ITEA News Joe Skillen, Associate Editor
Congratulations to Mike Roylance the new Principal Tuba Player in the Boston Symphony. There will be a full feature article on Mike Roylance in an upcoming issue of the ITEA Journal. Eric Bradshaw has been appointed to the position of Assistant Director of Bands and Professor of Tuba/Euphonium at Valdosta State Univer ity in Valdosta, GA beginning in August of 2002. Mr. Bradshaw previously taught in the public school system in Carroll County, GA and taught in an adjunct capacity at the State University of West Georgia. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mu ic Education and a Master of Music in Tuba Performance from the University of Alabama. His primary tuba instructors include Mike Dunn and )arne Jenkins and has studied conducting with Gerald Welker and Kenneth Ozzello.
Festivals and Clinics
Paul Krzywicki Guest Clinician at 24th Annual William Bell Memorial Tuba Day Held Saturday November 2, 2002 Perry Iowa United Methodist Church
A total of 32 attendees/performers gathered for the day’s event, including a mass tuba-euphonium ensemble rehearsal, clinic, and free concert as part of the Perry Fine Arts Series, with a performance at the gravesite of Mr. Bell in Perry, Iowa. December 25, 2002 marks the 100th anniversary of Mr. Bell’s birth.
Guest clinician was Paul Krzywicki, tubist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, a student and assistant to Mr. Bell. The weather was marvelous, and the day was filled with wonderful stories of Mr. Bell, past Tuba Day traditions, and heartfelt performances. Many thanks to Mr.Krzywicki for driving all the way to Iowa from Philadelphia and back and for donating his time as clinician to this event!
Performers ranged from ages 12-70, junior high students to amateurs. and professional players coming from as far away as West Springfield MA, Philadelphia PA, Woodbridge VA, Moline IL and Vermillion SO.
During the day, the local professional tuba quartet Undertow performed for the nearby Hotel Pattee for the dedication of a courtyard sculpture, with the Hotel donating to the festival as a result of the performance. One of the suites at the Hotel Pattee is the Bill Bell Room, which includes an old King tuba with the long spatula valves!
Mike and Cindy Short were the organizers of the event, as they have done so for the past ten years, and Mike Plake conducted the ensemble. Mr. Plake will be the organizer for next year’s Tuba Day, which will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2003 at the Perry Iowa United Methodist Church.
If you are interested in details for the William Bell Memorial Tuba Day 2003, you can contact Mike Plake, phone #515-314-0983, or E-mail email@example.com, address 1679 NW 99 St., Clive IA 50325.
Announcing the 17th Annual Harvey Phillips Northwest Big Brass Bash
The Conference is going to be held at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, tuba-pi Washington. The dates for the conference and sli are July 12-13, 2003. Guest artists include Nativ Gail Robertson, Chris Olka, Deanna Swoboda, and Harvey Phillips. For more information visit their website at www.hpnwBBb.org or contact Ron Munson at Rontuba@earthlink.net.
The First Tuba City TubaChristmas by Al Brogdon, Conrad Welch, and Mark Nelson
Prior to December 14, 2002, there had not been a TubaChristmas in Tuba City, Arizona. This past year, Al Brogdon (Fitzwilliam, NH) and Conrad Welch (Sierra Vista, AZ) organized the historic first Tuba City TubaChristmas. Tuba City (pop. 4000) is in the northeastern corner of Arizona, on the Navajo reservation. The town’s name, given to it by early Mormon settlers, is a corruption of Tuuvi, the name of a local Native American chief of that era. One of Welch’s musician friends, cornetist Jay Dusart, knew a fellow cowboy in Tuba City, George Hardeen.
Hardeen enthusiastically joined in the TubaChristmas effort, and spread word of the concert in Tuba City via handbills, articles in two Native America newspapers, and news items on the local Navajo- language radio stations. Mark Nelson, Chair of the Performing Art Department and Director of Bands at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ, was recruited to be the conductor at Tuba City. Welch secured the services of the 36th Army Band’s tuba-euphonium quartet, the Tuba Fours, to be a part of the Tuba City event, with the help of its Commander, CW03 Gary Dorrell.
Welch drew a “Tubapelli” figure, a !la, tuba-playing variation of the fun loving LCe and slightly mischievous (according to de Native American legend), wild-haired figure that plays a Native American flute a he dances along. Rectangular pin-back buttons were made with Tubapelli and the words “1 played in the First Tuba City TubaChristmas, December 14, 2002,” and were given to each participant.
Brogdon and Welch had hoped there would be some Native American players in the Tuba City TubaChristmas ensemble, but none came forward. The two belatedly learned how to contact the bands of the :l Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni Nations, and the low-bra s players from those bands will be invited to the 2003 Tuba City Tuba- Chri tmas.
Twenty-two players – tubas, euphoniums, and one lone ophicleide player (John Seaton) came to Tuba City, driving distances of 77 to 480 miles. Between the 11:00 a.m. rehearsal and the 2:00 p.m. concert, the players went to a nearby Native American art and crafts show and played an impromptu Tuba-Christmas for the art-lovers.
An audience of 300 came to hear the concert. In addition to the TubaChristmas songs played by the entire ensemble, the Tuba Fours played three numbers. During the performance, tubist John Hutt (Farmington, NM) presented a remem- brance of William J. Bell. Hutt, a student and friend of Bell’s in the 1960s, told not only of Bell’s tuba virtuosity and teaching skills, but also of his human side.
Following the concert, the players went downtown for group photos in front of the Tuba Trading Post’s large sign, and the photo op turned into another impromtubaChristmas.
A news cameraman from Flagstaff’s KNAZ taped the Tuba City event. Later that night, in Phoenix, the two coordin- ators saw coverage of the Tuba City concert on the 10 p.m. KPNX newscast. The anchor opened with the words, “Are there tubas in Tuba City? There were today….” It appears as if the 2002 TubaChristmas in Tuba City is the first of a series of annual events. The second annual event is scheduled for December 6, 2003. We hope you consider joining us in Tuba City this year.
Travels with Tubas and Euphoniums
Let’s Go to Bavaria, Vienna, and ITEC 2004!
Interested in a special trip that will include ITEC 2004 in Budapest? Jerry and Barbara Young, in conjunction with Security Travel, will be hosting a sixteen- day trip that will hold special interest for euphonium and tuba players. The trip will include six days in Bavaria with visits to the Wenzel Meinl factory (home of Melton and Meinl-Weston instruments) in Geretsried and to the Mirafone factory in Waldkraiburg. You’ll see how euphoniums and tubas are made by some of the world’s leading craftsmen.
This portion of the trip will also include visits to famous Bavarian destinations such as King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle and free time in Munich, which will serve as headquarters for our Bavarian adventures. The tour will include two days in Vienna, where we will visit the Kunsthistoriches Instrument Museum and the Schonbrunn Palace. Other sightseeing activities are planned, but space is limited here! From Vienna, we’ll go directly to Budapest to celebrate a week with the finest euphonium and tuba players from around the world at ITEC 2004. The tour price will include air fare from Chicago O’Hare to Munich and home from Budapest, round trip airport transfers in Europe, hotel accommodation in 3 star hotels (based on double occupancy), buffet breakfast daily, five 3 course dinners, motor coach for touring and transfers to Budapest, a @}Verus European guide for 8 days, and driver and guide gratuities. (Your conference regi tration and meals in Budapest will be your responsibility.) There will be a total most musical family and he has composed concerti for marimba, percussion, bass trombone, and now tuba. The three move- ment work is approximately 20 minutes long.
The Pinnacle Brass Quintet tours France and premiers a new work by French composer Jean..Michel Damase
On Tue day evening, November 26, 2002 at the Woodwind & Brasswind Mu ic Store in Paris the Pinnacle Brass performed the European premiere of Damase’ , For Five (for brass quintet), which will be published by Alphonse Leduc (relea e date unknown), and was commi sioned by and dedicated to the Pinnacle Brass. The Pinnacle Brass’ tour of Paris also included performances at the Conservatoire iedermeyer, the American Cathedral in Pari , at Fontenay- ous-bois (just east of Pari ), at the Eglise Saint-Martin in Liancourt (north of Paris), and at the Ecole Municipale de Musique et de Danse in Creil (north of Paris). The American premiere of the Damase was performed by Pinnacle Bra on November 13, 2002 in concert at the University of Central Arkansa .
Donald Stauffer recognized for his leadership in the Arts
Dr. Donald Stauffer, Conductor, former tubist, and author of A Treatise on the Tuba, received an Honorary Resolution from the Jefferson County Commission (Birmingham, Alabama) for his second thirty-year career of public service after retiring as Commander of the United States Navy Band in 1973. He i cited for his career as Associate Professor of Music at Birmingham Southern College and Samford University and for “providing the residents of Jefferson County with so much wonderful music” for twenty three years by directing the Birmingham Community Concert Band, which he founded in 1980.
He began his career as tubist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 1939 before entering the Navy Band in 1942. After being promoted to Warrant Officer, Stauffer conducted the New York Navy Band in pioneering stereophonic band programs on WQXR in 1957 and performed on Gary Moore’s “I’ve Got a Secret Show.” After serving as Head of Academic Training at the Navy School of Music and directing the Cinclant Fleet Band of Norfolk, Lieutenant Stauffer was transfer- red back to United States Navy Band and was soon selected a Leader in 1968. Stauffer has composed or adapted over forty selections for band including his well known Fugue ‘n Swing and U.S. S. Kennedy March. The best known of his five publish- ed books are Intonation Deficiencies of Wind Instruments and Treatise on the Tuba.
New Music Premiered
Mattias Johansson premieres new Danish Tuba Concerto
On June 4, 2003 Mattias Johansson will premier a tuba concerto by Anders Koppel with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. Matthias Aeschbacher will conduct the performance.
The composer comes from Denmark’s most musical family and he has composed concerti for marimba, percussion, bass trombone, and now tuba. The three move- ment work is approximately 20 minutes long. Mattias Johannson studied at the Stockholm Conservatory of music and later with Jens Bjorn-Larsen at the Danish Royal Con ervatory in Copenhagen. He has been the tubist with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and since January 2002 he has been the principal tubist with the Malmo, Sweden Opera Orchestra.
Leroy Osmon publishes new music for Tuba and Chamber Orchestra
RBC Music announces the publication of the Elegy for Tuba and Small Orchestra by Leroy 0 mon. Houston Symphony tubist Dave Kirk premiered this work at the Shepherd School of Music, Hou ton, Texas. Published by RBC Music Publica- tions in San Antonio, Texas (Catalog #40025; complete set $45.00). It is scored for solo tuba, flute, trumpet, trombone, 2 violin , viola (opt. 3rd violin), violoncello and piano. For more information please contact RBC Music (P.O. Box 29128, San Antonio, Texas, 77229; 1-800-548-0917; Sales@rbcmusic.com; www.rbcmusic.com)
Ultrasonic Power Corporation introduces new method of cleaning instruments
David Arata, Director of Engineering announced today that UPC has completed the updated version of it’s ultrasonic band instrument cleaning system for professional repair technicians. This new system thoroughly safely cleans brass band instruments in about 2 minutes.
ULTRASONIC CLEANING TECHNOLOGY and unique chemistry equal a modern environmentally safe approach that not just rinses the instru- ments but thoroughly removes the calcium buildup in a horn. This is truly a dream come true for the repair technicians.
Every horn player and band director knows that the calcium/organic materials build up inside a horn. That is a nice way of saying the build up is really a composite of everything the mu ician has eaten over the last 24 hours or so. This is contamina-tion to the metal and in time causes the metal to oxidize and metal failure occurs. The repair technicians call it “rot” when the lead pipe of the horn rots out.
The ultrasonic cleaning process can effectively remove all the internal and external contamination more thoroughly than you do your dishes at home in the kitchen sink.
Professional musicians can surely tell when the horn does not have the desired tone. They have trained to listen for the proper tone when playing. Some say, the rich sound of the horn is lost when con- tamination builds up in the instrument. The smooth slide vale action is compro- mised in some severe cases. Both rotary and piston vales that stick can be quickly and easily cleaned effectively when a professional uses an ultrasonic cleaning system that is designed specifically for musical instrument cleaning and restoring.
A trained professional band instrument technician can utilize the unique features of an ultrasonic cleaning sy tem to return older instruments to better than new in some case by totally cleaning the buffing rouge from the tiniest crevasses that even the original manufacturer may have missed.
The way most instruments used to be cleaned was a dip in a strong acid. This did remove the surface oxidation but it did not thoroughly clean all the buffing compounds from all the flanges and the exterior of the valve or the lapping compounds from the vale pistons.
Hall Hall from Jents House of Music, Lubbock Texas said it looked like a “shark attack” there was so much red rouge in the cleaning liquid when some instruments were exposed to the ultrasonic cleaning action for the first time. In addition to a patented ultrasonic generator the equip- ment includes a system that flushes the inside of the horn during the ultrasonic cleaning process. This process has been used on many professional horn from Boston, Massachusetts to Hollywood California. Many school districts are now specifying that the band instruments be ultrasonically cleaned.
For more information contact Ultrasonic Power Corporation, 239 East Stephenson Street, Freeport, Illinois 61032 Tel: 815-235-6020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contra tuba in a movie
In reference to a recent article in the the ITEA journal regarding sub-contra bass
Paul Schmidt submits the following toward inti news bit: exciting gr I just happened across an unexpected exploring t1 sighting of the Sub-contra bass tuba, in new cham the 1999 independent film “Man of the the Century.” This is the black and white Thi comedy wherein the hero is a throwback otto to the 1920s wi ecracking movie leads, viewer wi but placed in modern day New York. He member repeatedly visits Carl Fisher’s music store intere to buy old records and play old heet music on the store piano. In the near background of this set is one of the aforementioned giant tuba . Let’s check out this film -]. Skillen
Internet Pick of the Quarter
Thi quarter’s Internet pick is aimed towards introducing our readers to an exciting group that is exploringtherealmsof new chamber music for the euphonium and tuba. This website is the official otto Voce Tuba Quartet Website. The viewer will be able to read about each member of the group and access a very interesting list of growing repertoire this group performs. Click, View, Enjoy! – ]S
December 22, 2002 is the first anniversary of the edeathofDr.LaszloUjfalusi(82), trombone and tuba professor of the Franz Liszt MusicAcademy, Budapest. He was the founder of modem trombone and tuba education in Hungary where he taught for over forty years between 1945 and 1991.
His students can be found all over the world. He has refreshed teaching material with mostly French, American and British publications. Because of lacking Hungarian teaching material he has written trombone and tuba methods that are known all over Europe and even in the United States. He was the first to ask contemporary Hungarian composers to write new compositions for these instruments.
Besides teaching he was the principal tubist of the Hungarian State Opera House for over 30 years. Beautiful sound and tremendous musicality represented his playing, which was also the basis in his teaching. Though he was on pension for quite a long time (no one is allowed to teach over the age of 70 in Hungary) he has been the honorary president of the Hungarian Trombone & Tuba Association since its foundation. His death is a great loss to all Hungarian trombone and tuba players. We will hold his memory dear.