Election of Officers

Election of Officers

Election ballots will be included in the Spring issue of the T.U.B.A. Journal. The ballots will note the deadline date for their return.




Dr. Mary Ann Craig is Director of Bands at Montclair State University in New Jersey, where she also teaches applied euphonium and conducting. Dr. Craig is Secretary of T.U.B.A. and founder of the Colonial Euphonium and Tuba Institute.

As a member of the Colonial Tuba Quartet Dr. Craig has appeared as soloist and clinician throughout Japan, Europe, Australia, and the U.S. Her second solo recording. Euphonium.. .Out On A Limb, is receiving worldwide acclaim. Having commissioned numerous composers to write for the euphonium. Dr. Craig premiered Anthony Plog’s Erica and the Euphonium with the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra.

As a conductor Dr. Craig has recently traveled several times to Russia, where she has guest conducted the Volga Band of Saratov and the Symphonic Band at the prestigious Gnessin’s Academy in Moscow. In May she will guest conduct in Ukraine and in August she will conduct the World Honors Euphonium-Tuba Ensemble at ITEC 2001 in Finland. In the U.S. she has adjudicated, guest conducted, and given numerous clinics for bands from the Midwest to the Northeast. Dr. Craig and has served as Eastern Division Chair for the Society for Music Teacher Education.

Candidate Statement

I am honored and grateful to be nominated for the office of president-elect for our organization… Honored because of the rich history of T.U.B.A., the strength and vision of our founding members, the ongoing dedication of our leadership, the continuing mission to promote musicianship, and the passion of our individual members toward the tuba ^ d euphonium… Grateful because it gives me the opportunity to give back to our organization for the opportunities it has given me to grow as a musician and to develop new and lasting associations with professionals and amateurs in our field.

I bring to T.U.B.A. a global perspective as a result of my international experience as a conductor, performer, and music educator. Various professional activities have taken me from western Europe to Russia, Ukraine, Japan, and Australia.

Over the past years I’ve had the opportunity to create and serve our field:

1. In 1996 I founded the Colonial Euphonium and Tuba Institute. Over one hundred participants from seven countries attended the week of activities.

2. As a founding member of the Colonial Tuba Quartet, I have been involved in numerous concerts at schools to promote the tuba and euphonium. Also, the CTQ has commissioned many new works for tuba-euphonium quartet, recorded Spectraphonics, and toured Europe several times.

3. As a soloist, I have commissioned many composers to write works for the euphonium.. In an effort to provide recordings of euphonium literature, I recorded Euphonium…Out On A Limh including several pieces that had not previously been recorded.

4. Having served as Secretary for T.U.B.A. for the past four years, 1 have worked closely with members of the Executive Committee in striving to attain the goals of T.U.B.A. It would be a smooth transition for me to move into the office of President-Elect, because of serving on the Executive Committee for these past four years.

As President-Elect, I envision T.U.B.A.

• increasing the visibility of our instruments. Potential venues include lobby concerts prior to or during intermission of symphony orchestra concerts to skits in elementary schools to performances as people stroll through art exhibits.

• creating a haison with public school teachers and students, especially young elementary students, whom we may influence to become involved in their instrumental music programs.

• creating an opportunity for student and amateur small ensembles to be coached by renowned performers and pedagogues at regional and international conferences. A team of coaches could be created from the renowned performers and pedagogues who attend the conference. This may result in increased attendance at conferences, as well as additional playing and educational opportunities for a greater number of conference participants.

• creating a liaison with community bands and amateur musicians. Through this T.U.B.A. would expand our network of enthusiastic supporters.

I will to devote my energy, enthusiasm, and love of music into leading T.U.B.A. forward, enriching the lives and musicianship of our present membership, and expanding our circles to intersect the lives of those who have not yet become aware of the musical capabilities of our instruments.


Philip Binder is Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Michigan State University, a position he has held since 1982. He received a Bachelors degree in music education and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a Masters degree from Wichita State University. Mr. Binder has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Michigan Opera Theatre, Houston Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Colorado Music Festival, and is a founding member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek. He has a solo tuba CD, “Aerodynamics,” on Mark Records. He was the first prize winner in the College Tuba Solo Competition at the 1980 Tuba- Euphonium Conference in Denton, Texas, and has subsequently been a featured artist at ITECs in Sapporo, Lexington, and Regina. From 1991-96 he Philip Sinder served as coordinator of the annual TUBA Composition Contest, and recently served as chair of the Young Artist Solo Competition at ITEC-Regina. Sinder is currently a member of the board of trustees for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival.

Candidate Statement

Greetings to all members of T.U.B.A. I am grateful for the support of the T.U.B.A. nominating committee, and consider it an honor to be put forward for the Vice President (President-elect) position. We live at a time of incredible growth for the euphonium and tuba, certainly what one might call the “Golden Age” for these instruments. With each new decade, one can point to an explosion of excellent new repertoire in the solo and chamber music veins, fabulous new instruments and equipment, annual international solo competitions, and first rate solo and ensemble recordings from all comers of the globe. The level of expectation in performance excellence continues to increase rapidly. T.U.B.A. has been and , continues to be an important catalyst and facilitator for all of these advances, and we should be proud of the efforts and its success of the organization and its members over the past 30 years.

My vision for the future of the organization includes a range of focal points. Fortunately, many of these topics are also high priority items with the current T.U.B.A. executive committee and president-elect. I fully endorse the concepts of enhancing T.U.B.A. membership I benefits, of establishing electronic membership options which will assist in reaching a wider audience while generating positive cash flow, of expanding the current T.U.B.A. web site, of establishing a healthy endowment fund for T.U.B.A., and of the organization serving as a dynamic promotional arm to enhance the visibility and positive image of our instruments among the general public. Paramount to the future of T.U.B.A. is bringing a greater international base to its membership. This is not a one-term/two year project, but rather an ongoing concern which needs continual reinforcement and effort. Other areas where I believe T.U.B.A. needs to be active include the facilitation and funding of quality new compositions for both support for the annual T.U.B.A. composition contest; and encouragement and assistance in the coordination of regional conferences throughout the United States and abroad.

I know that T.U.B.A. has had an important positive impact on my career as a performer and teacher. Together, we can work to insure that every member of our organization becomes an important “cog in the wheel,” and ultimately feels enriched from being a part of the achievements of an international professional organization.



Velvet Brown has served as professor of tuba and euphonium at Bowling Green State University since 1995. As guest soloist with ensembles, recitalist, instructor, adjudicator and conductor. Brown has made appearances throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. She has been featured at the 1999 Swiss Brass Week, the Italian Wind Festival in Rimini, the 2000 and 1999 Mid-Europe Conferences, as well as a frequent featured soloist at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conferences among others. Ms. Brown has served as principal tubist with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra from 1989-1999, as well as substitute or additional tubist with the Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. She is a founding and current member of the Monarch Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble as well as one half of the “Garda Duo” with Italian pianist Roberto Arosio. Prior to joining the faculty at Bowling Green State University, she taught at Ball State University and served as an associate director of University Bands at Boston University. Currently Ms. Brown is a member of the Board of Directors of T.U.B.A., with prior service as a board member and vice-president of the Ms. Brown received the 1999-2000 William Fulbright Fellowship Vinciguerra Award.

Candidate Statement

I am honored to have been nominated for the office of Secretary of T.U.B.A. The commitment to this office is one that will require dedication, communication and organizational skills. It will be a pleasure to be granted the opportunity to help an association, which was founded over 25 years ago, to continue with their solid goals of embracing and enriching the activities and musical lives of tuba and euphonium players and their associates worldwide. I feel that by serving as secretary, I can contribute ideas and work with other members of the executive committee to strengthen and foster the awareness of the organization, while helping to attain new goals and paths that will be paramount for the future. My motivation is to become more personally involved and to have all of the members of the organization work together for the new directions that are ahead. We will work in the fields of advocating new music, welcoming new performance mediums, paving the way for additional performance opportunities and venues, and focusing on education on a more global scale.

I have had administrative experience as the secretary of the faculty executive committee at the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University, as a former board member and vice-president of the International Women’s Brass Conference, and I have also served for two years as the Program Editor of the T.U.B.A. Journal in addition to being instrumental in organizing the first Tuba Christmas in Boston as well several music festivals in the U.S. and abroad.


Joseph Skillen is on the faculty at Louisiana State University where he teaches applied tuba and euphonium, coaches chamber music, and performs with the faculty brass quintet. Prior to his engagement at LSU, Skillen was principal tubist in several American orchestras, and has performed with touring ensembles across the United States, Europe and Russia. Additionally, he has presented solo performances in the United States, Germany, Italy, and Sweden. He is planning a tour of Japan in April 2001 and will tour Scandinavia during the summer of 2001. Skillen will release his first solo CD with Mark Custom Records in March of 2001. As a Fulbright Scholar, Skillen studied in Stockholm, Sweden at the Royal Conservatory of Music. While in Sweden, he performed frequently with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also performed with the Kentuckiana Brass and Percussion Ensemble, The Galliard Brass Ensemble, Detroit Chamber Winds, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, the Western Brass Quintet, and the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble. He can be heard on recordings with the Mark and Bemel Labels. He currently serves as the news editor for the TUBA Journal.

Candidate Statement

It is an honor to be considered for the secretary position on the T.U.B.A. executive board. I understand that the job of the secretary is to keep correspondence with all of the members of the executive board and to maintain the written records of each meeting. If chosen, I will fulfill these duties to the best of my ability. I will also use my voice on the executive board to reinforce the direction of inclusion for all T.U.B.A. members in the activities of our organization. This organization belongs to all of us and we must continue to teach those musicians who either don’t feel a place in our organization, or haven’t seen how our collective efforts can aid them in their musical pursuits. 1 believe that there is much more that we can be doing to reach more potential members. We must show the value of membership in our organization to all euphonium and tuba players.



Currently the Director of the Conservatory of Performing Arts at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan Canada, John may be better known to members as a tuba soloist, as the host of the very successful ITEC 2000 in Regina or as the soloist for whom Canadian composer Elizabeth Raum has written so many great works. He teaches at the Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan and is the author of the widely-acclaimed text The Low Brass Guide. He is also a Yamaha artist and the Principal Tuba of the Regina Symphony. As a recitalist, John has performed recently at 30 American universities. He has soloed with the United States Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”) and recorded two solo CD’s. Of these, Canadian Chops, received a rave review in the TUBA Joumai in 1997. The second (The Legend of Heimdall) , a concertos recording with the Orchestra of the Capella of St. Petersburg (Russia), will be available in mid 2001. John began his professional career as Solo Tuba of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Btmd at the age of 19. His major teacher was Abe Torchinsky, for whom he was graduate assistant at the University of Michigan.

Candidate Statement

I am honoured to be nominated for the position of International Vice-President of T.U.B.A. In recent years I have been fortunate to have been a guest artist at the Italian and Minnesota ITECs, and it was also my great honour and pleasure to have been the host and planner for ITEC 2000 here in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. I have also been invited to perform with an orchestra in Lahti, Finland next summer. I toured Russia as a soloist in fall ’99 and returned there in June to record my second solo album, this time with the Orchestra of the Capella of St. Petersburg. Through these and other international experiences, I have become friends with many of the most influential tuba and euphonium players of our day. I was also one of the founding members of T.U.B.A. in the early 70’s in Montreal. I am attracted to the organization because of its tremendous potential to promote our instruments on an international basis. I am most excited about the emergence of our instruments as vehicles for solos, and to that end I have worked closely with composer Elizabeth Raum. At the same time I am very concerned that the potential for promotion be realized. Planning the recent ITEC was an amazing experience but it gave me an insight into the significant challenge of involving colleagues internationally. I use technology daily in my role as a director of a conservatory and I think I’m an effective communicator. I would like to combine those skills in ensuring greater involvement of colleagues both in Canada and abroad. It is ironic that though we share with the U.S. the longest undefended border in the world, there are too few Canadian members of TUBA and I would like to address that situation at the outset.

Thanks for your consideration.


Euphonium player Jukka Myllys belongs to the elite of Finnish performing musicians of today. His career has been promoted by his virtuosity on his chosen instrument, the euphonium. ^

An important part of Jukka Myllys mission is to cooperate with and inspire contemporary composers. His virtuosity has inspired composers such as Jukka Linkola (Euphonium Concerto, 1996), Oliver Kohlenberg (Blue Gleam of Arctic Hysteria, 1995) and Juha T. Koskinen (Destination, 1995). Myllys has recorded these works for Alba-Records Oy, gaining international critical acclaim. Most recently, Harri Ahmas is writing a new Myllys-inspired work for euphonium and chamber orchestra.

A graduate of the Sibelius Academy with the Master of Music degree, Myllys has won numerous prizes, including the Young Artist of the Province of Oulu in 1995 and the Military Musician of the Year in 1993 when he was working in Pohjan Sotilassoittokunta in Oulu. Since 1996 Myllys has been a trombonist with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra.

Myllys has appeared in recital in the United States, England, Italy, Norway and Estonia performing mainly Finnish music. As a soloist he has appeared with many leading Scandinavian symphony orchestras.

Candidate Statement

I am very pleased to have been nominated for the office of International Vice President. I have had many opportunies to meet a lot of fine low brass players during my international travels. I’d like to keep and continue to develop these relationships and work with these colleagues to strengthen T.U.B.A. and spread the word about our organization internationally. Of course, I am particularly interested in accomplishing this goal in the Northern part part of Europe, as well as the rest of the world. There are many good players everywhere, but we need more work in the area of international connections for the organization.

We are living in the Internet-time, so it is easy to make connections all over the world. Everyone’s opinions and ideas to develop our operation world-wide are important. Let’s do it together!



Kenneth Kroesche is Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He received both his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Michigan. Inl992, he was chosen by Mstislav Rostropovich to perform a concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Since that time he has appeared as soloist in many venues including a recital at the 2000 ITEC in Regina, Canada. In addition, he won the ITEC Euphonium Solo Competition in 1992 and was a prizewinner in the Falcone Solo Competition. He has commissioned and premiered a number of works for the euphonium. As a trombonist he is currently a member of the Asheville Symphony and has performed on euphonium, bass trumpet, and trombone with a number of orchestras including the North Carolina and Charleston (South Carolina) Symphonies. He is currently a member of the Program Planning Committee for the 2002 ITEC in Greensboro, NC and is Exhibits Coordinator for future ITECs.

Candidate Statement

I am honored and humbled to have been nominated for the office of Euphonium Coordinator, a position which has been occupied by many of the true visionaries and leaders of our organization. The fruits of their efforts can be seen in the international conferences, significant additions to the repertory, and by more players graduating from music schools with aspirations of performing ^ d teaching their beloved instrument. However, in many ways I believe the euphonium community has not enjoyed the same growth as that of the tuba and other brass instruments. As euphonium coordinator, I would like to actively address issues that would directly influence the future of the instrument. Possible areas to be addressed include:

❖ How to directly influence the current generation of composers to write for the euphonium.

❖ To continue support for commissions of high quality repertory for the euphonium.

To examine how to further empower euphonium players to be competitive in the college teaching field. How to create a larger role for the euphonium in the symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles and other genres such as jazz.

❖ How to further insure the role of the euphonium in contemporary wind ensemble and wind band music.

❖ How to further elevate the significance of the euphonium in the musical establishment.

I envision this dialog taking place through internet discussion groups as well as in forum discussions at ITECs.

I believe that we should also broaden our membership base by including not only professionals and students, but also amateurs and loyal devotees as well. As a former member of the board of directors the North American Brass Band Association, I have come to realize that our organization must attempt to create a stronger relationship with the brass band movement worldwide. This ever-growing group of dedicated musicians needs to find a place in our ranks in the same way the International Trombone Association has included amateurs in their organization. I have always considered our organization to be a grass-roots movement, in which I promise to serve with a leadership style that is responsive to the concerns and needs of its membership.


Originally from Pompano Beach, Florida, Gail Robertson began her music studies at the University of Central Florida. After graduating, she was awarded a full-scholarship as graduate assistant to Harvey Phillips at Indiana University, where she received her Master’s Degree in Euphonium and the Performer’s Certificate. Ms. Robertson then began her doctoral studies at the University of Maryland, where she studied with Dr. Brian Bowman. Two months later, she was relocated back to Orlando to become one of the founding members of Walt Disney World’s “Tubafours.” She later became the leader and chief arranger of the group and produced a CD called “Tubas Under the Boardwalk.”

Robertson is currently Adjunct Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba at the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, and Bethune-Cookman College. Additionally, she is a judge for the Florida Bandmasters Association, euphoniumist in the Orlando Brass Ensemble, principal euphonium with the Central Florida Brass Band, and a faculty member at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. She tours the U.S. and Japan with Keith Brion’s “New Sousa Band” and has been a soloist with the band. In 1997, Gail premiered Marta Ptaszynska’s Scherzo di Fantasia for euphonium and piano at the International Women’s Brass Conference. She has been a judge for the prestigious Leonard Falcone Euphonium Competition, and has been featured soloist/arranger/clinician at OCTUBAFESTs at Tennesse Tech, the University of South Florida, and at the United States Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference. She is a member of the Board of Directors of T.U.B.A., and recently was a featured artist at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan. She is the first female euphoniumist with Symphonia and will be recording with that ensemble in May, 2001. She is also the founder and coordinator of the Orlando TUBAMANIA, the co-coordinator of the Orlando TUBACHRISTMAS, and is a Willson/DEG Euphonium Artist. Several of Gail’s arrangements are published by the Tuba Press.

Candidate Statement:

Like anyone else who is nominated for Euphonium Coordinator, I was beyond flattered. I printed Winston’s letter and showed everyone! Since the day the euphonium chose me, my horn and I have done a lot of cool things, been to great places, and surprised tons of people along the way. I enjoyed playing the saxophone, trombone, and tuba, but there was something special about the euphonium. I liked the euphonium because it was different and most people didn’t know what it was. With the euphonium, you could do what other instruments could do AND MORE, and no one ever expected you to be able to do it! I have always made it my quest to “tell the world” about the euphonium, now is my big chance to really be able to contribute. I would appreciate the opportunity to serve as Euphonium Coordinator, will continue with the traditions of the past, and will bring a new energy to this position.