Euphonium & Tuba News (Joseph Skillen,editor)
Top Brass Travels to Bosnia
In May, 2001, the Dayton, Ohio-based professional chamber ensemble Top Brass is going to Sarajevo, Bosnia to participate in a week-long residency program at the Srednja Music School. The residency culminates with the premiere of a new work by Dino Zonic, a Bosnian-American composer who was formerly the assistant Dean of the Srednja Music School. The premiere and residency activities will be real-time Internet broadcasts to be viewed by a virtually unlimited worldwide audience. At the conclusion of the residency, the Srednja School will have the hardware, software, and training to continue webcasting their own arts activities to other arts organizations worldwide.
Although the war is over, many Bosnians still have a sense of hopelessness and isolation, and feel they have been largely forgotten by the international community. Continued webcasts by the Srednja School (the only music school in Sarajevo) and associated arts organizations in Sarajevo will reduce this sense of isolation by giving them an audio/video link with the rest of the world. By helping the children at the Srednja School, we are helping their entire arts community, and in a small way helping to restore normality to their society.
Dino Zonic’s musical compositions contain messages of freedom, and, because he expressed this ideal, he was threatened with death. This webcast provides solid proof that the forces of totalitarian oppression have been unsuccessful in silencing Bosnian composers and further demonstrates on a global level that artists cannot be silenced by oppressive governments. Our use of inexpensive, off-the-shelf Internet technology is an especially effective way to make this statement, as it can be easily replicated worldwide. The freedom of artistic expression demonstrated by this project directly defies oppression.
This project further strengthens the vital cultural exchange started in October, 1999. Additional support of this exchange is maintained through a humanitarian aid project that Top Brass initiated: In December, 2000, Top Brass will help ship more than 12, 500 lbs. of donated aid to the Srednja School (computers, schools supplies, musical instruments, food, etc.) valued at more than $60,000.
The Houston Symphonic Band celebrates – A TRIBUTE TO HARVEY PHILLIPS
On Friday evening, August 18th in Stude Concert Hall on the Rice University campus, the Houston Symphonic Band and Music Director Robert McElroy paid tribute to the greatest promoter of the tuba and the euphonium, Harvey Phillips, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music, Indiana University.
Over a year ago, Rex Sagle, a member of the HSB tuba section, a former member of the USAF Band, and a lifetime friend of Harvey Phillips, asked Robert McElroy if the Houston Symphonic Band might be interested in paying tribute to one of the tme giants in the music industry. Robert was quite enthusiastic about the idea, thus the HSB’s “A Tribute to Harvey Phillips” was to be a reality.
It was a magical evening of music making with musical tributes from the HSB principal tubist Fred Angerstein, Sam Houston State University tuba professor, Robert Daniel, world renown heart surgeon. Dr. Grady Hallman, and the University of North Texas’ professor of euphonium and incomparable euphonium artist. Dr. Brian Bowman. Long time friend and colleague of Harvey’s, Ray Crisara, Professor of Trumpet at The University of Texas at Austin gave a warm and memorable recollection of the many accomplishments and honors bestowed on Harvey. The audience heard a recording of the last movement of Handel’s Flute Sonata No. 5 featuring Harvey playing the basso continuo part. The recording showed off Harvey’s flawless technique, fluid flexibility, and tremendous musicianship. Mr. McElroy and the HSB presented a plaque to Harvey, which read:
The Houston Symphonic Band presents “A Tribute to Harvey Phillips” in Recognition and Appreciation for Dedicating His Career to Bringing the Tuba into the Forward Consciousness of the Concert Going Public Throughout the World. Stude Concert Hall, Houston, Texas, August 18, 2000
There were many highlights throughout the evening, but one of most memorable was a performance by Tuba Company, a tuba-euphonium ensemble of 12 with rhythm section. With minimal rehearsal, the group performed with the confidence and polish of a group that had been together for several years. Tuba Company was clearly an audience favorite, performing several staples from the Tuba Company repertoire: Tuba Voluntary, Ein Hofbrau Haus Medley, Tijuana Taxi, Peanuts, Bandstand Medley, and Tequila. Members of this group were Brian Bowman, Grady Hallman, Larry Campbell, Henry Howey, Denis Kidwell, Richard Maher, euphoniums and Fred Angerstein, Mark Barton, Steve Campbell, Robert Daniel, Larry Campbell, and Mike Predmore, tubas. Mr. McElroy and Mr. Phillips shared the podium for this segment of the concert. Harvey spoke to the audience sharing his profound love of the tuba and the tubist.
Robert McElroy, Houston Symphonic Band Music Director, is without question an organizing genius as well as a highly competent conductor. A successful high school band director and music supervisor, he was president of the massive and highly influential Texas Music Educators Association in 1989-90. Robert coordinated the entire tribute to Harvey, personally contacting many trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba players from the Houston metropolitan area, asking them for their participation as antiphonal brass in this special concert. Robert exhibited a keen attention to detail, easily maneuvering Tuba Company from one side of the stage, to the other side of the stage, and into the balcony.
The Houston Symphonic Band is a group of approximately 100 Houston-area musicians performing symphonic band literature throughout the central and southeast Texas areas. Formed in 1985, the band’s concert series annually features a world-renowned conductor and/or composer of wind band music. The band is a “tried and tested ensemble,” having performed a number of special concerts. As a result, they performed with ease and adaptability with the different situations throughout the concert.
The additional tuba and euphonium players joined the HSB on two marches. Big Joe the Tuba and Them Basses, providing an amazing “bottom” to the band. The 21 additional tuba and euphonium players moved to the balcony where Mr. McElroy conducted the tuba and euphonium players from the HSB and the players in the balcony to a profoundly sensitive and moving performance of Komm Susser Tod.
The last major work on the program was Glenn Cliff Bainum’s wonderful transcription of Kalinnikov’s Symphony No. I Finale. This magnificent work featured over 50 antiphonal brass in the balcony behind the stage. The performance was powerful and exciting and so appropriate for the occasion.
A special note of thanks to Robert McElroy. Tubists everywhere would have been proud of the attention Robert gave to the tuba and euphonium for this concert. He is the consummate gentleman who showed sincere honor and respect to Harvey.
The evening was memorable for the near capacity audience. The many tributes to Harvey Phillips were so deserving and appropriate for a man who has given his entire life to the increased awareness of the tuba and the euphonium. Every tubist and euphoniumist owes a sincere debt of gratitude to Harvey Phillips for his untiring service to not only the tuba/euphonium community, but to the music community. Anyone who has had the opportunity to study with him, listen to his eloquent speeches, or listen to him perform on the tuba, is a richer person. (Thanks to Robert Daniel)
Agrell at University of Iowa also the U.S. Brass Bulletin Contact
Jeffrey Agrell recently moved from a 25 year career as a homist with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra (Switzerland). He has returned to the States as Visiting Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Iowa. Agrell has been on the staff of the Brass Bulletin for over two decades, but now with the move he is Brass Bulletin’s U.S. correspondent. He would like to invite U.S. members of T.U.B.A. to send him news and photos of their activities for possible inclusion in the Brass Bulletin. Address:
School of Music
University of Iowa
1009 Voxman Music Building
Iowa City, lA 52242-1795
Horovitz Concerto for Tuba Coming!
The Journal was recently notified by James Gourlay of the Royal Northern Conservatory of Music that the Tuba Concerto by Joseph Horovitz will soon be published by Studio Music of London. There will also be a tuba and wind band version available in the near future
Dr. J. Mark Thompson has been appointed as Associate Professor of Trombone and Low Brass at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. Dr. Thompson previously taught at Coe College (lA) and for eight years at Stephen F. Austin State University (TX). He was formerly Bass Trombone with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and he has performed with the San Antonio and Houston Symphonies and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa. Presently, he is Bass Trombone with the Shreveport Symphony and the Lancaster Festival (OH) and Principal Trombone with the Longview Symphony (TX). His teachers include Raymond Conklin, Dr. John D. Hill, George Krem, Charles Vernon, and Arnold Jacobs.
Congratulations to Chris Olka who won the November audition for the principal tuba chair in the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Gerald Gleason, Associate Editor for Schools, recently announced his retirement from the T.U.B.A. Journal staff. Mr. Gleason, the first person to hold this associate editorship, is also retired from the public schools of La Crosse, Wisconsin and remains among the most respected instrumental music educators in that state. Jerry, his wife, Karen, and their two sons, Tim and Chris all continue to play the tuba! Jerry’s daughter-in-law, Erin represents the euphonium constituency in the family. He will be missed as part of our Journal staff. We hope to be able to announce a new associate editor for this position in the next issue of the Journal. Many thanks to Jerry for his dedicated service to the education profession and to the tuba and euphonium.
Awards & Honors
Ed Partyka was recently awarded the 2000 ASCAP/IAJE Commission honoring the centenary of Louis Armstrong. Ed Partyka is a tubist/bass trombonist and composer. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, C.S.A., he received a BA degree from Northern Illinois University before moving to Germany in 1990 where he completed a masters degree in jazz performance at the Conservatory of Music in Cologne. He was first prize winner of the 1998 NDR Musikpreis (Hamburg) and first prize winner of the Jazz Composers Alliance 1998 Julius Hemphill Composition Awards (Boston). Ed has toured and recorded with the Bob Brookmeyer New Art Orchestra, WDR Big Band, NDR Big Band and Vienna Art Orchestra.
Festivals & Competitions
Kunitachi Euphonium Concert
The 12 euphonium major students of the Kunitachi College of Music held the 10th Kunitachi Euphonium Concert on Octobet 4, 2000 in Hachioji, Tokyo. The Kunitachi Tuba-Euphonium ensemble presented annual “out of school” concerts from 1982 to 1990. After 8 years, the first euphonium ensemble concert was held to entertain the possibilities of the euphonium and baritone alone.
The concert was directed by Mr. Toru Miura Professor of Euphonium at Kunitachi College of Music. Mr. Jun Yamaoka, jazz euphonium player, and Mr. Koji Yamashita, baritone, were invited as special guests. Twelve students petformed eight works including The Comedians by Kabalevsky, Hyakuren’no-Kagami for eight euphoniums and Bariton by Jiro Senshu. Most of pieces were played from memory, and there was a large audience in the hall.
Noriko Niikura, graduate euphonium student at Kunitachi College of Music, was chosen to perform a noon recital series Debut Concert 12:15” at Toppan Hall, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. TTie competition/audition for performance on this series was held for the first time this year, and six soloists and ensembles were chosen. There was a preliminary audition tape round for which 360 tapes were sent from all over from Japan. Ms. Nikura’s performance at Toppan Hall will be on Feb. 14, 2001, and the admission will be free. She will petform Schumann’s Fantasiestucke and Horovitz’s Concerto. Noriko completed undergraduate studies at Duquesne University where she was a student of Dr. Brian L. Bowman.
Cheju International Brass Competition and Ensemble Festival
In August 2000,1 was fortunate to be involved as a juror at the First International Brass Competition in Cheju City, Korea. This event was held on Cheju Island — a paradise of an island south of the Korean peninsula. In addition to the competition, an ensemble festival featuring professional ensembles from around the world was held at the same time. Brass ensembles that were featured in concerts around the island included Yeh Shu’Han Brass Quintet (Taiwan), Spanish Brass, Chestnut Brass Company, Seoul Brass Quintet, Premier Brass of Japan, and the Prague Brass Ensemble.
The International Brass Competition included solo competitions for each of the brass instruments as well as brass quintet. Almost 100 participants age 30 or under, took part in the various competitions representing Korea, Japan, Hungary, France and the U.S. TTiree cash prizes were offered in each solo category, $4000; $2500, $1500 and three prizes in the brass quintet division of $6000, $4000, $3000.
Winners in the euphonium solo competition were, first prize: Adam Frey (US), second prize: Takeshi Hatano (Japan) and third prize: Ryunosuke Abe (Japan). Prize winners in tuba were: first: Roland Szentpali (Hungary), second: David Zambon (France), third: Sung-youl Gi (Korea). In each of these competitions, the level was of the very highest international standards. The three rounds featured numerous memorable, professional caliber performances from many competitors.
This event is a wonderful addition to the brass world and represents a truly first class international event. It is planned that this competition and ensemble festival will repeat every two years with the next anticipated in the summer of 2002. It is highly recommended that all eligible potential contestants seriously consider attending. The professionalism and friendliness shown to competitors and jurors was exemplary. The overall experience is one that will be fondly remembered!
Tuba and Euphonium at the Brevard Music Center
The 2000 Season of the Brevard Music Festival included many tuba and euphonium activities. The Brevard Music Center Tuba-Euphonium Consort and the BMC Tuba-Euphonium Quartet presented three performances as part of the 2000 season. This regular ensemble of the Music Center was comprised of the ten tuba and euphonium students. Members were: Jarrod Adams, Ashley Bendig, Matt Hemenway, Will Nestler and Clay Johnson (Euphoniums) and Tony Halloin, Austin Howie, David Hodgson, Jess Lightner, and Drew Pearl (Tubas).
B o th Matt Hemenway, euphonium and Jess Lightner, tuba cde the finals of the Brevard Music Center Concerto C o m p e t i t io n performing Guilmant’s Morceau Symphonique and G r e g s o n ’s Concerto for Tuba, respectively.
Scott Watson was the BMC faculty tubist for the summer 2000 season. Watson returned to Brevard in place of regular tubist, Michael Crosse of the Savannah Symphony, who was on a one-year sabbatical. It was a very active summer for both Watson and these talented students.
Big Brass Bash XIV
Northwest “Big Brass” Bash XIV took place on July 8th and 9th, 2000 at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Keating Johnson, Professor of Tuba and Conducting at Washington State University, did a splendid job as host for the event. As in the previous thirteen years, the emphasis was on the original intent of T.U.B.A.: to bring the tuba and euphonium community together; to maintain mutual feelings of respect and camaraderie within the group; and to promote our instruments. This format does much to enhance the experience for all tuba and euphonium players and to promote more positive feelings.
The main event of the two-day gathering involved all participants playing together in a mass tuba/euphonium ensemble concert on Sunday afternoon in Kruegel Park, morning and afternoon rehearsal on Saturday and a morning rehearsal on Sunday were used to prepare for the Sunday afternoon final concert. The large ensemble continues to sound better each year and provides a fun experience for everyone. No one, regardless of age or experience, is left out. Players came from Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, and Washington, and ranged in age from 11 to 77. The passing of Robert Wilkinson, who was an active participant in NWBBb and who contributed many fine arrangements that were favorites of NWBBb, led to a special tribute to him on the Sunday concert. He will be sorely missed.
Guest artists this year were Chris Olka, acting Principal Tuba (and now permanent Principal Tuba) of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Jason Gilliam, Euphonium, a member and regular featured soloist with the Tacoma Concert Band. Jason presented a clinic on Saturday entitled “Practice techniques for those with less than four hours a day,” and Chris presented a clinic on Sunday entitled “Everything you always wanted to know about being a working musician.” Both of these events were well received by the participants. Both Chris and Jason were always on hand to share knowledge with all participants during the entire event. They did an excellent job in making the individual participant feel valued as a member of the tuba/euphonium community.
The University of Puget Sound Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble presented a tribute to past and present great tuba and euphonium artists. William Bell, Arnold Jacobs, Harvey Phillips, Arthur Lehman, Tommy Johnson, and Leonard Falcone were honored. The ensemble performed Pachelbel’s Kanon, the Sauter arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Come Sweet Death, Richard Frazier’s arrangement of Puccini’s Un bel di, and Robert Wilkinson’s arrangement of Texidor’s Amparito Roca.
A student recital was held on Saturday afternoon featuring tubist Kyle Gillett from Missoula, Montana performing Bombasto by Vander Cook. Matt Carlson from Snohomish, Washington, played the “Allegro pesante” from the Hindemith Sonote fur Tuba, and Kevin Pih from the Universi^^ of Washington to Seattle performed the “Allegro deciso” from Gregson s Concerto for Tuba. Brian Van Winkle, euphonium, performed the Guilmaunt Morceau Symphonique. All of these performers were of high school age and presented themselves well.
The evening recital was opened by the Astoria Tuba Quartet in a medley of tunes arranged by Bob Joiner, euphonium. Sam Blumenthal, euphonium, Dennis Hale arid Lee Stromquist, tubas comprised the rest of the quartet. Tubist Ivan Giddmgs of Tacoma, performed “Sarabande” and Bouree Anglaise from Partita in a minor by J.S. Bach. Torrey Lawence, Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Idaho in Moscow performed Andante, Op. 64 by Tcherepnin. Chris Olka, Torrey Lawrence, and Brian Knowlton played a trio by Anton Reicha. Keating Johnson played Drei Romanzen, Op. 94 by Robert Schumann, and Brian Knowlton, Senior, The Univers^ of Puget Sound, performed Penderecki’s Capriccio. Jason (^Uiam performed John Golland’s Concerto far Euphonium and Chris Olka finished the recital by playing the Sonata m Eb by J.S. Bach and the Broughton Concerto for Tuba. Chris was accompanied at the piano by his wife Kim Russ and they made a sparkling team. The effect of the recital was stunning and created much energy. Catherine Schulhauser was the accompanist for both recitals during the day and, like last year, did an admirable job in helping the performers feel confident and at ease. The traditional ice cream party was held for all participants following the recital, which provided a time where everyone could celebrate the events of the day.
A board meeting followed the ice cream party and Torrey Lawrence was unanimously voted for membership to the board. Torrey joins John Baker, Sam Blumenthal, Gary Gillett, John Huenink, Keating Johnson, and Ron Munson on the board. It was further voted that the name Northwest “Big Brass” Bash be changed to The Harvey Phillips Northwest “Big Brass” Bash in honor of Harvey’s many contributions to the success of this event since its inception. It was further decided unanimously that the evening recital will now be called the John Baker Founder’s Recital in honor of board member John Baker, who was one of the original organizers of this event and who has continued to contribute to the success of this event from the beginning. (Editor’s Note: since receiving this news item, the Journal regrets to report that Mr. Baker has passed away. Please see the obituary section for more information regarding Mr. Baker and his contributions.)
The next Harvey Phillips Northwest “Big Brass” Bash XV is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 7th and 8th, 2001 and will feature Harvey Phillips, Brian Bowman, euphonium and Patrick Sheridan, tuba. The event will be held in Ellensburg, Washington at Central Washington University. CWU is about 105 miles from Seattle. It will be hosted by Larry Gookin, Director of Bands, at Central Washington University. For further information, contact him at (509) 963-1916 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This is going to be great event and will provide a fiin experience for everyone. Don’t miss it.
Lieska Brass Week Coming in July
When July turns to August it’s time for the annual brass music festival, Lieksa Brass Week. According to the Artistic Director of the festival, this year’s theme is interesting because it makes you wonder what really is big or beautiful. Lieksa Brass Week does not have as its aim organizing mega spectacles or concerts held in stadiums, but it wants to challenge the public to enjoy genuine experiences.
Arguments for the theme touched upon are various. The featured instmment – tuba – is the biggest of the brass instmments. The Lieksa International Tuba Competition in 2001 will be one of the biggest of its kind. The classical concert series will consist of 16 concerts. In addition, Lieksa is the third largest town in Finland including its surrounding area. During Brass Week big and beautiful will also be reflected in the different ensembles, including a Military Band and Toolo Brass which is the biggest brass ensemble in Finland. A surprise “first” for the Lieksa Brass Week will feature a guest choir performing the Mozart Requiem with the Vaasa City Orchestra. Soloists will be Mia Huhta, Jenny Carlstedt, Topi Lehtipuu and Heikki Orama.
Great artists will also be heard in smaller ensembles: trumpet players Thierry Caens (France), Falk Maertens (Germany), French Horn artist Bruno Schneider (Switzerland), trombonist Jorgen van Rijen (Netherlands), euphoniumist Steve Mead (England) and the tuba players Roger Bobo (Italy), Steve Rosse (Australia) and Patrick Sheridan (USA). Our guest quintet is the Spanish Brass – Luur Metalls from Spain. This group has gained top recognition in the front row of brass quintets along with the German Brass and the Canadian Brass.
ieksa Brass Week wants to challenge the public to think about what really is big or beautiful with its program. Often one thinks only ticket prices or audience size matters. What matters most for us is that we in Lieksa Brass Week could offer you something a little different in your musical experiences. Depth of musical feeling or experience can be great. That, in itself, is beautiful!
Attention! Lieksa Brass Week’s Phone Numbers Have Changed: Petri Aamio, General Manager +358’13-689 4145
Anu Mustonen, secretary +358-13’689 4144
Lieksa Brass Week office +358-13’689 4147
Lieksa Brass Week Fax +358’13’689 4915
Internet Pick of the Quarter www.chisham.com
Be sure to check out this site for some interesting information on jobs, playing tips, and some useful links to other web sites. Perhaps the most useful and most often visited part of this web site is the “Tubenet” bulletin board. This is a place where many students, professionals, and low brass “groupies” hang out to share information, ask questions, and generally stay in touch. Thanks to Sean Chisham for providing and mastering this very useful site. – JS
Our Instruments In The News
Oldest Tuba Player on Record
Mark Nelson sent the following item he recently read in the new Guiness World Records 2001 edition: Oldest Tuba Player
“Jack Hogg of Wirral, England, has been a regular member of the Heswall Concert Band since joining at the age of 94 in 1998.”
Congratulations to Mr. Hogg on continuing the joy of musical performance into his later years. May we all be so lucky -JS.
Brass Players Museum Opens
The Brass Players Museum is now open and has a display of more than 80 historic and vintage brass wind instruments. The collection includes tubas, euphoniums, baritones, and tenor horns from 1820 – 1934. Qualified brass players have the opportunity to “try out” and play many of the historic instruments on display. Each month additional instruments are added to the collection.
To learn more about the museum, visit their web site at www.neillins.com/brass.htm. The museum is open Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. or by special appointment. Call before you visit. You may also call the curator, David Neill, if you have any questions at 413-732-4137.
Parade features expanded tuba book Tubists are well-aware how rarely our instruments are utilized in musical theater. Only a few shows written in recent history have tuba parts, so when a new show opens and tours the United States, it is really news. The show is Parade – a true story, a love story, a musical. Parade won two Tony Awards in 1999: Best Musical Score and Best Musical Book.
Parade is an intense story-driven musical powered by the truelife account of injustice generated by a wave of anti-semitism that swept across Atlanta in 1913. Part court drama, part “whodunit,” part Greek tragedy and part pageant. Parade unfolds around Confederate Memorial Day as it boldly exploits the musical-theater medium to its fullest with a broad emotional palette.
An interesting aspect of Parade is that while it was at Lincoln Center in New York City, it had a minimal tuba part that was played by a string bass player doubling on tuba. In a move counter to the trend of downsizing in musical ensembles, a tuba book was added to the orchestral for Parade when it went on the road in June of 2000.
Ralph Hepola, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
Jobs and Assistantships
University of New Mexico Announces Graduate Assistantship
The University of New Mexico Department of Music is offering a graduate assistantship in tuba for 2001-02. The workload will consist of performing with the faculty brass quintet (New Mexico Brass Quintet), teaching applied music or chamber music, and other duties determined by the needs of the Music Department and the interests of the candidate. It will be a two-year assistantship paying approximately $10,000 per year plus a waiver of all tuition (pending administrative approval). For more information please contact: Dr. Karl Hinterbichler, Professor of Low Brass, UNM, Albuquerque, NM 87131. Telephone: 505-277-4331, E-mail: email@example.com.
John Baker (1936 – 2000)
T.U.B.A. member John Baker passed away at his home on Friday, November 10. He was 64. Bom in Pullman, Washington on October 13, 1936, John’s parents, Beulah and G. O. Baker soon moved to Moscow, Idaho where John received all of his education. After graduating from the University of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in music education, he moved to Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho to teach music and direct the Lutheran Church choir
In 1962, he married Sylvia Halldorson, a Sandpoint, Idaho music teacher. He received an M. A. in Trombone Performance from the University of Idaho in 1964. He Joined the Spokane Symphony Orchestra in 1962, playing the trombone and retiring in 1999 after 37 years. He taught music in the public schools of Garfield, Fairfield and Pullman. He settled in Spokane in 1972 where he was an instmctor at Whitworth College. In 1985, he married Marilyn Trail.
He founded and was currently president of the Big Brass Bash, an annual northwest regional tuba fest. He was vicepresident of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 105 in Spokane. He played tuba, trombone and euphonium in “Bottom Line” a music education group, the Inland Empire Brass and other musical groups. John was a gifted music teacher whose private students ranged in age from 11 to 83. He also had an instmment repair business.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, 621 W. Mallon, Spokane 99201 to help restore the Fox Theatre or to Allegro Baroque and Beyond, 906 S. Cowley, Spokane, 99202.
I would like to take this opportunity to write a brief message to your members about Neil. He enjoyed your magazine very much and looked forward to each issue. He loved playing his double bell euphonium very much. He tried to find this instrument for a few years and when he bought it used from an advertisement in the newspaper it was like he had won a million dollars. He was a member of the Delmont Community Band in Pennsylvania, and when we came to Florida he joined the Daytona Beach Community Band. I am sure if there is a band in heaven he is playing and enjoying march music with all the musicians that have gone before him.
Sincerely, Barbara Olsen