by Kenyon Wilson, Conference Host
2011 ITEA Southeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference Summary
The 2011 Southeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference was held on March 10–12 at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The conference was a great success with 365 registered participants representing twenty-four states.
We were pleased to host performances from artists throughout the Southeast, including Michael Andrew, Dennis AsKew, Stacy Baker, Christopher Blaha, David Brown, John Caputo, Martin Cochran, Marc Dickman, Adam Frey, Sean Greene, Will Houchin, Jay Hunsberger, Brandon Jones, Tom McCaslin, Andrew Miller, Jacqueline Miller, John Mueller, Tim Olt, George Palton, Robert Pendergast, Richard Perry, Patrick Rettger, Gail Robertson, Kevin Sanders, Cale Self, Kevin Stees, Demondrae Thurman, Chris Vivio, Kenyon Wilson, and David Zerkel.
John Mueller, Adam Frey, Gail Robinson, Demondrae Thurman with the Georgia Brass Band
The Thursday evening concert featured Dennis Askew, Brandon Jones, Jacqueline Miller, and Robert Pendergast performing with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Symphonic Band. The U. S. Army Ground Forces Band was the featured ensemble Friday night. Their soloists included Tom McCaslin, Demondrae Thurman, and SFC David T. Brown, principal tubist with the U. S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”. Saturday’s final concert was the Georgia Brass Band with euphoniumists Adam Frey, John Mueller, Gail Robertson, Demondrae Thurman, John Caputo, and Martin Cochran.
Numerous chamber ensembles performed at the conference, including not only university groups, but high school and community ensembles as well. A special thank you to Atticus Hensley, director of the Tullahoma High School Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble and David Silden, director of the Charlotte Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble for being a part of SERTEC. Universities represented include Appalachian State University, Arkansas State University, Austin Peay State University, Jacksonville State University, Miami University, Tennessee Technological University, University of Alabama, University of Georgia, University of Memphis, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of South Florida, University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Austin Peay State University
SERTEC After Dark, held at the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo, featured light music by Tuba Schmuba!, Rendezvous Groove, and late-night jazz with Marc Dickman, Gail Robertson, and Richard Perry.
Young Artist Tuba Winner John Paul Powers with conference host Kenyon Wilson
Several new compositions were premiered, including works by Joe Alexander, Sy Brandon, David Brubeck, Kenyon Wilson, and Nagy Zsolt. Sy Brandon and David Brubeck each presented lecture/demonstrations about composing. John Mueller, Ed Owen, and David Loucky also presented masterclasses.
I would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support: Just for Brass, Willson Instruments, Lee Stofer Music, Dillon Music, The Tuba Exchange, Ion Balu Mutes, Euphonium.com, Eastman Brass, Brass Instrument Workshop, Besson Instruments, Co-op Press, U. S. Army Recruiting, the Chattanooga Symphony, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Editor’s note: Please see this issue’s Programs listing for a complete program listing for the conference.
John Caputo with the Georgia Brass Band
Mock Audition Winners Alex Avila, Matthew Shipes, Andrew Rivenbark
Congratulations to the SERTEC Competition Winners
1st – Kyohei Ando
2nd – Jason Casanova
1st – Andrew Rivenbark
2nd – Justin Stowe
Young Artist Euphonium
1st – Amanda Werlein
Young Artist Tuba
1st – John Paul Powers
Mock Band Euphonium
1st – Matthew Shipes
2nd – Alex Avila
Mock Band Tuba
1st – Aaron Yong
2nd – Matt Hightower
1st – Andrew Rivenbark
2nd – Nimrod Ron
3rd – Aaron Yong
1st – University of Alabama Quartet
2nd – Mad Town Low Down (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Martin Cochran with the Georgia Brass Band
Solo Competition Winners Jason Casanova, Kyohei Ando, Justin Stowe, Andrew Rivenbark
Quartet Competition Winners Mad Town Low Down (UW-M), University of Alabama
Composer Sy Brandon