ITEA Elections Results

It is our sincere pleasure to announce the results of the ITEA elections that closed on March 31.

Jerry Young

Our new Vice-President/ President- Elect will be Dr. Jerry Young. Jerry brings many years of experience with our organization, twice serving in the role of Journal Editor. He has a keen understanding of the history of ITEA/TUBA and has for years been an energetic proponent of the organization. It will be great to have Jerry on board once again, serving in a leadership capacity. On behalf of the Board, I offer Jerry our most sincere congratulations!

The initiative to expand the Board of ITEA passed overwhelmingly. The new board will consist of the following individuals, all of whom are eager to go to work on behalf of the organization:

Deanna Swoboda- President
Jerry Young- Vice-President/ President-elect
David Zerkel- Past-President
TBD- Secretary
TBD- Treasurer
Adam McFarlin- Executive Director (ex-officio)
Scott Hanson- Business representative
Pat Stuckemeyer- Business representative
Adam Frey- Euphonium at-large representative
Patricio Consentino- International representative
Jens-Bjørn Larsen- International representative
Chris Carbone- Legal representative
Mark Jenkins- Military Band representative
Kathy Brantigan- Non-profit representative
Jeffrey Anderson- Orchestral representative
Jason Smith- Publications representative
Stephanie Frye- Student representative
Joe Skillen- Tuba at-large representative
Kevin Wass- Tuba at-large representative

ITEA Journal Editor Ben Pierce

Benjamin Pierce

Congratulations to Dr. Benjamin Pierce, who will become the next editor of the ITEA Journal beginning with the fall issue of Volume 39. Ben is a member of the music faculty at the University of Arkansas, where he teaches applied tuba and euphonium and directs the tuba-euphonium ensemble. He holds a bachelors degree in euphonium performance from Bowling Green State University and a masters degree in tuba performance from Michigan. He has performed with several major ensembles including the Detroit Symphony, the Detroit Chamber Brass, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, the Toledo Symphony, and the Flint Symphony. He has frequently been a featured soloist with the Toledo Concert Band, served as principal tubist of the Ann Arbor Symphony and the Ann Arbor Brass Quintet, and is currently principal tubist of the Northwest Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He is also a founding member of Boston Mountain Brassworks, the University of Arkansas faculty brass quintet. Ben has performed several guest recitals and masterclasses in the United States and abroad. He has also performed concerti with numerous international ensembles, including the Tokyo Symphony, the Oulu Symphony of Finland, and the Friuli Veneziano Giulia Symphony Orchestra of northern Italy.

We are very excited to have Ben assume this position. For additional information on Dr. Pierce, please visit his website at

John White British Composition-Recording Project

(L-R) Melvyn Poore and Jay Rozen, tubas, John White, composer, conductor and organist, Les Lake and Geraldine O’Reilly, euphoniums, John Elliott (closest to camera) and Andy Kershaw, contrabass tubas

John White is a prolific British composer, who is also a skilled tuba player. He has
 written many works for various combinations of tubas and other instruments, including pieces called “Machines” which were the first examples of his own invention, “System Music.” He composed Cello and Tuba Machine, the longest piece ever written for tuba and cello!

New York tubist Jay Rozen has long been an admirer of John White’s music, and at the end of last year approached London tubist John Elliott to inquire about the feasibility of assembling a group of tuba players to record some of Mr. White’s pieces for multiple tubas. This proved to be possible, and, during a week in April, four tubas, two euphoniums, a singer, and John White himself got together in Doz Studios in Tunbridge Wells, a delightful countryside location 40 miles south of London, to prepare a CD.

The personnel involved were Melvyn Poore and Jay Rozen, tubas, John White, composer, conductor and organist, Les Lake and Geraldine O’Reilly, euphoniums, John Elliott and Andy Kershaw, contrabass tubas. Lynton Black sang the Bass-Baritone part in the Morgenstern Songs for two tubas and Baritone Voice. Andy the recording engineer also managed to get into the picture, adjusting a stand while the photo was taken.

Jay flew in from New York City to take part, and Melvyn came over from Cologne, Germany. The pieces recorded were Sonatinas I and II for Two Tubas, 5 Allegories On The Banks of the Nile for tuba trio, Morgenstern Songs for two tubas and bass-baritone, and Symphony for Six Tubas and Organ. We got everything recorded in three days, including a live concert to celebrate John White’s 75th birthday, at which we played everything except the Symphony. It is all very approachable music, written by someone who knows the tuba from a player’s point of view, as well as that of an expert composer.
The recording should be out later this year, and will be sent to the ITEA Journal for review.

Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop Announces 2011 Composition Contest Prizewinners

CAMPBELL, CA – Tony Clements, Director of the Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop, announced the 2011 Composition Contest winners on Monday, April 18, 2011.

For an unprecedented sixth consecutive year, John Palmer from Kingston, Ontario won the first place prize of US$2000 with his octet titled “Courtiers and Commoners.” Michael Mikulka, of Sandyston, NJ, took second place, winning US$1000 for “Suite for Brass Octet.” The US$500 third place prize was awarded to Dan Hanson of Chattanooga, TN, for “Dreams.” Richard Frazier of San Francisco, CA received Honorable Mention recognition for “Scenes From A Life”, composed in memory of David Waters (1940-2010), bass trombonist of the Houston Symphony for over 40 years. Markku Viitasaari of Seinäjoki, Finland also received Honorable Mention recognition for his “Small Town Suite.” Mikulka also won second prize recognition in 2009.

The contest focused on original 10-12 minute works for college-level brass octet. All qualifying entries were played and evaluated using a blind audition process by representatives of the workshop coaching staff and other California professional brass musicians. Amateur musicians will perform this year’s contest submissions in a workshop format during the July 2011 Brass Chamber Music Workshop at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.

“We have once again added wonderful music to our library,” said Clements. “I am especially excited by the strong response of composers to our call to create new music for brass ensembles. Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to all the fine composers who submitted works. Please look for a spring announcement of our next contest.”

The Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop is held each summer in two one-week sessions. 2011 sessions are scheduled for July 17-July 23 and July 24-July 30. Activities include: daily chamber ensemble rehearsals coached by some of the West Coast’s finest brass musicians; daily performances by participants; brass choir reading sessions; abundant freelance playing time; special-interest sessions on brass-related topics; and spectacular California North Coast scenery.

For further information regarding the Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop or the Composition Contest visit

16th Hamamatsu Wind Instrument Academy & Festival

From July 30th to August 3rd the 16th Hamamatsu Wind and Instrument Academy and Festival will be held in Hamamatsu, Japan. The tuba guest artist is Yamaha performing artist Sergio Carolino. The event will include lessons that will be given in two types of forms: One-on-one and group. The individual lessons will be given for 40 minutes, and four times per student. All lessons will be with piano accompaniment. Students will be allowed to audit the lessons of other students. In addition, practice rooms will also be provided. There will be a premium concert, and it will be performed by selected students. One student from each class will be selected for the premium concert. It will be held on Wednesday, August 3, 2011. All faculty will perform on a gala concert on Monday, August 1st. For more information visit


A new method book for euphonium has just been released entitled Rangesongs by David Vining. Mr. Vining says, “Rangesongs helps you develop your high and low ranges by using target notes in a musical context to encourage you to move your air properly. It contains 105 original etudes, each with a specific target note. Practice the etudes with the target note in the range you wish to develop, moving the target note higher or lower as your range improves. This allows you to systematically develop your range and endurance over time, using musical phrasing as your tool. It makes building range and endurance easy; simply identify your target note, follow the phrasing suggestions and before you know it, you will achieve peak performance!” The book is available at Mountain Peak Music, along with many other fantastic brass items. Please visit their website at

International Euphonium Institute Festival

From June 19¬–25 at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, the International Euphonium Institute (IEI) Festival will take place. Guests artists this year include Norwegian International Euphonium soloist Tormad Flaten, Yamaha tuba performing artist Sérgio Carolino, euphonium soloist Gail Robertson, euphonium soloist Brian Meixner, The United States Army Band (“Pershing’s Own) Principal Euphonium Donald Palmire, tuba soloist Stacy Baker and the host and International Euphonium Soloist Adam Frey. New this year is the IEI Festival Solo Competition and the Symbiosis Duo Duet Competition. For more information go to:

New Sérgio Carolino Recordings and Tuba Concerto Premiere

Yamaha tuba performing artist Sérgio Carolino has just released two new CDs and has three more to be released in the next months!
In February, he released the second recording of his quartet The Postcard Brass Band called POP&ROLL (Mário Marques, soprano and tenor saxophones), Rúben da Luz (trombone), Sérgio Carolino (lusophone LUCIFER) and Michael Lauren (drums) [ recorded on Loft Records 2011, visit Mr. Carolino said concerning the recording: “This CD makes the beginning of my new and unique instrument which I called at first Lusophone and later, because of his terrific sound I call it – LUCIFER. This instrument was inspired on Oren Marshall’s “Orenophone” and has been built by North American talented brass maker, Tim Sullivan (who lives in Switzerland) and Harold Hartman from Harvs Happy Horns [visit

Internet Pick of the Quarter

Thomas Ruedi
This clean and easy to read website features Swiss euphonium soloist Thomas Ruedi. The website features his upcoming performances, a music section that is divided into several categories (soloist, arranger, composer and conductor), an education section that includes some of his daily studies and routines, some of his musical partners and contact information.