ITEA News

Woodley Concert Band (woodleyconcertband.co.uk)
Berkshire based (UK) Wind Band currently have a vacancy for a Euphonium and a Tuba player. We rehearse every Wednesday evening and carry out three major concerts each year along with a number of smaller summer gigs. Please see our website for more details: http://woodleyconcertband.co.uk.

Calling all Yorkshire tuba and euphonium Players!

The Yorkshire Wind Orchestra is a registered charity striving to promote the performance of quality British wind music in the Yorkshire region. We are currently welcoming new players, especially brass and percussion players and therefore if you are a tuba or euphonium player in the Yorkshire region and are able to commit to fortnightly rehearsals in Wakefield on a Monday night from 7.15 – 9.15 and perform up to 5 concerts around Yorkshire in 2007 please register your interest on our website http://www.yorkshirewinds.co.uk

NEW APPOINTMENTS & AWARDS

Ni Ensemble of Luxembourg—Prizewinners at the Passau

NEWS HEADLINES

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The ensemble is comprised of Heather Madeira Ni, trumpet, Isabelle Marois, trumpet with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Kristina Mascher, Solo Horn with the Flemmish Radio Orchestra, Leon Ni, Solo Trombone with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and David Polkinhorn, Solo Tuba with the Saarbrucken Radio Orchestra. Each of these players live either in or near Luxembourg and, while none are from Luxembourg, instead the group includes three Americans, one Canadian, and one Englishman—each are very happy to be residing in this small but culturally wealthy country. The group wishes to thank Kerry Turner in particular for his support, advice, and music while they prepared for this competition.

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David Polkinhorn (tuba)

David Polkinhorn (tuba), originally from Cornwall, England, studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Patrick Harrild. Having graduated, David won a scholarship from the DAAD (German academic exchange service) to study as a postgraduate student at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hanover under Jens-Bjørn Larsen. During his studies, David played in various ensembles including the Ni Ensemble, of which he is a founding member. Since 2003, David has been Principal Tuba of Radio Symphony Orchestra, Saarbruecken. He is also active as a freelance musician, having played with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera as well as ensembles such as Radio Brass Saar, Stockholm Chamber Brass and Ludwigsburger Blechbläser Quintett.

Leon Ni (Euphonium/Trombone) pursued his musical studies at Boston University, Temple University (Philadelphia), and the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. He studied the trombone with Ronald Barron (Principal, Boston Symphony), Nitzan Haroz (Principal, Philadelphia Orchestra), Dudley Bright (Principal, London Symphony), and Ian Bousfield (Solo Trombone, Vienna Philharmonic). He has spent most of his career in Europe and is currently the Solo Trombone with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, a position he has held since 2004. He has also held positions with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera as Section Principal Trombone (2001-2004) and also with the Orchestre Nacional do Porto, Portugal as Second Trombone   (2001). He has appeared as a guest artist with many ensembles including the Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Northern Ballet Theatre and the Wallace Collection. He has given master classes in the USA and Asia and taught trombone at all levels, from beginner to collegiate to professional players.

Kent Eshelman won first place in the tuba division of the 4th Jeju International Brass Competition, held August 12–20 in Jeju, Korea. A D.M.A. student at Michigan State University, Eshelman was accompanied by his wife, In-Ja, on piano. The prize included a cash award of $5,000 and an invitation to return next summer as a guest soloist. 

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Kent Eshelman

Congratulations are extended to Bradley Coker. He was recently appointed Instructor of Music Education, Tuba/Euphonium at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Prior to this appointment, Bradley served as a Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Tuba at the University of North Texas. From 2001–2004 he was an Assistant Director of Bands at Clear Creek High School in League City, Texas. Bradley earned an M.M. at Baylor University under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Fischer, and a B.S. in Education from Missouri State University. As a student of Don Little, he is completing his D.M.A. in tuba performance.

Joshua Clay Slusher, a senior music education major at the University of the Cumberlands (private liberal arts college in Williamsburg, Kentucky) is this year’s recipient of the Phyllis Richardson Wood Scholarship and is the first tuba player in the school’s history to receive this honor.

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Joshua Clay Slusher with teacher Sean Greene

Joshua was selected from a group of outstanding vocalists and instrumentalists to represent the student body at the annual Phyllis Richardson Wood Faculty Showcase Concert where he performed Bruce Broughton’s Sonata for tuba and piano. In addition to the performance, Mr. Slusher was awarded a generous scholarship in the memory of Phyllis Richardson Wood, an alumni and longtime supporter of music at the University of the Cumberlands. Josh studies tuba with Dr. Sean Greene, Assistant Professor of Music at U.C.

CONFERENCES, CAMPS, CLINICS AND FESTIVALS

Tubonium 5 scheduled for March 9–10, 2007

It’s hard for me to believe that planning is underway for our fifth annual Tubonium event! Tubonium 5 will be hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota (one hour south of the Twin Cities) on March 9–10, 2007. As usual, our workshop will include guest artists, exhibitors, concerts and recitals, clinic sessions, and more! Last year, our theme was “Hands-On,” and as such we gave our attendees a chance to be very actively involved with workshop activities. The positive energy of this new approach was contagious and warranted another year with more of the same—be sure to bring your instruments and be ready to join in!

We will once again have a solo competition at our workshop for both euphonium and tuba. The competition is open to any non-professional euphonium and tuba player. Prize money will be raised to a minimum of $500 for tuba competitors and $500 for euphonium competitors. Again, please visit our website for finalized details.  

Competition Literature:
Euphonium: Preliminary Round Walter Hartley’s Sonata Euphonica,
Final Round Brian Bowen’s Euphonium Music
Tuba: Preliminary Round Edward Gregson’s Tuba Concerto   (movement one)
Final Round Alexander Lebedev’s Concerto No. 2

At the time of this release, there is much planning yet to be done. That said, I am very excited to announce that Alan Baer will be our featured guest tuba artist this year and that the St. Olaf College Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble will be our featured college group under the direction of Paul Niemisto. More updates will be available on our website ( www.houseoflowaire.com ) as planning progresses. I hope you’ll take a look around the site in the coming months!

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Alan Baer

I hope that you will be able to join us for another inspirational Tubonium workshop! Contact Paul J. Budde, Tubonium 5 Chairperson, for additional information (kpbudde@charter.net).

Neal Corwell West Virginia Solo Tour

Neal Corwell, euphonium with the United States Army Band, performed solo recitals and taught master classes at Glenville State College and West Virginia University where he awed many people in both audiences who had never heard a world class euphonium soloist. Neal’s solo programs included selections by J. S. Bach, Franz List and his own works which included Fantasy on Night, Aboriginal Voices, and House of the Rising Sun . Neal is a clinician for DEG Music Products and information regarding his many wonderful euphonium works can be found by emailing Neal at nicolaimusic@erols.com.

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2006 Fredericton International TubaFest

Fredericton, New Brunswick, on the banks of the beautiful Saint John River, was the site of 2006 Fredericton International TubaFest. Tuba and euphonium players from New Brunswick were joined by musicians from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Maine and New Hampshire in Memorial Hall on the University of New Brunswick Fredericton Campus. This was the third year for the Fredericton TubaFest. There were two clinicians. John Griffiths is a Yamaha performing artist, principal tuba for the Regina Symphony and professor of music at the University of Regina. Larry Shields is a Besson performing artist, freelance musician, Music Director for the University of Toronto-Scarborough College Wind Ensemble, The Hannaford Street Youth Band and Weston Silver Band, and a member of the Hannaford Street Silver Band. Participants ranged in age from 13 to 70 years old. Some are totally self-taught and others are studying at the university level.

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TubaFest large ensemble led by Larry Shield &

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John Griffiths giving advice

The first day started with Larry running a discussion/clinic on warming up leading into a reading session for the massed ensemble. Before lunch Grant Dinmore and Joe Ewing participated in the euphonium master class. In the afternoon John lead a clinic on articulation, emphasizing wind speed, direction, and flow. He stressed the importance of practicing the simple things and doing them right. “The rest is easy!” Following a break Larry combined a clinic on balance with rehearsing the large ensemble for the Saturday night concert. This was followed by an ensemble master class with Richard Riding and Katherine Moller playing Air and Dance for Violin and Tuba by Arthur Frackenpohl and a tuba-euphonium quartet playing the Toreador Song by Bizet (arr. B. Gray). That evening two small ensembles were put together. 

Saturday started with John leading a workshop on warm-up and practice schedules. The main message that came through was always perform! Play your best. Play by ear. Develop your own exercises to cover what you are working on at the time. And take time to “noodle” around. Enjoy your instrument. This was followed by rehearsal time for the large and small ensembles. Tuba master class was just before lunch with Genevieve Mullally playing the first two movements of Concerto for Tuba by Bruce Broughton  and Jonathan Rowsell playing Concert Etude, op. 49 by Godeicke (arr. E. Emilson). The students were accompanied by Nathalie Lepine, part of the Duo Lepine and staff accompanist at the Conservatoire de musique de Quebec. After lunch Larry had a clinic on phrasing which he used to lead into the final rehearsal of the large ensemble. John followed with a workshop on musicality. Play more than just the notes! Again the message was “getting the simple things perfect” and perhaps most important:  relax so you can enjoy your performance. 

The two days were topped off with the final public concert. Nathalie Lepine joined Larry in a performance of Silver Threads among the Gold by William Rimmer and John in a performance of Concerto del Garda by Elizabeth Raum. John then played the Harmonious Blacksmith by G.F. Handel. The second half of the concert featured the small ensembles playing Shades of Gray by K.D. Wilson, Bendemeer’s Stream (trad. Irish/arr. S. Shoop), In the Good Old Summer Time (arr. T. Jolly), Frog Legs Rag by J. Scott (arr. S. Shoop), Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue by R. Henderson (arr. M Nelson), and Toreador Song by G. Bizet (arr. B. Gray). The concert ended with all the participants and clinicians on stage playing “March of the Priests” from The Magic Flute by Mozart (arr. D.M. Sherman), Medley – In Heaven There is no Beer/Café Polka (arr. T. Jolly), “March” from the Second Suite in F for Military Band by G. Holst (arr. David Werden), and ending with Totally Tuba March by J. D. Goble. 

The workshop was hosted by the UNB Centre for Musical Arts of the College of Extended Learning. R. Smith was the official photographer. TubaFest 2006 was supported by a grant from the New Brunswick/Quebec Cooperation Program, Yamaha, Besson, Tony’s Music Box Fredericton, Assante Wealth Management, a private donor, CBC Radio and TV, and CTV.

TubaFest 2007 will be held Friday and Saturday May 11–12, 2007. For more information contact Richard Riding, 211 Bailey Hall at the University of New Brunswick-Fredericton or at 506-453-4583, rriding@unb.ca.

28th Annual William Bell Memorial Tuba/Euphonium Day  

Saturday, November 4, 2006 was an unseasonably warm and sunny day for that time of year in Iowa. A total of 25 tuba and euphonium players of all ages assembled to do a mass rehearsal, clinic, and free concert at the United Methodist Church in Perry, Iowa. The group then reconvened at Mr. Bell’s gravesite to perform two of Mr. Bell’s favorite pieces, with the full moon rising in the south; it was a stirring ceremony.

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28th Annual William Bell Memorial Tuba/Euphonium Day

The Shorts, who have been in charge of the event for the past 13 years are now handing over the reins to Chad Thompson of Urbandale, who will take over the organization for 2007 and going forward.

You may ask, why do this year after year, to keep such an event going, what is the benefit; is it worth the effort? We can tell you unmistakably that it is indeed worthwhile! Where else can dedicated lovers of the tuba family gather in memory of one of the world’s great original tubists and teachers, with young and old players, including three generations in a family (grandfathers, fathers, and sons) playing together? Where else can young players go to play next to professional level teachers and performers and get a chance to hear about the accomplishments of Bill Bell, to listen to great clinicians over the years, and to play a variety of music collected from the 28 years of the ongoing event?   

Gary McCurdy was this year’s clinician and ensemble conductor. Retired after 25 years as the band director in the Washington, Iowa Community Schools, and, for the past 20 years, Gary has been performing around the Midwest under the guise as The Tubador. His self-contained solo tuba performances feature standard melodies from the popular and jazz repertory. He has spent more than a decade as a performer at the Iowa State Fair, the RAGBRAI biking event across Iowa held every summer, and many other events in Iowa. His mission is to bring the beauty of the tuba to the listener on the street. Without Gary, this event would not be going today, as he has been an original organizer, and has attended most of the 28 years of this event. He also has written, arranged, and collected a large repertoire of music for this event. We owe a great gratitude for Gary’s service during the years of this event.

New this year was the opportunity to do two pre-performances to publicize the event to central Iowans: a tuba quartet from Drake University performed for the KIOA Oldies popular music radio station, broadcasting out of Des Moines, and a tuba/euphonium duo played for the children’s story hour at the newly renovated historic Carnegie Library in Perry.

For next year, the 29th annual event will be on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at the same location, the Perry United Methodist Church at Third and Willis Streets, Perry, Iowa, so please mark your calendar and plan to attend!

Future clinicians are being sought for the event. It doesn’t pay much, as income is mostly made up from registration fees and individual contributions. The festival can cover mostly the clinician’s travel expenses, but over the years, the feedback from past clinicians was that the experience was greatly rewarding and worthwhile, and many have donated a portion of their services towards the memory of Mr. Bell. Clinicians in recent prior years have been Paul Anderson, Scott Anderson, Craig Fuller, Jeff Funderburk, Steve Hoog, Paul Kryzwicki, John Manning, Steve Maxwell, Mark Nelson, Cindy Short, Mike Short, Deanna Swoboda, Nancy Vogt, and Bob Yeats.

For more information about the 2007 William Bell Memorial Tuba and Euphonium Day, you can contact Chad Thompson at chad_thompson@mac.com or at (515) 314-0310.

INDUSTRY NEWS

Tuba Mouthpiece Presentation Boxes

Derek Wolcott just recently completed a tuba mouthpiece presentation box for a customer who is a tuba player and collector of tubas and mouthpieces. This box highlights his favorite mouthpieces on the top with room to house others in the lower section of the box. If you are interested contact Mr. Wolcott at Wolcott Custom Wood Works, 9116 N Prescott Rd. Spokane, Washington 99208 or at 509-467-8767.

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GENERAL NEWS

Jon Sass University Tour

Jon Sass September “University Tour” in the U.S. began on September 19 and 20 with a stop at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he spent two busy days with students in the Department of Music and Theatre Arts, as well as spending time with general university students through the university’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

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Jon spent eleven and one half hours over two days working with euphonium and tuba students, talking about his professional life in Europe and ways in which they can use their own “creative impulse” to explore music wherever they happen to find themselves. He involved students in doing improvisation and in performing his own compositions throughout both days of the workshop. Everyone (including UW-Eau Claire tuba professor Jerry Young) performed with Jon on his Wednesday evening concert, and two students, Joshua Lee and Jesse Orth, were featured performing an improvised duet.

In addition to his formal “Creative Impulse” workshop with music students, Jon spent time interacting with UW-Eau Claire’s minority student population, sharing his experiences as a minority person in Vienna and ways in which he turned his minority status into a personal and professional advantage in that setting and throughout Europe. The impact of Jon Sass’s visit to Eau Claire is still felt—students are excited about and are actively working on improvisatory skills and are thinking more creatively about professional life beyond college. Jon is considering a second tour sometime during the 2007–2008 school year, and the Eau Claire euphonium/tuba community would encourage you to consider bringing him to your area.

Charley Brighton Back from Across the Pond

UK Willson Euphonium artist Charley Brighton has just returned from a successful tour of Los Angeles as guest soloist with the British Airways Brass Band. Tour Musical Director, Major Colin Reeves, invited Charley to perform solos with the band at each concert on the tour, including the inevitable Disneyland Park concert! “It’s actually gone full circle now, as I performed as a soloist whilst at school when the British Airways Band made its first appearance. Then it was of course, British European Airways.”

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Charley Brighton

It was also a chance to team up with Linda and Norman Taylor from the Golden State British Brass Band, who shared part of the concerts with us. An extra special moment was being invited to join their euphoniums and baritones on stage in their section solo feature. The band members were guests of the Inland Valley Council of Churches in Upland, San Bernardino County helping to raise much-needed funds for future projects. “Our hosts were wonderful, and it made the trip so enjoyable. It was also good to meet up once again with Al Rice at the Fiske Museum in Claremont, with its wonderful historic collection of instruments. More details and online photos of tour are available on line at www.euph9.freeserve.co.uk.

Mr. Brighton is also featured on 4barsrest.com where an article details his premiere of Ken Friedrich’s new euphonium concerto. You can view the article at http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=4289.

Also, Mr. Brighton is featured on three light jazz/easy listening numbers with the Brian Neal Trio, with special guest the legendary Matt Ross on piano. The tunes are Stardust, Bewitched, and Begin the Beguine . Recorded live at St. Mary’s, and it can be found at: http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?PID=900245&t=6106.

Euphonium Concerto Premiere by Jason Ham

On Tuesday, October 10, 2006, Jason Ham performed the world premiere of Joseph Turrin’s new concerto for euphonium, Monologues . Together with the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. John N. Culvahouse, Interim Director of Bands at UGA, Jason performed the work during a guest artist visit to the University of Georgia as part of the annual concerto winner’s concert at Hugh Hodgson Hall in Athens, Georgia.

In 2004, Jason suggested to Mr. Turrin that he write a new work for euphonium, and after attempting to raise the necessary money for the work via an independent consortium of schools, the commission was given to the Southeastern Conference Band Director’s Association (SECBDA) in late 2005. Monologues was completed in late August 2006.

The work is extensive in length, being just over 22 minutes long. Spread across 4 movements (“Chaconne,” “Arioso,” “Intermezzo,” and “Capriccio”), this concerto offers sounds and orchestrations that are unique in terms of the present status of euphonium concerti. While offering a great deal of diversity between movements, the work is quite playable for soloist and the wind band alike.

Although the work will eventually be published by a larger distributor, it is currently available from Mr. Turrin via his website (Joseph Turrin Music). For more information, contact Joe Turrin via www.josephturrin.com or Jason Ham via www.jasondham.com.

Center City Brass Quintet Performs World-Premiere Concerto in Tokyo

The Center City Brass Quintet (CCBQ) traveled to Tokyo to perform the world premiere of a concerto for brass quintet and orchestra on July 15, 2006. The quintet was excited that the new piece, which was commissioned by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, was composed by its very own Anthony DiLorenzo. DiLorenzo, trumpeter and founding member of the CCBQ, is also a well-known composer whose works are heard regularly on the major television networks and in motion pictures, and have been performed by major ensembles such as the San Francisco, Colorado and Utah symphony orchestras. The performance was with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra under the direction of its Resident Conductor, Naoto Otomo, in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, a modern concert hall seating 2,000 in which the Tokyo Symphony has a regular concert series. The 18-minute work, titled Chimera, is in three movements and utilizes an orchestra comprising full string, woodwind and percussion sections, and a reduced brass section. The brass quintet soloists performed at the front of the stage, spanning both sides of the podium. The piece was greeted with enthusiasm by the near-capacity crowd, which demanded numerous curtain-calls and an encore. The quintet obliged with a solo performance of Fire Dance, also by DiLorenzo.

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Center City Brass Quintet

DiLorenzo, who has composed and arranged numerous works for the CCBQ over the years—many of which the Quintet has recorded on the Chandos label— explains why this was a particularly special project for him: “There are very few concertos for brass quintet and orchestra, and I was so excited not only to have the opportunity to help fill that void but also to write a piece that took advantage of the playing and personalities of my colleagues in the CCBQ, whom I have known and worked with for so many years. And it was great that this premiere was with a major orchestra in one of the world’s capitals.”

The commission came about at the urging of Maestro Otomo, who has known the Quintet since 2001 when it participated in the inaugural Music Masters Course in Kazusa (MMCK), a summer festival that he co-founded with Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the Stockholm Philharmonic. The educational festival attracts conservatory students from Japan, Europe, and the U.S., who come to study with the CCBQ and other prominent faculty from around the world. Members of the quintet have returned each summer since to participate in the festival.

Also especially noteworthy about the concert was the attendance in the audience of former Prime Minister of Japan, Hata Tsutomu, who traveled to Tokyo with his wife especially to hear the concerto, having heard a performance of another DiLorenzo piece earlier this summer at the MMCK festival. The esteemed guest came backstage afterwards to congratulate DiLorenzo and the quintet on its performance.

Tubist Craig Knox is an original member of the CCBQ, which he co-founded in 1985 while a student at the Curtis Institute of Music. He is also the recently appointed Principal Tuba of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and is on the faculty at Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University. The Center City Brass Quintet consists of Craig Knox (tuba), Richard King (horn), Geoffrey Hardcastle (trumpet), Anthony DiLorenzo (trumpet and composer), and Steven Witser (trombone). For more information about the Center City Brass Quintet, visit www.centercitybrassquintet.

Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble 40th Anniversary Celebration

The internationally acclaimed Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble will celebrate its 40 th anniversary (1967–2007) with Performances in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City during the academic year 2006/2007. The ensemble was founded by its current director, R. Winston Morris, in the fall of 1967. The TTU group is the most recorded ensemble of its kind in the world, has toured throughout the eastern half of the United States for 40 years, and is the only music group in the state of Tennessee to receive the Tennessee Board of Regents “TBR Academic Excellence and Quality Award.” Since its inception in 1967, the TTU Tuba Ensemble has been responsible for the creation of hundreds of new compositions, has been listed on the Grammy Entry List for its recordings and is the only tuba ensemble to have performed multiple concerts in New York’s famous Carnegie Recital Hall. The ensemble’s greatest legacy, however, lies in the nurturing of dozens of professional music teachers and tuba/euphonium performers who actively teach and perform throughout the world and other members who have pursued and excelled in many other professions.

A number of activities will take place during the 2006/2007 academic year in celebration of this unique history. Over 200 former members of the TTTE have been invited back to campus to bring their horns and participate in the 40th Anniversary Reunion celebration on Sunday, November 5, 2006. A special twenty-piece 40th Anniversary All-Star Alumni Ensemble will meet on the Tech campus to record and present world-premiere performances of nine major new compositions ( David Baker, John Cheetham, Gregory Danner, Martin Ellerby, Eric Ewazen , Aldo Rafael Forte, Adam Gorb , Tony Plog, and Gunther Schuller ) that have been commissioned specifically for this event.  

EVERYONE is invited to please join us for these performances as well as other performances throughout the year by the alumni group and the TTTE (for a complete schedule of activities visit the TTU tuba website at http://orgs.tntech.edu/tuba/index.html.

INTERNET PICKS OF THE QUARTER

Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble Web Page
(http://orgs.tntech.edu/tuba/)

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R. Winston Morris

In celebration of the 40 th Anniversary of the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, their webpage (http://orgs.tntech.edu/tuba/) is our feature of the quarter. The webpage features information about the ensemble, its director R. Winston Morris, tuba and euphonium ensemble recordings, mutes, tuba and euphonium related links, links for current information of over 100 TTTE Alumni, information about the massive 40 th anniversary celebration, the TTTE History Project and links for the new Tuba Source Book and the Euphonium Source Book . The following is an excerpt of information about the group describing the ensemble’s major impact and importance to the tuba and euphonium world:

“The internationally acclaimed Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble (TTTE) from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee, is considered the ‘pioneer’ ensemble of its kind. The TTTE is continually received with favor by audiences from Carnegie Hall in New York to Jackson Square in New Orleans. The group has been described as one that is ‘not a novelty, but an ensemble with a unique sound.’ The TTTE has received the highest accolades from the professional world of tubists and euphoniumists, music educators, and professional reviewers. Following the example of the TTTE, similar groups have formed all over the world. Music generated by and for the Tech ensemble has been performed in Japan, Australia, Canada, all over Western Europe, and throughout the United States.

Organized in 1967 by the present conductor, R. Winston Morris, the TTTE was the birth of a new concept in music for multiple tubas. Previous to this, there had been a very limited amount of activity involving chamber music for tubas. The Tech ensemble introduced the idea of the large tuba/euphonium choir with parts being frequently doubled. Needless to say, there was a total lack of literature for such an ensemble; therefore, the Tech group had to commence an extensive “search” for music. That ‘search’ has led to the composition and arrangement of over one thousand works specifically done for the Tech ensemble by outstanding composers from the United States and abroad. The TTTE first appeared in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1976 and continues, with an unprecedented seventh appearance in January 2007, to be the only tuba ensemble to ever present full concerts on that world-famous stage.”

Beth Macauley, faculty member in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Tulsa (TU), Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA has initiated a research study on blocking in brass players with Martin Cochran (euphonium) and Skip Snead (horn). While at the University of Alabama, she presented on this topic at an international Horn conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama last June. Because initial results with horn players were intriguing, they are expanding to include all brass musicians. Beth needs as many brass players as possible, from around the globe, to complete an online survey about the blocking behavior. The study has been approved by the University of Tulsa Institutional Review Board, is anonymous, and takes around 15–20 minutes to complete. ITEA members are encouraged to complete the survey and invite all of your brass members, students, and friends to do so as well. Thank you very much!

The survey link is http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=77001532209. The password is tulsa. If you have any questions or concerns, please give Beth an email: Beth Macauley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, HPCS, Assistant Professor, beth-macauley@utulsa.edu.