Lloyd Bone, Associate Editor
Tuba Professor Receives Major Honor
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Congratulation to Tennessee Technological University Professor of Tuba and Euphonium R. Winston Morris who just received the Goldman Memorial Citation from the American Bandmasters Association (ABA). The purpose of the award is to honor the memory of Edwin Franko Goldman, the founder, first president, and honorary life president of the ABA. The award also strives to recognize those outside of the membership of the ABA who have rendered outstanding service in the interest of bands, band music and music education in America. The award was given for the first time in 1962. This most prestigious award has also been given to Harvey Phillips, Philip Farkas, Carl “Doc” Severinsen, Vincent Bach, William F. Ludwig Sr., and many highly respected composers and musicians.
Tuba Professor Elected to the Position of Director
Congratulation to University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Tuba and Euphonium John Stevens who has been elected to the position of Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. He will begin serving in this capacity at the beginning of the 2011–2012 academic year. John has been on the UW-Madison School of Music faculty since 1985 and
previously served a 5-year term as Director from 1991–1996. He will continue to be the tubist with the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, faculty ensemble-in-residence, and teach at the graduate level. Undergraduate students will be taught by UW-Madison DMA candidates Stephanie Frye
(tubas) and Matthew Mireles (euphoniums).
Tubist/Composers Well Represented at Recent Southwest CBDNA Conference
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Sam Pilafian and Jim Self, both internationally recognized tubists, were recently featured composers at the College Band Directors’ National Association Southwest Division Conference held on the campus of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Under the direction of Eric Rombach-Kendall, the University of New Mexico Wind Symphony performed Tour de Force by Mr. Self and premiered a new work by Mr. Pilafian titled Bones of Contention: A New York Legend for Two Solo Trombones and Wind Ensemble. Tour de Force was composed by Jim Self for the Pacific Symphony to celebrate that orchestra’s first European tour. It was subsequently re-orchestrated for winds. Sam Pilafian wrote Bones of Contention for soloists Joseph Alessi and Marshall Gilkes, and the two artists took part in the premiere.
45th Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble Anniversary
The 45th Anniversary Reunion of the establishment of the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble will be held on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2011 on the Tennessee Tech University campus in Cookeville, Tennessee. The reunion will be held simultaneously with the Fall 2011 Tennessee Tech University Homecoming celebration on Nov. 5. All former members of the TTTE and all guests will be most welcome to attend the public performance to be presented on Nov. 4 at 7:30 pm. The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble featuring special alumni guest soloists and the 45th Anniversary Reunion Alumni Ensemble, “The Tubas Unlimited,” will perform followed by a late-night Tuba Hang at a local establishment. For additional information check the TTTE website at: http://orgs.tntech.edu/tuba/.
The Harvey Phillips Festival of Friends Celebration
On Saturday, October 15, 2011 3:00 p. m. Indiana, The Harvey Phillips Festival of Friends Celebrationwill take place at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. All former students of Phillips’s, I. U. alumni, and friends are cordially invited to attend this Phillips tribute.
A performance featuring tributes utilizing the talents of various individuals will recognize Harvey Innovations like OCTUBAFEST, TUBA SANTAS, TUBAJAZZ CONSORT, a Brass Quintet and a Mass Tuba Ensemble in addition to commentary from colleagues.
Dan Perantoni, Professor of Tuba at the Jacobs School of Music, is coordinating all events and will shortly release information with more specifics. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for October 15. Check the I. U. tuba website and other sources for additional information as it is released. If you knew Harvey, like those closest knew Harvey, then you will definitely want to be there.
Prevailing Winds Features Great Brass Performances
Prevailing Winds is a radio program produced in Alaska that features wonderful brass performances as well as many great wind ensembles and concert bands. Their June playlist included the dynamite tuba quartet Sotto Voce, tubist Andy Scott, euphonium soloist Steven Mead, the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony and many other great professional soloists, ensembles and collegiate ensembles. The program can also be found of the web (kdlg.org/index.php) and for more information please contact Bob Madeson at email@example.com.
New Music and Some Antique Instruments
U. K. Euphoniumist Charley Brighton has just released some recordings of new music and antique instruments. Featured is a 1954 Martin sousaphone, a 1891 Highams five-valve euphonium, a 1920 Besson four-valve enharmonic euphonium, and a 1980 B&H Imperial euphonium. The recordings also feature Ken Friedrich’s Concerto No. 1 for Euphonium and Winds. To hear the recordings go to www.youtube.com/profile?user=highams#p/a/u/0/99llXb6bjVg and www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?songs=159069&T=6372
Euphoniumist Elected to Continue as Chair
Euphoniumist Lloyd E. Bone Jr. has been elected to continue as Chair of the Glenville State College (GSC) Department of Fine Arts. The GSC Department of Fine Arts faculty elected him to serve his 5th year as department chair. Glenville State College is located in Central West Virginia. Lloyd has been at GSC for seven years and will continue with his duties as Assistant Professor and Director of Bands.
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Concert Review: Sotto Voce performs 2011 Army Tuba-Euphonium Conference
Editor’s Note: The following review was submitted for publication by Mark Carlson. The Journal welcomes such reviews of notable concert performances. If you would like to submit and/or a similar review, please contact Lloyd Bone, Associate Editor for ITEA News at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was very happy to see that Sotto Voce was on the artist list for the U. S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and they did not disappoint. This quartet continues to be one of the most expressive and exciting chamber groups around, and certainly a must-see for tubists and euphoniumists. Sotto Voce kicked off their performance with tubist Dr. Mike Forbes’ adaptation of Eric Ewazen’s brass quintet piece, Western Fanfare. The piece made an excellent opener for the well-attended afternoon concert, and Forbes’ adaptation was pitch-perfect. Next up was Anthony Plog’s substantial five-part work Fantasy Movements. This piece showed off the group’s interpretive skills and unity of style, even with substitute F tubist Dr. Kent Eshelman, who had gamely agreed to sit in for usual member Nat McIntosh.
The centerpiece of the program was Mike Forbes’ new work, Bridge. Forbes is a prolific composer and is responsible for a significant percentage of the tuba-euphonium ensemble repertoire, and so it comes as no surprise that he would be commissioned to write a tuba quartet for a man who wanted to honor the life of his mother. The title, Bridge, is both a description of the path to the afterlife as well as the nickname of the woman in whose memory the piece was commissioned. Forbes was compelled to stretch his compositional talents when he was asked to include a countertenor to sing text for the piece’s outer movements. The result was, without a doubt, outstanding. Singing Latvian lyrics written by Bridge in her last months, the countertenor part was performed expertly and passionately by Dr. Andrew Rosenfeld, a colleague of Sotto Voce euphoniumist Dr. Mark Carlson at Mount St. Mary’s University. Bridge manages to capture Forbes’ unique style while still clearly exploring new, more serious territory. The work was very well received and will hopefully become a mainstay in Sotto Voce’s repertoire.
Sotto Voce opened the second half of their program with Take This Hammer, an excellent somewhat-recent addition to the repertoire by Steven Snowden. This very rhythmically driven piece showcased the group’s technical skills. The next selection, Three Pieces by Paquito D’Rivera (adapted for tuba quartet by Mike Forbes) featured Kent Eshelman on a fantastic improvised jazz solo. They concluded with Consequences, Mike Forbes’ immensely popular original work for tuba quartet. Many groups have performed this piece, but it is always a special experience to hear a composer perform his own music. As always, it was a pleasure listening to Sotto Voce, and I very much look forward to hearing them again.
~Dr. Jamie Lipton, Henderson State University
Internet Pick of the Quarter
drtubafun (Jeffrey Funderburk and the University of Northern Iowa’s Tuba-Euphonium Studio) http://www.youtube.com/user/drtubafun
For the first time, the news column’s Internet Pick of the Quarter (first initiated by associate editor Joe Skillen) is a YOUTUBE channel. Jeffrey Funderburk and the University of Northern Iowa’s Tuba-Euphonium Studio channel is filled with numerous educational, performance, and masterclass videos. Check it out, you’ll love it!