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Dr. Justin Benavidez has accepted a tuba faculty position at the Round Top Summer Music Festival and Institute in Round Top, Texas. The Round Top Festival is one of the premier summer orchestral and chamber training programs in the United States. Dr. Benavidez is excited to join a renowned faculty and will begin teaching there in June.
Toby Furr has won a euphonium position in the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band. At the end of May, Furr will report for a nine-week course of basic training, after which he will begin playing with the band. Furr is originally from Dallas, Texas. Before graduating from Lake Highlands High School in 2009, he received the John Philip Sousa Band Award and was named principal euphonium in the Texas 5A All-State Band. He is currently pursuing a degree in euphonium performance at the University of North Texas in Denton. At UNT, he studies with Dr. Brian Bowman and is a member of the UNT Wind Symphony and several chamber ensembles. Furr was the winner of the Leonard Falcone Competition in the Euphonium Student division in 2010 and in the Euphonium Artist division in 2011. Furr will graduate from UNT in May and then begin his duties with the U.S. Army.
Austin Howle has recently won the Principal Tuba position in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Howle will begin playing with the orchestra in the spring as the ensemble prepares to go on a South American tour in April. A native of Oxford, Mississippi, Howle has performed on numerous occasions with the Houston Symphony Orchestra as both a substitute and an extra musician and served as Acting Principal Tuba of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in 2011. As a soloist, Howle gave a performance in the Kennedy Center as part of the 2011 Millennium Stage Conservatory Project. He earned an MM degree from Rice University, where he studied with David Kirk, and a BM from Florida State University, where he studied with Paul Ebbers. Howle has also studied with Chester Schmitz, Joe Sellmansberger, and Scott Watson.
Simon Wildman recently won a tuba position with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C. He will begin playing with the band in May 2013 and will enlist in the Marine Corps as a Staff Sergeant. He has had success in solo competitions in the past year, including the Leonard Falcone, ITEC, and Markneukirchen competitions. He earned a BM from West Virginia University, completed a year of graduate study at Penn State University, earned an MM from Ohio University, and is working to complete coursework for a DMA from the University of Georgia. He is currently adjunct instructor of tuba and euphonium at Young Harris College in Young Harris, GA.
Keith J. Robinson Wins NACUSA TX Composition Competition
Keith J. Robinson, tubist, educator, and composer, recently won the 2012 NACUSA TX, (National Association of Composers, USA, Texas) Composition Competition, awarded at the NACUSA TX annual conference at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas on October 6. The winning composition, entitled The Cat, The Rat, and The Crooked Tail Dog, is a brass trio for trumpet, horn, and tuba. The piece can be heard on YouTube and is available from the composer at www.tuba4u.com as a free downloadable PDF.
Robinson teaches elementary music, directs the First United Methodist Choir, and teaches at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. Additionally, he performs with Hill Country Brass and Oma and the Oompahs. His website, www.tuba4u.com, has provided creative, challenging, fun, free music for tubists around the world since 2008.
Keith Robinson, left, with Dr. Nico Schüler, NACUSA TX Coordinator
Gaudete Brass Showcases New Music on Cedille Records Debut
Gaudete Brass, a youthful Chicago quintet known for its dedication to new music, makes its Cedille Records debut with Chicago Moves, an album of six world-premiere recordings, plus Joan Tower’s Copperwave (Cedille Records CDR 90000 136). The premieres, all written expressly for Gaudete Brass, include James Woodward’s Gaudete (2007), John Cheetham’s Sonata for Brass Quintet (2008), Brian Baxter’sA Great Commercial City (2011), Stacy Garrop’s Helios (2011), Rob Deemer’s Brass (2011), and the title work, David Sampson’s Chicago Moves (2011). Released in November, this CD marks Cedille Records’ first recording featuring a brass ensemble or brass soloists. “This album is designed to showcase the wonderful quality of today’s literature for brass quintet and demonstrate that, as an ensemble, the modern brass quintet has truly arrived,” writes Gaudete trombonist Paul Von Hoff in the CD liner notes.
Founded in Chicago in 2004, Gaudete Brass focuses primarily on new music. The ensemble’s other passion is performing Renaissance music in a historically informed manner on modern instruments, using their own editions of the works. Quintet members are Bill Baxtresser and Ryan Berndt, trumpets, Julia Filson, horn, Paul Von Hoff, trombone, and Scott Tegge, tuba. The quintet has performed at universities and conservatories across the country and in radio broadcasts from Chicago, Nashville, Milwaukee, and other cities. For more information about Gaudete and their newest CD, visit www.gaudetebrass.com.
Fredericton International TubaFest 2013
TubaFest 2013 is the tenth edition of the annual Fredericton International TubaFest, founded by the late Richard Riding. Riding passed away on August 1, 2011. He was a dedicated tuba and euphonium enthusiast who loved playing and promoting the sound and versatility of these low brass instruments. Through the support of the University of New Brunswick Centre for Musical Arts, volunteers, and sponsors, TubaFest continues as an annual event. TubaFest provides a unique opportunity to obtain coaching from recognized musicians and to play with other low brass musicians. This year will again feature music written specifically for tubas and euphoniums as well as some arrangements of old classics. TubaFest 2013 is scheduled for May 3-5 at the University of New Brunswick. Guest artists include Velvet Brown, Curtis Metcalf, and Lance Nagels. For more information, visit www.unb.ca/cel/programs/creative/music/tubafest/
Buffet Group Acquires B&S GmbH (excerpted from the official press release)
The Buffet Group has completed the acquisition of B&S GmbH, a German family-controlled company which is the leading German manufacturer of brass instruments. Founded 250 years ago, B&S GmbH is one of only two musical instrument manufacturers worldwide producing the whole range of brass instruments. It has four established brands commanding very high recognition amongst musicians: B&S, Melton Meinl Weston, Hans Hoyer, and Scherzer. B&S GmbH is the number one manufacturer in the world of high end background brass instruments, including tubas, euphoniums, and French horns. The B&S GmbH production facility is located in the same place as Buffet Group’s German operations in Markneukirchen, Saxony. Antoine Beaussant, CEO of Buffet Group, declared, “The acquisition of B&S strengthens Buffet Group’s position as the global reference in wind instruments. It will bring into our Group a 250-year expertise in brass instrument manufacturing, highly regarded know-how and talents, as well as the worldwide reputation for the excellence of its brands.” Created in 1825 in Paris, Buffet Crampon is a leading musical instruments manufacturer and the world’s leading producer of professional clarinets. Through its five brands – Buffet Crampon established in 1825, Antoine Courtois created in 1809, Besson founded in 1837, J. Keilwerth, and W. Schreiber – the Group is present in the woodwind segment (clarinets, bass clarinets, oboes, bassoons, saxophones) and brass segment (tubas, euphoniums, saxhorns, trumpets, cornets, tenor horns, bugles, trombones).
Oktubafest 2012 Held on International Border
The first annual Oktubafest made a successful debut at the International Music Camp in the International Peace Garden on the Manitoba/North Dakota border in October. Approximately 25 amateur euphonium and tuba players participated in the event, in addition to guest artists and teaching staff. The weekend focused on performing and learning. IMC Camp Director Tim Wollenzien coordinated the event with members of the International Tuba Quartet. The International Tuba Quartet is a group of four artist-teachers who formed the ensemble while serving on the International Music Camp staff. Members are tubists William Winkle and Karl Ortman, and euphoniumists Joel Pugh and Wollenzien.
Events included recitals by guest artists Adam Frey and Jerry Young, a massed tuba-euphonium choir for participants, and nightly performances by the Oktubafest German Band. The massed tuba-euphonium choir performed in concert with Frey and Young and the concert featured the world premiere of a commissioned composition by Kenyon Wilson. Wilson’s Dance No. 3 was created especially for Oktubafest 2012 in memory of longtime IMC euphonium instructor Harold Brasch. Preceding the performance, William Winkle presented a special tribute and history of Brasch’s career and a reflection on their time together on the IMC faculty. Plans are in place for Oktubafest II in 2013. Watch the website http://www.internationalmusiccamp.com/news/oktubafest2012/ for more information as the year progresses.