Harvey Phillips Festival of Friends
Daniel Perantoni, Professor of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Gwyn Richards, Dean, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Deanna Swoboda, President, International Tuba and Euphonium Association
Daniel Perantoni made brief opening remarks, graciously thanking everyone for attending the special occasion in honor of Harvey Phillips. He began:
I am deeply honored to represent so many people in honoring the memory of this great man, friend and mentor. He meant so much to all of us. I credit
Harvey Phillips to be the most influential person in the world of brass performance and promotion. He is, in my opinion, the most important brass instrument entrepreneur of his time!
…Throughout his professional life, Harvey was a dedicated teacher and mentor. He taught and inspired several generations of teachers and performers that hold the most prestigious positions in music throughout the world. Always proud of his students’ achievements, he heartily shared in their triumphs and successes. Harvey enjoyed having them as part of his family and gave his council as the father figure he was. He encouraged students to embrace all music and educated them that music is a language with many dialects. He was an international musical ambassador. …I have been honored to know and work closely with Harvey on many projects throughout my entire career. It was a privilege to perform with him all over the world. He was my mentor and best friend. We were family. I now say to his family and those of you here today, that we will make sure to keep Harvey’s tradition and legacy alive.
Following Mr. Perantoni, Dean Gwyn Richards of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music began:
Born in Aurora, Missouri, the last of ten children, Harvey Phillips was destined to become the tuba’s chief evangelist, the inspirer of a vast solo repertory, a mentor to generations of players, and eventually “Mr. Tuba.” [He was] recognized as one of the greatest players and teachers of the instrument; first time listeners were always impressed by his versatility and tonal variety, his ability to spin a soft and sweetly lyrical melodic line, to dance lightly and agilely over [the tuba’s] entire range, and his display of dramatic power when the occasion demanded. For 23 years, from 1971-1994, he guided students at Indiana University in such an exemplary way that in 2008 IU President Michael McRobbie awarded him the President’s Medal for Excellence.
Gwyn Richards, Dean, IU Jacobs School of Music Dean
ITEA President Deanna Swoboda continued:
The International Tuba/Euphonium Association, formerly known as the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association, was a vision of William J. Bell and was brought into being and given its original name through the efforts of Robert Ryker. But the vision, leadership and direction in the early days and beyond came from Harvey Phillips. Harvey was the first chairman of what was then known as the North American Chapter of T.U.B.A. and later served two consecutive terms as President. He was also one of three honorary life members from the inception of the organization; his two honored colleagues were the late William J. Bell and the late Arnold Jacobs. The key event that propelled the T.U.B.A. forward in its early years was conceived and organized by Harvey, and it occurred here on this campus in 1973 – the first national symposium for euphonium and tuba players. Harvey brought together performers, educators, and composers here in Bloomington, setting a standard for the kind of collaboration and camaraderie that we have enjoyed at conferences on a regular basis for nearly forty years. And it is in that spirit that we are all present here today to celebrate the life of one of our most significant founding fathers, former chairman and president, mentor and friend. Harvey was a significant mentor and idea machine throughout his long association with our organization. He continues to inspire us to innovate and re-invent ITEA in order to meet the challenges of changing times, and to reach every euphonium and tuba player from the youngest elementary student to hobbyist players to top professionals around the world. ITEA is honored to be here on this special day to honor both Harvey’s memory and the future that he has inspired.
Deanna Swoboda, ITEA President
Harvey Phillips, TUBACOMPANY and OCTUBAFEST
Norlan Bewley, Host and Conductor
Rock n’ Roll Medley/arr. Norlan Bewley
Tequila/arr. Norlan Bewley
Jacobs School of Music Tuba/Euphonium Choir
Norlan Bewly began:
In 1974, Harvey Phillips created OCTUBAFEST to celebrate the new crop of tuba and euphonium students at Indiana University. This week long series of recitals culminated in a massive Harvey and Carol caliber party with every kind of beer, wine, gourmet food, a 20 foot cheese board, German bands, polka bands, jazz bands, tuba bands, you name it. Well, OCTUBAFEST quickly became an I.U. tradition! Chancellor Herman B. Wells was one of its most ardent supporters and came every year for the rest of his life.
Norlan Bewley conducting the Harvey Phillips Tuba Company
A few months after NYC and now armed with a whole new repertoire, Harvey created a group called the TUBACOMPANY to perform for events, festivals, and parties, which it continues to do to this day.
Harvey Phillips, Tuba Solo Literature
Don Harry, Host
Song for Carol/Alec Wilder
Don Harry, tuba
Piotr Wisniewski, piano
Don Harry commented:
Harvey was probably the only person in the world who knew absolutely everyone in the music business, and was able to commission such an incredible number of works. I wish more people could have had the chance to play duets with him. He could play anything (any style, any clef) and sound like he was born to do it. When I was a kid, I attended the Gunnison Music Camp. That is where I met and was influenced by professional tubists Arnold Jacobs, Bill Bell, Roger Bobo and Harvey Phillips. How could I miss?! Harvey’s presence was such that when you hadn’t seen him for a long time you were immediately returned to the moment when you had last spoken with him. He was a continuous intellect almost without peer. Above all, I think I learned finesse from Harvey. For me there is an ongoing continuity of purpose from him, living among his students and friends, that makes his legacy present tense. We are lucky friends of his.
Harvey Phillips, New York Brass Quintet
Allan Dean, Host
“Allegro” & “Scherzo” from Sonatine for Brass/Eugène Bozza
New York Brass Quintet Recording Golden Crest CR 4023-LP (1959)
Robert Nagel, John Glasel, trumpets; Frederick Schmitt, horn; Keith Brown, trombone; Harvey Phillips, tuba
Allan Dean shared memories of his colleague and friend:
It is an honor for me to be here today representing the New York Brass Quintet. I bring greetings and contributions, by the way, to the Memorial Scholarship Fund from Robert Nagel, John Swallow, Paul Ingraham and Toby Hanks. Harvey was a founding member of the New York Brass Quintet and played in the group from 1954 – 1967. It was only for two years, his last as an active member of the quintet, that we played together.
Every one of those concerts and tours was memorable for me in my young career in New York City. I remember very well the day in 1965 that Harvey took me out to lunch across the street from the new Lincoln Center and convinced me in no uncertain terms that I had to join the New York Brass Quintet.
Harvey wrote a good deal about the NY Quintet’s early days in the 1950s. He wrote about how most of the early music, published so importantly by Robert King, was four-part, and that by adding the tuba one octave lower on the bottom line it so enriched the sound. How in 1954 Robert Nagel settled on the personnel and the name New York Brass Quintet evolving out of the larger NY Brass Ensemble at the Juilliard School in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s. How the group honed its concert routine playing Young Audience concerts from 1954-58. How the many college concerts that followed gave the tuba exposure and generated interest in adding full time tuba positions at so many institutions. And how the 30 years of this first brass quintet inspired and encouraged the growth of brass chamber music both in terms of the number of ensembles and in developing a loyal, supporting audience. From the very beginning, Harvey was an integral part of the genesis of the brass quintet.
Upon recommendation of Robert Nagel and John Swallow, both now 87 and unable to attend the ceremony, Allan Dean read an article that John wrote for the Chamber Music America publication upon Harvey’s passing last October, titled “An Appreciation.”
The audience then enjoyed a performance of two movements from Bozza’s Sonatine from a 1957 recording, one of the first recordings of the New York Brass Quintet.
Harvey Phillips, Tuba in the Spotlight
Brian Bowman, Host
TubaSanta Suite 1/arr. Norlan Bewley
Santa Wants a Tuba for Christmas/arr. Norlan Bewley
Special surprise guest will sing for Harvey
Jacobs School of Music Tuba Santas
Norlan Bewley, Conductor
Following the the story of how TUBACHRISTMAS originated (which will be included in the upcoming Harvey Phillips autobiography), Brian Bowman commented:
I’ve had the sincere honor of coordinating and conducting TUBACHRISTMAS concerts in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, and Dallas-Fort Worth. I’ve also participated in many of these events and remember some very cold times. When playing on the Ellipse in front of the White House, Harvey would say to the audience, “Although the weather is cold, we are warmed by your presence.” This phrase, “we are warmed by your presence,” has become a familiar saying in our family. As well, during each TubaChristmas event Harvey would talk about the importance of gratitude and remembrance and that “we stand on the shoulders of all who have led the way before us.”
The TUBAJAZZ Consort
Matteson/Phillips TUBAJAZZ Consort
David Baker, Host
Georgia on my Mind/Hoagy Charmichael (arr. Rich Matteson)
Back Home in Indiana/Ballard Macdonald (arr. Manny Albam)
Paul Weikle, Marcus Dickman, Gail Robertson, euphonium
Jim Self, Dan Perantoni, Winston Morris, tuba
Jack Petersen, guitar
Luke Gillespie, piano
Jeremy Allen, bass
Michael D’Angelo, drums
David Baker introducing the Phillips TUBAJAZZ Consort
Harvey Phillips, A Worldwide Musical Influence
Daniel Perantoni, Host
Chitate Kagawa, Special Guest
From Sapporo, Japan, Chitate Kagawa shared his memories of Harvey and his influence as a mentor and a friend:
Good afternoon everyone. My name is Chitate Kagawa and I come from Sapporo, Japan. It is my pleasure to be here.
…I was fortunate enough to be sent to study abroad from the department of Japanese Cultural Affairs in 1973, at which time I studied with Mr. Phillips for nine months. At the time, my playing level was not high and I couldn’t speak English well. However, everything Mr. Phillips taught me or guided me through was well-conceived and at a very high level for most Japanese tuba players at the time.
…One time Mr. Phillips told me: Chitate, throw a stone in the middle of the pond and see how the waves will expand in all directions. This idea was dreamed upon and later became the Hokkaido Euphonium Tuba Association, founded in Sapporo in 1981 – and our camp has been successful ever since. Since 1984, there has been a unique competition for the tuba at our camp entitled “The Harvey G. Phillips Tuba Solo Competition.” It is a great honor for young students to receive the Harvey G. Phillips Tuba Solo Competition award.
Our camp in Sapporo became the site for the 1990 International Tuba Euphonium Conference. This was the first TUBA Conference to be held outside of the United States. It was a very successful conference and it became a milestone for Japanese tuba & euphonium players.
These were only some of my experiences since I first met Mr. Phillips in 1973. Now we need to remember all of the great things he has given us. As a teacher, an orchestral player, a music publisher, and in many other ways, Mr. Phillips was the person who led us to achieve great things on our instruments. We will miss him very much, but we will forever love him deeply.
Harvey Phillips, Tuba Shepard
R. Winston Morris, Daniel Perantoni, Conductors
Massed Ensemble Program
Bach Air/J. S. Bach (arr. Harvey Phillips)
Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral/Richard Wagner (arr. Gail Robertson)
Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite/Karl King
Come, Sweet Death!/Johann Sebastian Bach(arr. Eddie Sauter)
“Come, Sweet Death” arranged by Ed Sauter, May 26, 1973, for the conclusion of the First International Tuba Symposium-Workshop Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana Dedicated to the memory of William J. Bell
Harvey’s Ensemble of Friends
Winston Morris Began:
I recently wrote somewhere that meeting Harvey Phillips for the first time is like stepping into the middle of a tornado! You either go along for the ride or get ripped to pieces. Fortunately for me, when I first met Harvey circa forty years ago, we were both headed in the same direction. So I was more than delighted to “go along for the ride.”
Harvey was and is and always will be larger than life. His total dedication to his art was a source of inspiration to everyone who knew and worked with him on any of the innumerable projects that exploded in his brain. I think this was another one of those things that he and I have in common. I recently wrote that if you believe in something you must fight like hell for it and not allow anyone or anything to obstruct your objectives. I learned from Harvey that only people standing idly by get their toes stepped on. Then they will be the first ones most likely to complain about what you’re doing while they are doing nothing but being an obstacle. There were no doubt some people who did not have a clue what it was that was motivating Harvey. I can tell you from endless hours of personal observation that Harvey was never motivated by ego. His goals were way too sophisticated to be designed to elevate any one person’s self esteem. His objective was to do everything he possibly could to create opportunities for the tuba and the tubist and to advance the image of the tuba in the eyes of the music world and the audience at large. It would have been way too simple for someone of Harvey’s intellect and dedication to have merely focused on their own career. He was always thinking of the greater challenge and how what he was doing impacted that intention.
Finally, after all is said about Harvey Phillips, the second world’s greatest tuba artist, above and beyond all of his incredible professional accomplishments who very few individuals could ever dream of matching, his love of and dedication to his family ultimately defines the wonderful human being that he is. Lucky Harvey: he had his cake and ate it too and deserves it!
Harvey’s Ensemble of Friends