understanding in the service of the composition.” From 1966 until his retirement in 1976, Koetsier was Professor of Conducting at the Musikhochschule in Munich where he developed a well-respected conducting curriculum. For more than a quarter of a century after retirement he devoted himself entirely to composition. He died in Munich on April 28, 2006.


In 1993, Koetsier endowed a foundation at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich in order to raise the international profile of brass chamber music. This led to the establishment of the International Jan Koetsier Competition for Brass Chamber Music. In 1994, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the highest tribute given to individuals for services to the nation.

Over the course of his extraordinary career, Koetsier composed well over one hundred chamber works for brass instruments, many of which feature the tuba in a prominent role. These compositions raised the artistic level of the repertoire and, as a result, that of musicians around the world. He can rightly be considered one of the founders of brass chamber music. His music is known for its lyrical melodies, conservative but colorful harmonies, vibrant rhythms, and most notably, an imaginative combination of sophistication and humor.

It is the music of a man who genuinely enjoyed life. According to numerous accounts, Jan Koetsier was a modest man and did not seek public recognition of his accomplishments. However, his inspirational career and significant contributions to brass chamber music, specifically the tuba repertoire, are impossible to ignore. Therefore, the International Tuba and Euphonium Association is pleased to offer Jan Koetsier its highest distinction, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Citation by Brian Bowman


Perhaps no musician has had such a profound effect on the musical society of a nation than has Toru Miura in Japan. He is the consummate artist in all his roles including euphonium soloist, teacher, mentor, director, impresario, innovator, translator, conductor, administrator, instrument company representative, recording artist, and author.

As a performer, he was solo euphoniumist with the internationally famous Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra from 1978 to 2007. During that time he appeared in hundreds of concerts not only in Japan but also around the world and performed in more than 100 TKWO recordings. During this time he also served as translator and special coordinator with their distinguished conductor, Dr. Frederick Fennell.

He has been the euphonium coordinator, International Vice-President and International Board Member of the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association (now International Tuba Euphonium Association) and was a guest artist in six International Tuba Euphonium Conferences and two International Brass Congresses. Toru Miura was a founding member of the Japan Euphonium Tuba Association (JETA) and was instrumental in the formation and leadership of that organization.

His strongest influence has been felt among the euphonium community in Japan. Upon his return from study in the United States, where he studied at the University of Southern Mississippi under Raymond G. Young and then at the Eastman School studying euphonium with Cherry Beauregard and performing in the famed Eastman Wind Ensemble under Donald Hunsberger, he began spreading his knowledge and experience to many young players. He taught at many schools of music, including the Shobi Acadamy, Soai University, the Toho Gakuen College, and, most notably, the Kunitachi College of Music where his students began to excel under his mentoring. He was instrumental in bringing guest artists on both tuba and euphonium to Japan. He was a founder of the Tokyo Barituba Ensemble and later the Euphonium Company, always striving to find more performance opportunities for his students and colleagues. He developed a euphonium camp held at his “Euphonium Lodge” where he sponsored many Japanese and international Euphonium artists teaching and performing. He has released solo and instructional recordings, method books, and volumes of solo materials. He has commissioned many works for euphonium and euphonium-tuba ensemble. He has contributed many articles in all of the professional music magazines journals in Japan. He has been a wonderful representative for the Besson euphonium and continues to work to improve instruments.

The vast majority of all the professional euphonium performers and teachers in Japan are students of Toru Miura. His influence has been and continues to be the “role model” for all Japanese euphoniumists and musicians. He is highly respected in all of Japan and beyond.

He is currently Professor of Euphonium and Wind Orchestras at the Kunitachi School of Music.

The mantra of Toru Miura’s life can be summed up simply in two words: “for others.” Throughout his life he has worked tirelessly to serve not only the euphonium community, which he has done marvelously, but also to serve all with whom he comes in contact.

Truly, Toru Miura can be called the “Father of the Japan Euphonium World.”

It is with the greatest pleasure that the Executive Committee of ITEA presents to Toru Miura our organizations highest award, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Citation by R. Winston Morris


Jim Self is a Los Angeles free-lance musician. Since l974 he has worked for all the major Hollywood studios performing for over 1400 motion pictures and hundreds of television shows and records. His solos in major films include John William’s scores to Jurassic Park, Home Alone I and II, Hook, and was the “Voice of the Mothership” from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Other solos can be heard in James Horner’s Casper and Batteries Not Included, Marc Shaiman’s Sleepless in Seattle and in Jerry Goldsmith’s score to Dennis the Menace. Recent films include Spiderwick Cronicles, I am Legend, Wall-E, Troy, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, Robots, Lemony Snicket, The Legend of Zorro, War of the Worlds, King Kong, The Happening, Horton Hears a Who, and Indiana Jones 4.

Cassandra Wilson, Claus Ogerman, Mel Torme, Leon Redbone, Maynard Ferguson, Randy Newman, Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Don Ellis, the L.A. Philharmonic, L.A. Opera, Pasadena and Pacific Symphonies, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra are among the many artists and groups with whom he has recorded. He holds principal tuba positions with the Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and principal tuba/cimbasso in the Los Angeles Opera and Opera Pacific orchestras.

Self was three times voted the Most Valuable Player Award for Tuba by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and named Emeritus winner in l987. Jim was the string bass and tuba player with Jon Hendricks in his long running L.A. production of “Evolution of the Blues.” In l983 he produced his first album—Children at Play. It features jazz tuba and harmonica and has received worldwide acclaim. It was chosen by High Fidelity magazine as one of the top ten jazz albums of that year. A second recording, New Stuff (fusion jazz), was released in l988 on compact disc. Both are on the Discovery-Trend label. His third recording, Tricky Lix, was released in 1990 on the Concord Jazz label featuring jazz greats Gary Foster and Warren Luening. In 1992 an all “classical” CD. Changing Colors came out on the Summit label. A jazz CD, The Basset Hound Blues with Pete Christlieb, was released on d’Note Records in 1997. In 1999 a second “classical” recording, The Big Stretch, came out on Basset Hound Records. It features original compositions by Jim and others. That was followed by a CD of folksongs entitled My America with arrangements of American songs by Kim Scharnberg. Jim is assisted by a great band of L.A. studio musicians and plays his new horn—the FLUBA. Then Jim recorded a be-bop CD called Size Matters with great Tennessee tenor man, Bill Scarlett. Just released is a jazz and strings CD featuring Gary Foster, Pete Christlieb and Dan Higgins. It’s titled InnerPlay. Returning to his roots, Jim and harmonica virtuoso, Ron Kalina just released a new be-bop CD called The Odd Couple. All of Jim Self’s recordings and compositions are available from www.bassethoundmusic.com.

Jim is a past president of I.T.E.A, was on the faculty of the University of Tennessee, and is a former member of The United States Army Band, Washington, D.C. Born in 1943 in Franklin, Pennsylvania, (raised in nearby Oil City), he holds degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Catholic University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California where he is Adjunct Professor of tuba and chamber music. In the summers he teaches students at the Music Academy of the West Henry and (formerly) at the Mancini Institute and the Hamamatsu Wind Festival and Academy in Japan. His primary tuba teachers were William Becker, Harvey Phillips, and Tommy Johnson. Jim has also been the leader of TubaChristmas in Los Angeles since its beginning in 1976. In March 2003 Jim was given a Distinguished Alumni Award by Indiana University of Pennsylvania—a university wide honor only given to 290 of the more than 100,000 graduates.

Besides his work as a tubist, Self maintains an active doubling career performing on bass trombone, cimbasso, contra-bass trombone, and (rarely now) string and electric basses and the Steiner EVI (electronic valve instrument). His latest new instrument is the FLUBA—an original design (picture a tuba-sized flugel horn). It is very unique and is a great solo instrument. Jim is the author of the chapter, “Doubling for Tubists,” in the Tuba Source Book. His hobby is flying his 1973 Piper Arrow for fun and sometimes to gigs.

Jim Self is also a published composer and arranger. He has about 35 titles for brass, string, and woodwind chamber music, works for band, orchestra solo tuba, and trombone. The Pacific Symphony recently commissioned him to write a feature work for the orchestra called Tour de Force. The 13-minute piece was premiered at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Hall in Orange County, April 17–20, 2008.

As a solo artist Self performs regularly worldwide. His concerts and clinics present an interesting blend of classical and jazz music and represent a wide spectrum of his many experiences as a performer, composer and teacher.

The International Tuba and Euphonium Association is pleased to offer Jim Self its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Citation by Jerry Young


Throughout his career, John Stevens has been a “man for all seasons” in the euphonium and tuba community as a teacher, performing artist, composer, and administrator.

For more than thirty years, John Stevens’ original compositions and arrangements have enriched the musical lives of student, amateur, and professional euphonium and tuba players, as well as those of other instrumental musicians, around the globe. His work is as omnipresent on low brass chamber ensemble programs today as are Haydn’s chamber works on string quartet recitals. Beginning with the performance of Music 4 Tubas on the ground breaking record album Tubby’s Revenge by the New York Tuba Quartet in 1976 up through Sotto Voce’s recent Viva Voce album featuring solely works by John Stevens, his compositions or arrangements have been included on close to 50 recordings in a variety of musical media.

While John Stevens has produced many wonderful arrangements of existing musical literature especially for his students at the University of Miami and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and, by extension, for the educational benefit of students everywhere, the vast majority of his original compositions have been produced for friends and colleagues. The depth of expression found in such works resulting from those personal relationships lends a special quality to them. A few of those works are his Adagio (in memory of his teacher, Rayburn Wright), Salve Venere, Salve Marte (for Roger Bobo), Journey (commissioned by the Chicago Symphony for Gene Pokorny), and the Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra (commissioned by DEG and Willson for Brian Bowman). His works, written with so much feeling for these and so many other individuals, have accomplished the goal of all great art works—they touch the humanity within each of us.

In addition to his work as a composer, which is not part of his job description but is a necessary part of his very soul, John is among the world’s leading tuba and euphonium pedagogues, tuba solo performing artists, and chamber musicians. His artistry and teaching, like his compositions, have influenced the profession internationally. His administrative work at UW-Madison during his term as Director of the School of Music and as Publications Coordinator for ITEA made a significant difference in service to others. His devotion to his wife, Meg, whose unfailing support has been integral to his artistic success on all fronts, and to his two daughters, Katie and Abby, is exemplary. He has defined friendship in his personal and professional relationships throughout his career.

Today we honor his achievements and contributions—enough to fill an ordinary lifetime, but knowing that we can anticipate more accomplishments in coming years.

Citation by Dan Perantoni


Robert Tucci is a native of western Pennsylvania. He grew up in a musical family and benefited from early musical training in the local public school system. In 1955 he began private study with Harold McDonald, tubist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and joined the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.

From 1958–60 Mr. Tucci attended the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, studied with Arnold Jacobs and became a member of the Chicago Civic Symphony.

By virtue of a recommendation by Mr. Jacobs, Mr. Tucci became a member of the Louisville Orchestra in 1960. Academic studies continued at the University of Louisville where he received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education in 1962.

In 1962 Mr. Tucci took part in the Jackson Hole Fine Arts Festival before relocating to Vienna, Austria. He enrolled at the Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst where an honors degree was awarded in 1965. Mr. Tucci quickly established himself as an orchestral musician, joining first the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and, later, the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic.

In 1966 Mr. Tucci joined the United States Army Field Band where he served until 1969. During 1969–70 he played for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1970 Mr. Tucci returned to Europe, accepted a position with the orchestra of the State Theatre in Kassel before becoming a member of the orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera in 1972.

Mr. Tucci has performed with most major orchestras in the German speaking countries. These include the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Orchestra of Baden Württemberg, and the Symphony Orchestra of the South German Radio in Stuttgart, the orchestras in Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Augsburg, Ulm, Regensburg, Innsbruck, Zurich, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, the Orchestra of the Arena di Verona, and at La Scala in Milan.

Mr. Tucci was instructor of tuba at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich from 1974–83 and has held the same position at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart. He has appeared as a soloist and clinician in the United States, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, and Japan. In 1998 he performed with Summit Brass on their first European tour and at the Raphael Mendez Brass Institute in Cincinnati.

In 1970 Mr. Tucci began a cooperative effort with Custom Music Company of Ferndale, Michigan, to work with European manufacturers of brasswind instruments, mouthpieces and accessories. Since that time these products have established themselves with musicians worldwide.

Aside from musical responsibilities as a member of the Bavarian State Opera, Mr. Tucci operates a business and studio in Munich, dedicated to the interests of euphonium and tuba players.

As owner and proprietor of the Horn and Tuba Center, Robert Tucci has striven to offer the finest in professional brass musical instruments. Mr. Tucci’s extensive playing experience helps to ensure you are matched with the proper instrument.