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Ensemble of Tubas and Percussions of The National Italian Military Band
Information provided by Renzo Tomo Compiled and edited by Jason Smith
It seems at an ever-increasing pace, more tuba and euphonium activity is emerging to the forefront throughout the world. With newly formed Internet resources and a growing number of educational activities, conferences, and festivals, more and more communication is occurring regarding the continued development of our instruments. Recently, I was in correspondence with Renzo Tomo, a member of the National Italian Military Band. Since here in the United States no one can miss the fact that our military colleagues are a MAJOR component of tuba-euphonium related activities (e.g. the highly active Four Star Brass, Army Band Conference, numerous soloists such as Jason Ham, Roger Behrend, etc.), I thought it would be interesting for ITEA members to learn a bit about similar activity, military service related, occurring abroad.
The Italian tuba/euphonium ensemble CIAO EUPHONIUM was born with a common passion among low brass musicians from the National Italian Military Band, and this passion was for the great array of sonorities obtained from their tubas and other similar instruments. The prestigious Italian Military Music Corps provides some of Italy’s best musicians with great performing and educational opportunities, some of which recently have included master classes with Steven Mead (England) and Patrick Sheridan (USA).
The group’s repertoire is primarily comprised of transcriptions of the most popular music from musical literature and additional original compositions written for this ensemble. In both cases, percussion instruments are placed side by side, and in numerous occasions a soloist is also featured.
The group is constantly active in numerous artistic, cultural, and government venues. Their debut performance occurred on June 2, 1999 in the Gardens of the Quirinale (Residence of the President of the Italian Republic) in Rome. The ensemble is also regularly featured in performing Italy’s National Hymn modified by the M. Fulvio Creux (director, Italian National Military Band) and often called to produce concerts for the Head of State and Ministers of various foreign countries. Other recent performances have included various musical programs on Italian television and organized educational presentations for the schools of Rome.
The members are Giuseppe Buono (euphonium), Renzo Tomo (euphonium/ baritone), Maurizio Garofano (euphonium/ baritone), Sergio Cesolini (E-flat tuba), Carmelo Triscari (B-flat tuba), and Aristide Tomassetti (percussion). Individual bios are provided below.
|Born in Sicily in 1963, Giuseppe Buono (euphonium) began studying euphonium independently and after having developed in various ensembles. He was enrolled as an officer in the military following acceptance into the National Military Band. He has continued with studies, and has participated on recent masterclasses by Steven Mead, Patrick Sheridan, Jacques Mauger, and Rex Martin.As a featured soloist, he has recently performed the aria “Di Provenza il mar, il suol” (from Verdi’s opera La Traviata) on May 10, 2001 for the Celebrations “Verdiane at Parma,” the “Aria di Sarastro” (from Mozart’s The Magical Flute) on August 31st 2004 at the “Parco della Music” in Rome for the “Celebrations Mozartiane,” and “The air of church” by Alessandro Stradella performed on October 12, 2004 in the Cathedral of St. Patrick in New York.
As a founding member of CIAO EUPHONIUM, he also continues his participation with other Italian bands and contests, which include Stanislau Silesu of Samassi, Ennio Porrino of Elmas, and with the Ferentino (FR) city musical band. He also performs with the Orchestra di Fiati dell’ Unione Musicale Ciociara.
Also a founding member of CIAO EUPHONIUM, Renzo Tomo was born in 1964 in Albano Laziale (Rome). At nine he began to play the trumpet with the Band of Pavona (RM), and at thirteen he was called to play in the Fanfare of the Bersagliei in Rome, where he started to study trumpet with teacher Franco Oppedisano. In 1982 he won the Contest of the Military School Officers, where he received his musician specialization and entered the Military Band as 1st Trumpet in B-flat Basso. He continued to study theory and harmony in the conservatory of Salerno. From 1990 to 1996 he directed the Civic Band “V. Bellini” of Pavona (Rome).
Eventually though, the euphonium became Renzo’s favorite instrument. Beginning studies on his own, then participating in master classes by Steven Mead, Patrick Sheridan, and Rex Martin. In 1997, he was the winner of the baritone position in the Military Band, which he performs today.
Currently, he also participates in various ensembles, including the L’Union Musicale Ciociara and the Ferentino Band (Frosinone).
Maurizio Garofalo was born in Jesi (Ancona) in 1973, and he has studied trombone at the Conservatory “G.Rossini” of Pesaro, graduating with the maximum number of votes. In 1994, he was the recipient of the Foundation “G. Rossini” Scholarship. Teaching music for 6 years at the Commune of Staffolo (Ancona), he has also studied orchestration at the Foundation Arthur Toscanini of Parma and also the institution lyric experimental of Spoleto, while as a performer participating in other courses and master classes held by noted artists that include Roger Bobo, Michel Bequet, and Andrea Conti.
Remaining quite active, he has collaborated with the orchestras of the Theatre dell’Opera of Rome, Foundation Arthur Toscanini of Parma, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Institution Lyric Experimental G. Belli of Spoleto, “G. Verdi” of Milan, Regional Orchestra of the Lazio, Symphonic Orchestra of Sanremo, Rossigni Opera Festival, Macerata Opera Festival, Pro- Art Marche, Symphonic Orchestra of Perugina, Orchestra Symphonic in Rome, and the Theatre alla Scala in Milan.
In 2000 he was selected for the baritone position in the Italian Military Band Contest and in the Marina Military Band (2005).
Sergio Cesolini began tuba study young, graduating in 1999 from the Conservatory of Music of Salerno with the direct guide of the L. Leonardi. He has worked with different Italian orchestras, including the Lyric Theatre of Cagliari, the Theatre dell’ Opera in Rome, and Orchestra Regional of the Lazio. In 1999, as part of military service, he first performed with the National Military Band, and, in the same year, he won the position in the Italian Juvenile Orchestra. In 2004, he was the winner of the tuba position for the National Military Band. He has also played with various kinds of instrumental formations, including the brass quintet Eurottoni.
Born in Celano (Aquila) in 1963, Aristide Tomassetti began studies of the trumpet under his father Luigi (director of the local Band), later continuing at the Conservatory “A. Casella” of Aquila, where he achieved his diploma in 1984. Joining the Army in 1985, he was assigned to the Military Band as a percussionist. He has an incurable passion for these instruments, which has brought him to continue in his particular studies with his brother Alexander, teacher at the Conservatory in Aquila. In 1997, he won a percussion position in the National Military Band.
If you would like to learn more about CIAO EUPHONIUM, contact group member Renzo Tomo at email@example.com. They would love hearing from you!