Editor’s Desk Ben Pierce (email@example.com)
The more time goes by, the more I find myself wondering how I fit into all sorts of things. Where am I and where are you in terms of our achievements, our activities, and how we came to be able to do what we do? With a natural inclination to look forward to things and to resist rehashing the past, I have a bit of trouble looking backwards. But as the picture of TUBA/ITEA’s history starts to take shape in our “Looking Back” column, I am finding it more and more compelling. It is interesting to imagine the thoughts and feelings of talented individuals who chose to play our instruments and had little of the repertoire we have now, few or none of the recordings, and far fewer quality instruments from which to select. They had nothing to work with but inspiration from other musicians and their own innovation and ambition. They sought to congregate with a camaraderie that was, as far as I can tell, not different from what one finds at a tuba conference or gathering today. And there is something special about the fellowship between tuba and euphonium players. Special thanks to Michael Lynch for taking on this history project, and to those of you who have written with requests that we revisit individuals who have largely been forgotten by the younger generation of players and teachers.
In an effort to bring more instructional material to euphonium players we are kicking off the “Experts’ Excerpts for Euphonium” column. Here we will feature excerpts for euphonium with commentary on preparation by leading players. Matthew Tropman provides a great set of tips for Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, arr. by Donald Hunsberger.
We have recently been saddened by the news of Rolf Wilhelm’s passing. If you are unfamiliar with Wilhelm’s music, I urge you to give a listen to his Concertino for tuba and wind orchestra. With the help of our German friends and members, we will be able to present a nice tribute article in a future volume. We have also lost Ohio State tuba and euphonium professor Bob LeBlanc, who was a teacher of my teacher, Fritz Kaenzig, as well as Mickey Moore and many others.
Thank you for the article ideas, which are coming in nicely. My inbox remains mostly empty of essays and opinion pieces, however. There is a place in the ITEA Journal for such pieces. No doubt you have something valuable to say. If you are a skilled writer to boot, share with us. In our era of information bombardment and lighting fast tweets and Facebook posts, thoughtful, well-constructed writings are still important. Put pen to paper, so to speak, and send. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.