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Dr. Andy Larson was recently named the Visiting College Lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Taking over for long-standing tuba professor Tucker Jolly, Andy is in charge of applied lessons for tuba and euphonium, conducting the Akron Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, conducting the Akron Brass Choir, teaching studio class, performing with the faculty brass quintet, and coaching chamber groups. Andy will be performing a split solo recital at the 2014 U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop and the Akron Tuba Euphonium Ensemble will be performing at ITEC 2014 in Bloomington, IN.
Roger Oyster has recently been named Artist in Residence on both trombone and euphonium at the University of Central Missouri. He teaches privately both undergraduate and graduate trombone and euphonium music majors at UCM. Oyster is the only person to have held both the positions of Principal Trombone in a major U.S., ICSOM orchestra and Principal Euphonium, Euphonium Soloist in one of America’s premier military bands. Principal Trombonist in the Kansas City Symphony since 1998, he has performed in that capacity, as either an orchestra member or guest musician, in the St. Louis Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Grant Park Symphony, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as with the Grand Teton Music Festival. As a euphonium player, Oyster began his career in 1981 in the United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own.” As Principal Euphonium and Euphonium Soloist, he performed as a soloist on over 80 concerts and on two national concert tours. In addition, Oyster has performed as a soloist on the euphonium with the St. Louis Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, and “Pershing’s Own” United States Army Band. He has performed on euphonium with many orchestras including the St. Louis Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Awards and Honors
Tennessee Tech Professor Wins Guinness Record for Tuba Collection
R. Winston Morris , Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Tennessee Tech University, has recently earned the Guinness World Record for the “largest collection of tuba-related items,” having acquired more than 2,000 tuba figurines, statues, sculptures, and paintings since the early 1970s. In 2016, the collection will be transferred to and displayed by TTU in honor of the 50th anniversary of its tuba program and Morris’s 50th year as instructor there. Read the full story here: http://www.tntech.edu/pressreleases/ttu-professor-wins-guinness-record-for-tuba-collection/
Yamaha Donates Instruments to College Program for Instrument Repair
Yamaha Corporation of America’s Band & Orchestral Division continues to support the Band Instrument Repair program at Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical in Red Wing, Minnesota by donating wind instruments that allow students to gain professional level hands-on experience. The program teaches students the fundamentals of repairing wind instruments and how to fabricate tools and instrument parts. At the beginning of every school year, Yamaha donates complete wind instruments to the BIR program so students can master and learn repair skills on newer and current instruments, helping to prepare graduates to enter the workforce. The company’s gift to the school ensures that students become familiar with current products, and get a chance to repair the same instruments student musicians are playing. In addition, Yamaha supports Southeast Technical with its expertise. Warranty Manager Mark Sorlie, who serves on the program’s Advisory Committee, visits the college every year to speak with the students about his experiences as a technician and warranty specialist.
Oktubafest II Held on USA/Canada Border
Oktubafest II was held at the International Music Camp on October 4-6, 2013. Located within the International Peace Garden on the border between Manitoba and North Dakota, the IMC is a summer school of fine arts. Approximately 25 amateur euphonium and tuba players participated in this year’s Oktubafest. Former IMC Camp Director Tim Wollenzien and University of North Dakota Low Brass Professor Joel Pugh coordinated the event with members of the International Tuba Quartet (Wollenzien, Pugh, Devin Otto, Karl Ortman) and the IMC Camp Directors Christine and Tim Baumann. Participants enjoyed performances by guest tuba artist Marty Erickson, the UND Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, and the International Tuba Quartet and also attended master classes and repertoire sessions led by Erickson, Pugh, and Otto. Repair technician David Johnson of Fargo, ND also presented an informative repair session. Participants played in the Massed Tuba-Euphonium Choir, which performed a concert as part of the festivities. Oktubafest II also featured a commissioned tuba quartet by Christopher Gable. Gable wrote Sassypants especially for Oktubafest 2013 in memory of long-time IMC euphonium instructor Harold Brasch. The International Tuba Quartet gave the premiere. Plans are in place for Oktubafest III in 2014. Watch the website http://www.internationalmusiccamp.com for more information as the year progresses.
Joel Pugh leading the Oktubafest Massed Tuba Euphonium Ensemble
Pianist Keith Teepen and Guest Tuba Artist Marty Erickson following their performance at Oktubafest at the International Music Camp.jpg
The International Tuba Quartet- Devin Otto, Tim Wollenzien, Joel Pugh, and Karl Ortman.jpg
Eurobrass celebrates 35 years of performances in Germany, July 19 – August 12, 2013
This past summer, the German-American brass ensemble eurobrass completed another successful tour in Germany. Founded in 1978 as a ministry arm of the German Bible Institute, the ensemble is now the flagship of the German non-profit “eurobrass, music that goes beyond.” Its directors are Angie Hunter, euphonium/trombone, who has lived in Germany since 1989, serving with Greater Europe Mission, and Dr. Chris Woods, bass trombone, who is Associate Professor of Music at Greenville College, Illinois. The goals of eurobrass are the same now as when it began: worship, evangelism, and encouragement of believers, personal, spiritual, and musical growth of eurobrass team members, and support of like-minded organizations in Germany. The instrumentation of the ensemble calls for four trumpets, three horns, three trombones, one euphonium/trombone, and one tuba. Other 2013 ensemble members included Simon Bald, Kathryn Cheney, Charles Pagnard, and Sarah Stoneback, trumpets; Robyn Alba, Rachel Cobb and Laila Schubert, horns; Stephen Farrell and Richard Wangler, trombones; and David Porter, tuba.
The group looks forward to traveling again during the summer of 2014, when they will also record their 5th CD. More information at www.eurobrass.de.