ITEA 2013 Elections for President-Elect/Vice-President CANDIDATE INFORMATION

ITEA 2013 Elections for President-Elect/Vice-President


Marty Erickson

Dr. Mark Nelson


Marty Erickson is currently the Instructor of Tuba, Euphonium and Chamber Music at Lawrence University. Formerly, he was principal tubist with the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. and served on the faculties of Penn State, Eastern Michigan, and UW-Milwaukee Universities. He is principal Eb tubist with the Brass Band of Battle Creek and a founding member of the Millennium Brass Quintet and Tuba-Percussion duo Balance.

Marty has performed as a soloist/clinician throughout Europe, South America, Japan, Scandinavia, China, the United Kingdom, Cuba, and 48 of the 50 United States. He has performed with the Boston Pops, the National Symphony, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra (with performances at Carnegie Hall and the J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony, the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He soloed numerous times at the U. S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference and will play a solo recital in Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall) in March, 2013.

In addition to his solo jazz CDs You and I, My Very Good Friend and Smile, Marty is on over fifty recordings of orchestra, concert band, brass band, Dixieland, jazz, folk, and children’s music. He is Past-President of the ITEA (then TUBA) and has been featured at numerous ITECs. He is the Adjudication Chairman for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival.

Marty is a clinician/design consultant for Willson tubas and performs on the Willson 3400S Eb Tuba, the 3100S BBb Tubas and the Erickson Signature mouthpieces.

MARTY ERICKSON: Candidate Statement
I have been associated with ITEA since its inception and have great admiration and appreciation for the group of dedicated musicians that keep us viable and moving forward. During my first term on the Executive Committee of ITEA (then TUBA), I was proud of serving one of our largest membership bases and seeing great progress, but it’s time to look forward to new possibilities with energy and purpose!

My sole reason for running for a second term is because I feel that my 40+ years of experience can help energize I.T.E.A. to realize and achieve its full potential. I feel a genuine responsibility to make a worthwhile contribution out of respect to our visionary predecessors and future leaders. I have been fortunate to travel the world regularly and meet many talented, caring people who share new ideas and are willing to support their passion with action. Below are a just a few ideas for improving our growth.

•Explore more options for translating our online Journal in order to have our website available in multiple languages. We are making progress but need to be more and more inclusive.

•The ITEA Journal could add regional contributing editors for all overseas members so that in each country, their ITEA website could reflect the activities more relevant to their part of the world.

•Set up high quality webcasts of euphonium and tuba concerts from around the world with e-notifications to members.

•Webcast select ITEC events for members who cannot attend. This will require a conversation about performing rights, artist permission, etc. but is very possible. The extra attention could help gain more attention for presenters and performers, drawing more activity and possible sales to individual websites.

•Establish independent committees such as: Health and Wellness, College Pedagogy Committee, Composers Committee, Auditions Committee, Education Committee, Technology Committee, etc., with each tasked to meet and do a presentation at ITECs or regional conferences as a focal/completion point for their activity. Right now, all committees listed on the website are honorary/lifetime status based. We MUST have more people involved and take ownership!

As a tubist, I’ll be sensitive to the needs of our euphonium members, just as I have as a founding member of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival for 28 years. Since two of my mentors were euphonium players, and my tuba teacher was Ed Livingston, who helped plant the seed of an international “tuba club,” I want to honor their memories in service to the instruments they loved.

It is my thought that we need to continue to enhance and empower the way we communicate. More importantly, it would be my goal to strengthen the way we follow through with our good ideas. We’ve had brainstorming from agile minds, but need to increase the success rate of growing those seeds to maturity with constant support, accountability, and action. We really need to hear our full memberships’ ideas and ACT on them. The office of Vice President/President Elect needs to go beyond mere stewardship and be truly inclusive for all. I am humbled by the opportunity to serve ITEA again, and I thank those folks who thought I was deserving of the nomination.

DR. MARK NELSON: Biography

Dr. Mark Nelson enjoys a career spanning over thirty years as a tubist, educator, and administrator. He has premiered over thirty new works for tuba and written many tuba ensemble arrangements, a book, over 250 music and recording reviews, and articles and interviews in many journals and magazines. He has presented many recitals and master classes in Austria, Australia, Canada, England, Japan, and the U.S. He continues as the New Materials editor for the ITEA Journal, served on the Executive Board of ITEA as Secretary from 1995-1997, and was also the General News Editor from 1985-1990. He served three terms as Vice-President for Professional Development for the Arizona Music Educators Association. As a member of AMEA, Dr. Nelson was awarded the George C. Wilson Leadership Award in 2007 and the Excellence in Music Administration Award in 2011.

Dr. Nelson has appeared as an artist performer at many International Tuba Euphonium Conferences. He was a co-host of ITEC 2010. There he was presented with the Clifford Bevan Award for Meritorious Work in Low Brass Scholarship

Currently on the faculty of Pima Community College as Chair of Performing Arts and Director of Bands, Dr. Nelson previously held positions at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, Millikin University, and the University of Vermont. Dr. Nelson’s education includes the BA from Point Loma Nazarene University, the LTCL from Trinity School of Music, London, the MM and DMA degrees from Arizona State University, and the M.Ed. from the University of Vermont.

Dr. Mark Nelson: Candidate Statement
I am deeply honored to be chosen as a candidate for Vice-President/President Elect for the International Tuba Euphonium Association. As a long standing member of ITEA, I note with pride the growth and positive changes our organization has made over the years. As my biography suggests, I have been involved with the organization for many years as a former member of the executive board, an associate editor of the ITEA Journal for 28 consecutive years, a recitalist at many of the international conferences, the head judge for the junior solo tuba competition, co-host of the 2010 ITEC, and concurrently as a life-long educator, performer, and administrator.

I believe the International Tuba Euphonium Association is at a crucial point in its history. As we prepare to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first conference and reorganization of what ITEA is today, it is amazing to see how far we have come in a relatively short period of time. We now have a robust and interactive web site, a professionally produced quarterly journal, membership around the globe, more choices of professional quality instruments, and young tuba and euphonium players that are among the best prepared musicians our organization has ever seen.

Despite all of these advances, it is a fact that our membership continues to have only a modest percentage of the thousands and thousands of tuba and euphonium enthusiasts from every corner of the planet. National tuba and euphonium organizations outside of the United States have more members in their parent country than ITEA has. We must do more to encourage ITEA membership to our potential constituents and at the same time, listen to and represent current members’ concerns to make this a truly global organization.

If elected, one of my goals is to reach out in a robust fashion to potential members that have occasionally been overlooked. These groups include the thousands of amateur players in so many community-based orchestras, bands, and chamber groups that may not know about our organization and its benefits. We should include in our publications more opportunities for our amateurs to be spotlighted and encourage them to attend and perform at our regional and international conferences. Another underrepresented group is our secondary school low brass players. With our student membership incentives and our interactive web site, we must reach out to them through their directors and private instructors and offer our association benefits at a modest cost through an easily accessible membership enrollment process.

Another goal is to work with the ITEA executive board to continue to push for a multi-language format for our journal and web site. The technology is largely already available as evidenced by Steven Mead’s exceptional ITEC 2012 web site. It is difficult to attract international members with an English-only format for all of our publications. These goals and ongoing work with the executive board representing you are some of my passions for our organization.

I am confident that together, we can move forward making ITEA a truly international association with benefits for all members. The executive board and especially the president serve you. An open door, returned phone calls and emails, and transparency are always key factors in a well-run organization, and I practice them every day. My administrative background and decades of performing and teaching experience as a soloist, orchestral player, and conductor have all contributed to make me a proven leader willing to serve this organization with all of my time, energy, and expertise. I hope and believe these skills over a thirty year career have earned your trust as your next Vice-President/President Elect.