Conference Corner John Griffiths, Host, ITEC 2000
“Marianne, order another 30 ITEC watches from the supplier. This event is going to be a blockbuster and we may have to limit registration and…” Oh excuse me. You’ve caught me in “mid-plan” (or really “final plan”) for ITEC 2000. It is shaping up to be a truly outstanding show! If you haven’t registered yet, we urge you to do so immediately. Need info? Contact Brent Longstaff or John Griffiths at our numbers (see the logo in this Conference Comer or the ITEC ad in the front of this issue of the Journal) or check out the website.
I want to start off by sincerely thanking the many sponsors who are helping us put together what we believe will be the best ITEC ever. As anyone who has ever organized a major event like ITEC 2000 will tell you, it absolutely cannot be done without the sponsors!! We can’t offer a parallel with the spectacular mountains of Italy except to say that the prairies offer,um… a stark contrast. We also can’t offer the cosmopolitan atmosphere of a Minneapolis or a Chicago. We feel we CAN offer the best ITEC ever in terms of the variety of performers and workshops, the dazzling evening concerts and jam sessions, the displays…
When you’re watching a football game, you sometimes go for a beer or a coke in the commercial break. PLEASE READ THIS NEXT SECTION. We all owe these people a considerable debt of gratitude. I want to thank the Yamaha Corporation and Yamaha Canada for sponsoring Roger Bobo, Jim Self, Marc Dickman, James Shearer, Shoichiro Hokazono and Canadian Brass. They’re also providing us with a euphonium, a tuba and 4 Silent Brass for the prize pool. I want to acknowledge the great generosity of Gerhard Meinl and Bfi?S, Courtois, Meinl’Weston and Melton for sponsoring Jon Sass, Sam Pilafian, Steve Rosse, and Harri Lidsle. Those companies are also providing an instrument to the prize pool. I want to thank Boosey and Hawkes for sponsoring Pat Sheridan, Steven Mead, Steven Sykes and “Traveling by Tuba” as well as for providing a Sovereign euphonium for the prize pool. Great stuff! The Mirafone Corporation is providing an instrument to the pool and sponsoring the Mirafone Tuba Quartet. Willson is sponsoring Brian Bowman, Neal Corwell, Matt Tropman and Roger Behrend as well as contributing $500 to the prize pool. Thank you. The Brasswind is providing $1000 for the pool (thank you Charlie Krause). Dillon Music is sponsoring Kelly O’Bryant and Nate Griffith is providing one of his great mutes for the prize pool.
From Tuesday to Friday you will be able to see the great products of these companies and others and sample some great horns and accessories. Yummy, yummy, yummy!
Here in Saskatchewan, we would like to offer our sincere thanks to SaskEnergy for sponsoring our opening concert, SaskTel for sponsoring the Jazz Night (Wednesday). Thanks to Greystone Capital Management for their support of our Saskatchewan Workshops, which will leave a legacy in this Province, and to IPSCO for their generous support of ITEC 2000.
The majority of people attending ITEC 2000 will NOT be competing for prizes (if you are, please also read the short section on competitions). You’ll be coming to see leading edge performances, the latest developments in instruments, great workshops… If I was given this whole edition of the Journal, I could tell you in detail about everything that will go on at ITEC 2000. Let me try in this limited forum.
The evening of Tuesday May 30th at the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts will feature Roger Bobo conducting the Regina Symphony Orchestra and accompanying euphonium virtuoso Steven Mead premiering a new concerto by Vladimir Cosma, Fritz Kaenzig and Mark Fisher combining their considerable talents to premiere David Owens’ Double Concerto for Euphonium and Tuba, Velvet Brown playing Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Tuba, James Shearer premiering Samuel Holloman’s Concerto for Tuba and myself premiering the orchestral version of Elizabeth Raum’s Pershing Concerto. That’s four world premieres on the first night alone! Wednesday evening will be the big Jazz Night featuring Sam Pilafian, Howard Johnson, Jon Sass and Jim Self on tuba with Marc Dickman and Tom Ashworth on euphonium. These guys will be backed up by a great rhythm section: Kansas’s Frank Mantooth on piano and Bob Bowman on bass with Ted Warren of “Boss Brass” on drumset and sound by Gould Vibrations.
Thursday will find Symphonia directed by Winston Morris on stage at the new University Theatre. You’ve NEVER heard Symphonia?! ?! It’s worth the registration fee alone (as are lots of other acts). Among their other great arrangements and originals, they’ll be premiering a new work by Elizabeth Raum commissioned by the Saskatchewan Arts Board for the occasion. We are pleased to announce that on Friday the Canadian Brass will be at the University Theatre. Chuck Dallenbach will give a workshop on Friday afternoon with the Brass as a “lab”. Saturday night will have the Band of the First Canadian Air Division with euphonium soloists Neal Corwell (premiere) and Shoichiro Hokazono and tubists Alan Baer, Pat Sheridan and Steve Sykes.
Geez, even if you shop all day and enjoy cheap Canadian prices (our dollar’s low) you’d still get more in the evenings than your registration fee’s worth. But DON’T!!
During the Day:
It all starts well before the first evening concert. The registration desk will open at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, May 30th. We’ll have an official welcome at 1:30 and then the fun begins. We’ve got kind of a north/ south thing going. The O’Bryant/Askew duo kick things off (Carolina Morning anyone?) at the same time as Albertasaurus (quartet from Alberta, Canada) and Demondrae Thurmon euphoniumist, from Alabama. That same afternoon we’ve got Norwegian tuba sensation Oystein Baadsvik, British tuba virtuoso Steve Sykes, Danny Vinson of the U.S. Coast Guard Band, Tom Stein, The U.S. Navy Band quartet, and a beginning improv class with Brad Felt. Low-Blowers (totally non-competitive for-interest group of fiin folks like youjoin us!) begin rehearsals for a Friday concert before Canadian Brass.
Wow! All this stuff is going to tire you out so we’re providing (thanks to the Saskatchewan Band Association and Greystone) a FREE barbecue outside the University Centre (we guarantee great weather!). From there we will all trek (it’s only a five to ten minute walk) to the Sask. Centre of the Arts for the abovementioned orchestra concert. Parking is also easy if you want to drive. We will probably be joined by a couple of thousand Saskatchewan students and public for that concert. Join us at the Lazy Cwl Pub on campus afterwards for a jam session featuring the above named rhythm section. Hank Feldman is organizing and blowing on the sessions.
Had a good sleep? Cn Wednesday we begin the reading sessions run by John Stevens. Performances begin with tubist Sylvain Picard (France/Canada), euphpicker Mary-Anne Craig and tubist Scott Mendoker. Performances that day will include the Dutch Tuba Quartet, Ken Kroesche, Kenyon Wilson, Pat Sheridan, John Mueller, Neal Corwell/Velvet Brown (aka “Partners in Crime”), Steve Rosse, Alchemy, Roger Bobo and Brian Bowman. Don’t forget your Low Blowers’ rehearsal! There WILL be concurrent sessions and you’re going to have to make some agonizing choices! After the Jazz Night, the Lazy Owl Pub jam session.
Thursday: Man you must be “bagged” even by now! Who can keep up the pace? No fear: you can relax Sunday… Reading sessions continue. Today you’ll hear some of (remember the choice thing…) Mark Nelson, David Kutz, Sotto Voce, Matt Tropman, Gil Corella, “Travelling by Tuba,” Phil Sinder… Today you can address the ills of your mind and body as well. Joe Skillen offers a workshop on musicians’ injuries and right after that Howard Johnson offers “The Psycho- Sexual Aspects of Tuba Playing: The Dork Factor”. I didn’t make this up. Steven Mead kicks off the afternoon and you can hear Roger Bobo’s masterclass or Gail Robertson. Montreal Symphony tubist Dennis Miller, or Dave Zerkel sharing a recital with Ed Jones. More jazz at the Lazy Owl Pub…
Friday: OW!!! Martha help me PLEASE!!! That concert last night by Symphonia was amazing!! GET UP!! It’s worth it to hear the Tubafours, The USAF Tuba Quartet, euphoniumist Ben Pierce, Gary Buttery accompanied by mandolin and Tim Northcut accompanied by harp and sharing a recital, Hungarian tuba phenomenon Roland Szentpali and the Mirafone Tuba Quartet. The afternoon features a Dixie tuba workshop with Steve Call, Tuba/euph jazzer Brad Felt, Jason Smith and Joe Skillen in recital, an advanced improv workshop with Marc Dickman, Finnish tubist Harri Lidsle, Japanese euphonium phenomenon Shoichiro Hokazono, Roger Behrend and an orchestral workshop with Dennis Miller. Tonight the Low-Blowers play before the Canadian Brass concert. More Jazz at the Lazy Owl Pub…
Saturday. OH… MY… GAWD!!! That Chuckle D. was amazing in Canadian Brass last night wasn’t he?! ?! How DO he DO what he DO?!? And wasn’t that workshop yesterday afternoon with Chuck and the Brass something else??? What’s not to love? Also today features the finals of all those competitions that have been going on. Today’s also the chance to hear the High School All-stars and the College All-stars. Saturday afternoon is your time to get out and see the city and surroundings. We’ll give you, um… stuff to tell you what’s up. Get geared up for the Band of the 1st Canadian Air Division.
In among all these great workshops and performances are some wonderful college ensembles: Southern Mississippi, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana, Arizona State, UNC Greensboro, University of Michigan and STUBA (Swiss Tuba Ensemble)!
During ITEC 2000 there will be a number of major competitions (see sponsors/prizes above). Most of these will take place on the older campus of the University. It’s about 2 miles from the new campus but is a nice walk through a park. We encourage you to take in some of the outstanding playing that is bound to be featured as part of this area. As I write this the deadline is fast approaching for entries. As you read this, it will have passed. However WE CANNOT TELL AT THIS POINT (JANUARY) IF THERE WILL BE AN EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE. PLEASE CHECK WITH DR. DENNIS ASKEW FOR INFORMATION: email@example.com, phone or fax (336) 334-5002.
We’ll have ITEC watches, T-shirts, travel alarms, golf shirts, crystal mugs, sweatshirts for sale (cheap!) and also complimentary conference bags and pins. And about limiting registration as above? Not on your life! See you at ITEC 2000!
John Griffiths, Host, ITEC 2000