Lloyd Bone, Associate Editor (Lloyd.Bone@glenville.edu)
2010 International Women’s Brass Conference
This great conference is open to women, men, students, amateurs, and professionals and has competition categories categories for tenor horn, euphonium, and tuba. The conference will take place June 16–20 in Toronto, Canada and will be hosted by Joan Watson and Denny Christianson from Humber College. For more information visit www.iwbctoronto2010.com.
Eros Sabbatani: Masterclass at Italian Brass Week in Santa Fiora, Tuscany, Italy
Eros Sabbatani, professor of tuba at the Conservatorio di Milano, has been invited to hold a masterclass at the 11th edition of the Italian Brass Week at the Santa Fiora in MusicaInternational Brass Festival. The festival is held in one of the most beautiful natural environments in Italy, the medieval town of Santa Fiora, situated in the region of Tuscany. The festival is held under the high patronage of the Presidency of the Republic of Italy, and is held August 20–29. The festival will showcase professional world-class brass musicians from all over the world, such as Øystein Baadsvik and Jens-Bjørn Larsen (tuba), Joseph Alessi (trombone) and Dale Clevenger (horn) amongst others, and is a must for all brass players. Masterclasses and concerts will take place in some of the town’s most charming locations, such as the churches, cloisters and the town’s many squares, all renowned for their spectacular architecture and ideal acoustics.
Eros Sabbatani is a Miraphone Performing Artist and is a sought after musician and teacher all over Italy. Besides winning several national and international competitions, such as the prestigious Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Competition and the TIM Torneo Internazionale di Musica, he has distinguished himself by classifying first at various auditions such as that of the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Arena di Verona, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Teatro Palestrina di Cagliari, and the Teatro Bellini di Catania amongst others. His solo experience as well as his orchestral activities, which have allowed him to work with world-renowned conductors such as Muti, Mehta, Pretre, Rostropovich and Renzetti, complement his didactic activity. Sabbatani is also a prolific composer and his composition Tuba Follia has been an obligatory piece in the semifinals of the 19th International Competition Città Di Porcia in 2008.
Saint Francis Brass Band to Feature Euphonium Soloist
The Saint Francis Brass Band will feature Randy Guptill, Euphonium Soloist, on May 23 at noon. The concert will be held at St. Francis United Methodist Church in Cary, N. C. The concert will be under the direction of Doug Amaxopulos and will include the following selections: At Thy Feet by Noel Jones, God Will Take Care of You by James Curnow, When I Remember by David Catherwood, The Old Rugged Cross, Song of Faith (from Songs of the Morning) by Eric Ball, and Granbury Ordination by Randy Guptill (first performance). For more information please call (919) 362-8657.
RECENT EVENTS, RECITALS & PERFORMANCES
Arctic Trombone & Low Brass Festival 2009, in Tromsø, Norway
The festival (ATLF), which is based in the Norwegian city of Tromsø, was held for the ninth consecutive year in the period October 15–18, 2009. It started out in 2001 as a trombone festival, but expanded to also include tuba and euphonium in 2004. The festival is a non-profit joint venture between the Tromsø Chamber Orchestra, the Tromsø Jazz Club, and the University of Tromsø, and is directed and chaired by Jens Chr. Kloster (trombone teacher) of the University’s department of Music. The University of Tromsø is the northernmost university in the world, making the ATLF-festival the northernmost low brass festival in the world!
ATLF is a meeting place for university/conservatory students, professionals, high school students and amateur musicians. They gather for concerts, lectures, master classes and social interaction. The relative small size of the festival makes it possible, and easy, to get to know each other really well. It has always been an aim to attract the best soloists and lectureres. (No one has ever turned down an invitation!)
This year’s soloists and presenters were the Danish wind pedagogue Kristian Steenstrup, the Norwegian tubist Eirik Gjerdevik, the trombonist Otmar Gaiswinkler of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Portoguese tubist Sérgio Carolino of the Oporto National Orchestra, the Swiss euphoniumst Thomas Rüedi and the Norwegian trombonist Frode Thingnæs.
Additional guests were the Norwegian Wind Ensemble (www.dnbe.no) and soloists from the professional military bands in Norway; Bjørn Breistein on euphonium and Andreas Bratland on tuba. For the last years the festival has become a site for premiereing many new compositions both by Norwegian and foreign composers. This year it was Lene Grenager and Morten Eide Pedersen who wrote solo pieces for the international soloists. The world premieres were accompanied by the Tromsø Chamber Orchestra. Exciting new music for string orchestra and trombone, tuba and euphonium. The soloists clearly showed their world class.
There were also other new pieces that got their first performance during the festival. Torstein Aagaard Nilsen’s new piece for solo tuba was performed by Eirik Gjerdevik, and Erik Stifjell’s composition for three trombones was performed by Lasse Skalle, Henning Andreassen and Thomas Dalhaug. On the same concert the audience also was exposed to classic and more contemporary music of Portuguese composers.
In previous festivals these soloists have appeared: Øystein Baadsvik, Rex Martin, Jens Bjørn Larsen, Mel Culbertson, Jukka Myllys, Shoichiro Hokazono, Sverre Olsrud, Demondrae Thurman, Brandt Attema, Ben van Dijk, Jorgen van Rijen, Michel Becquet, John Kenny, Bertil Strandberg, Vincent Nilsson, and Nils Landgren.
Stay informed about the Arctic Trombone & Low Brass Festival further events at their website www.atlf.no.
West Coast Premiere of Jim Self’s “Tour de Force,” Episodes for Wind Band
The USC Thornton Wind Ensemble, under the direction of H. Robert Reynolds, performed the West Coast Premier of Jim Self’s “Tour de Force,” Episodes for Wind Band on March 29, 2010.
With the encouragement John Daniels and Frank Ticheli, Self created a wind band version of the orchestra piece. It has been quite a successful endeavor. Among its several performances is a premier spot on a major program at CBDNA in New Mexico on April 9th. Sandy and John Daniels and Self’s alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, were co-commissioners of the wind band version.
Spanish Brass performs with the Ciudad de Granada Orchestra
SBLM with Lluís Vidal, Miguel Ríos, and Josep Pons
Spanish Brass Luur Metalls performed the Concert for Brass Quintet and Orchestra by the Catalan composer Lluís Vidal with the Ciudad de Granada Orchestra, conducted by Josep Pons, on February 26 at the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones of Granada (Spain). SBLM commissioned this piece from Lluís Vidal and premiered it last January 15 at the Spanish National Auditorium in Madrid with the Orquesta Nacional de España, also conducted by Josep Pons. This is not the first time that the quintet performs with the Ciudad de Granada Orchestra; in 2009 they performed together the work La Devota Lasciva by the Valencian composer Juanjo Colomer.
It is worth mentioning that Carlos Benetó and Juanjo Serna, the trumpet players of Spanish Brass Luur Metalls, were founding members of the Ciudad de Granada Orchestra, and for this reason the group has a close relationship with, and a great fondness for, this orchestra.
Breathtaking NY Debut for Childs
David & Dr. Karl Jenkins on 7th Avenue
David and proud parents Lorraine & Robert, with composer Karl Jenkins backstage
Following what has been described by the composer as an “absolutely breathtaking” concerto performance, reviews, photos, and letters of acknowledgement are filtering through from David’s Carnegie Hall debut. “As Artistic Director for Distinguished Concerts International New York, I
had the distinct pleasure of being a member of the audience in the United States premiere of Karl Jenkins’ Euphonium Concerto and the Carnegie Hall debut appearance of David Childs as the soloist. The New York audience was mesmerized by David’s playing, and enthusiastically recognized his presentation as a true virtuoso of the instrument. I would concur that not
only is David a Euphonium player of the highest standard, but is a musician’s musician. Bravo David. (Jonathan Griffith – Artistic Director DCINY)”
Jason Ham (USA Yamaha Artist) stated, “As one who is constantly trying to advance the euphonium here in the USA, it is important that the instrument be seen and heard in our very best venues by the very best performers throughout the nation. As you can imagine, it was indeed a treat to witness a bit of history when the incomparable David Childs took the stage in Carnegie last Saturday evening. Having been in his place on that very stage, I knew what he was feeling…only this time, it was on an entirely different level! His sound and technique were precisely what you would expect from a virtuoso, and the feel for the Jenkins concerto was well-thought and mastered. What an added bonus it was to see the music being so accurately performed from memory, which so rarely happens from even the best soloists! It was truly wonderful to see a critical New York audience give Dave the standing ovation he rightly deserved.”
Rex Martin Activities
Rex Martin, professor of tuba at Northwestern University, has performed a wide variety of concerts and events and will continue to do so this summer. Last fall he presented a week-long workshop with the brass section of the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen and then conducted the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra in three concerts. In December, he presented a recital and masterclass at the University of the Arts in Berlin. On January 19, he hosted Carol Jantsch, principal tubist of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, as she presented a masterclass and recital at Northwestern University. He just finished three months of work with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where Bob Bauchens and he performed on Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust. It was the first time in the history of the Lyric Opera that an opera has been presented with two tubas in the orchestra pit. In June, he will perform with and present a workshop with the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Osaka, Japan. From June 28–July 2 Fritz Kaenzig and Rex Martin will present a week of masterclasses at Northwestern University. Both of them will present recitals during the week. From July 18–31, he will be teaching and performing at the Ticino Musica festival in Lugano, Switzerland.
Tubist Steve Dumaine Presents Masterclass in West Virginia
Steve Dumaine, tubist for the National Symphony Orchestra, presented a tuba masterclass on Friday, April 9at Glenville State College Department of Fine Arts. Other members of the orchestra will also be presenting masterclasses at the same time. The National Symphony Orchestra also performed that evening at 7:00 pm at the Glenville State College Department of Fine Arts Auditorium.
Neal Corwell Performs in West Virginia
Former “Pershing’s Own” euphonium soloist Dr. Neal Corwell performed at Glenville State College on Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00 pm where he gave a small recital, masterclass, and question and answer session. On Friday, April 23, Dr. Corwell soloed with the Glenville State College Concert Band at 8:00 pm. Both events were in the Glenville State College Department of Fine Arts Auditorium.
Marshall Tuba and Euphonium Day
On Saturday, April 10th Marshall University in Huntington, W. V. hosted a tuba and euphonium event. Organized by Marshall tuba instructor Dr. George Palton, the event featured guest artist performances and clinics by Lloyd Bone, Zach Collins, Sean Greene, Jason Roland Smith, and Tony Zilincik. The event also featured a mass ensemble, clinic, and masterclass with National Symphony Orchestra trombonists and tuba and euphonium ensemble performances.
Charley Brighton Premieres New Euphonium Works
Charley Brighton and Maclome Stowell
U. K. Willson Euphonium Artist Charley Brighton premiered three new works for the euphonium in contrasting settings this past winter.On Saturday, November 7, he premiered Salvation Army composer Terry Treherne’s Maestoso Spiritoso in its new brass band setting, with the Staines Band of the Salvation Army, conducted by bandmaster Tim Parker, with the composer present.
On Saturday, November 21, with the BBC Elstree Winds, he premiered Horizons by Ken Friedrich (Texas) at the historic St. John’s Church in Waterloo, London. This is a new, atmospheric wind band setting of Ken’s Air No. 28 done especially for Charley and the BBC Band, conducted by Andrew Morley.
Lastly on Saturday, December 14, he premiered the new arrangement (also by Terry Treherne) of Infant Holy for euphonium with organ at a double Christmas concert with International Theatre Organist, Len Rawle. The concert featured the restored Wurlitzer and was part of a season of concerts run by the American Theatre Organ Society, based in Woking, Surrey, U. K.
Charley Brighton also premiered a new work by London composer/arranger/pianist Tony Matthews at short notice in January, earlier this year.Tuba Train is a six movement work that was quickly adapted for euphonium by the composer (as the original tuba player was unavailable) especially for Tubalations, a low brass event held in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, with guests Derick Kane (euphonium) and Carl Woodman (tuba) and the Salvation Army “T4” Tuba Quartet. Tony Matthews is also putting the finishing touches to A Circus Romp for six-part baritone/euphonium/tuba ensemble (at Charley’s request) for another Tubalations event in October, at Staines Salvation Army Band Headquarters.
Charley Brighton started his ninth season of recitals at St. Mary’s Slough with two new premieres for 2010. If for euphonium and piano, took its title from the Rudyard Kipling poem and was composed for Charley by Edward Messerschmidt, currently an adjunct music professor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Charley previously premiered his Diversions in 2006.
The second new work was Little Serenade by Lorenzo Melissano from Italy. This is a contrasting light piece to the two previous challenging works; Centurion and Masquerade premiered at St. Mary’s. Other music included three of Charley’s own adaptations of classical piano works by Chopin, Ilynsky, and Grovlez.The recital on February 20was Charley’s 37th, and he was joined by guest Rosie Ellis in an euphonium duet. Malcolm Stowell was accompanied at the piano and organ.
The recital also featured a selection of vintage euphoniums, both on display and in use during the concert. Charley will also be performing with the BBC Winds at the Proms at St. Jude’s in Hampstead, North London and the London Brass Symposium later in the year at the Regent Hall in Oxford Street, Central London. For more information go to www.euph9.freeserve.co.uk.
Premier of the Concerto Dolce Suono for Euphonium and Strings
Composer Albert Guinovart
The Spanish composer Albert Guinovart will have his first concerto for euphonium and string orchestra performed next March in Catalonia (Spain). With a masterful accompaniment of strings and faithful to his style, Guinovart presents a very lyrical concerto. The work is entitled Dulce Suono, inspired by the sweet sound of the instrument. With this unusual timbral combination, the composer does a sincere and brilliant work. The concerto is dedicated to the young Spanish player Víctor Ferragut who will perform the premiere. He will be accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra Germinans under the baton of principal conductor Àlex Sansó. For more information contact Víctor Ferragut at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tubist William Roper Premieres New Works
William Roper and soprano Christina Lindhardt
Los Angeles area freelance tubist, William Roper, presented a performance of his compositions at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles on April 22. The concert was produced by the USC Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles and the German-American Cultural Society as part of L.A. Opera’s Ring Festival Los Angeles and is produced by Cornelius Schnauber, director of the Max Kade Institute.
The program titled “From the Dorf to the ‘Hood’” featured solos and duets inspired by the composer’s residency at the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Bavaria and the music of Richard Wagner. The evening also featured several unusual instruments associated with the era and motifs of Wagner’s Ring, including the Wagner tuba, helicon, cimbasso, and harp. Performing with Roper were Christina Linhardt-soprano, Carolyn Sykes-harp, Luis Albert Clifford Childers-euphonium, and Steve Durnin-Wagner tuba. Three of the works were premieres.
The programmed works are Cloud Hidden Whereabouts Unknown, ver.2 for soprano and tuba (helicon), Cygnus olor-Schwanengesangen for solo cimbasso, Procyon lotor-Überall hänge ich meinen Hut ist Haus for solo euphonium (premiere), Die Götter verlassen Valhalla-mein Gott, alle jene Köpfe! for Wagner Tuba and contrabass tuba (premiere), and Der Schwanherzog for soprano and harp (premiere).
William Roper, a Los Angeles based artist, works in the disciplines of music, theater, and visual arts. He has received awards from NEA, Djerassi Institute, Durfee Foundation, among others. His works have been performed throughout the United States and in Germany. As a tubist he has performed as soloist and in a variety of ensembles in North and South America and Europe. He has released several CDs as a leader and co-leader.
Kent Eshelman at University of North Texas
On February 22and 23Kent Eshelman presented a guest artist tuba recital and masterclass at the University of North Texas, hosted by Donald Little, Regents Professor or Tuba. In honor of black history month, Dr. Eshelman performed as part of his program “Waltz” from Cantabile for Tuba by an African-American composer, Ozie Cargile. Kent Eshelman is currently Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium and Baylor University.
Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop Announces 2010 Composition Contest Prizewinners
Tony Clements, Director of the Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop, announced the 2010 Composition Contest winners on Monday, February 15, 2010.
John W. N. Palmer from Kingston, Ontario, Canada won the first place prize of $2000 with his sextet titled Neo-Baroque Suite. Leon Steward, of Castroville, TX, took second place, winning $1000 for The Invasion of America. The $500 third place prize was awarded to James
Joannesson Kopf of Washington, Ca., for The Rupert Suite. Peter Felice, of Monticello, Ind. received Honorable Mention recognition for Stages of Tragedy.
The contest focused on original works for brass sextet written for college-level players.
Compositions had multiple movements totaling 13 to 15 minutes duration. All qualifying contest entries were played and evaluated by the workshop coaching staff, professional brass musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area and Oregon. Amateur musicians will perform this year’s contest submissions in a workshop format during the July 2010 Brass Chamber Music Workshop at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Ca.
“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 our announcement of the 2011 contest this spring.” The Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop is held each summer in two one-week sessions. 2010 sessions are scheduled for July 18–24 and July 25–31. 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 www.humboldt.edu/~extended/special/brass/.
An Excessive Boneyard
Cimbassi L-R Doug Tornquist (F Rudolf Meinl), Jim Self, BBb (Mirafone/King/Palansch/Minick hybrid), Ross DeRoche (CC Rudolf Meinl)–formerly Tommy Johnson’s instrument, and John Van Houten (CC Rudolf Meinl).
On February 24, 2010 there was a demo recording call at Warner Brother’s Studio for film composer, Austin Wintory. It was a huge brass section, of 8 horns, 12 tenor trombones, 4 bass trombones and 4 cimbassi. The cue was titled “An Excessive Boneyard.” The photos were by Dan Goldwasser.
B&S changes its distribution in Germany, Austria and Benelux
Gerhard Meinl and Jakob von Wolff
In light of many significant changes in the global markets as well as in the musical instrument segment, the Germany-based brass-wind manufacturer B&S GmbH has decided to change its distribution setup in Germany, Austria, and Benelux. Starting with Frankfurt Music Fair 2010, it will no longer distribute their brands “B&S,” “Hans Hoyer,” and “J. Scherzer” through a third party wholesaler but start a direct distribution to the retail stores. In the same way, B&S GmbH will distribute the “Melton/Meinl Weston” brand in the said markets.
Following this decision, Gerhard A. Meinl will return to the management of his company: “I am in the seventh generation in this business, and I am proud to celebrate 200 years since the beginning of my family business. In times of such significant changes, it is only normal for me to be the front figure of my team. My long-term business partner Jakob von Wolff will continue to shape the day-to-day operations of the company. Together we will promote our products and work for a happy and satisfied customer base.”
New Euphonium Mouthpiece Launched
Steven Mead’s new Ultra euphonium mouthpiece
A new range of euphonium mouthpieces designed by virtuoso euphonium player Steven Mead has now been launched. The new ‘Ultra’ range was launched recently to great acclaim simultaneously at Music China in Shanghai and at the National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall.
Steven Mead designed his original SM series for Denis Wick back in 1995, but recent changes in instrument design and Steven’s desire for perfection, have been the spur to create this new design. After many prototypes, the Ultra SM3U was finally given Steven’s consent and was met with universal approval at both Music China and the Brass Band Championships.
The new mouthpiece has a different, heavier outer shape, a slightly more rounded cup and a slightly sharper inner edge to the rim. The sound is powerful, with a beautiful singing high register.
Steven Mead said “From an initial concept drawing we started to get closer to the desired goal. Each prototype was subjected to rigorous testing in different acoustics, using ‘blind’ judges listening to the new mouthpiece in relation to others. Each time following the tests we were able to make it a little better, then again a little better. Finally, we arrived at the finished version and I’m delighted with it!”
Chinese-born Allen Fan, a rising euphonium star based in Switzerland, commented “the Ultra has such a powerful high register – I think that is the loudest top B that I have ever played!”
Initially available in two sizes only (SM3U and SM4U) the range will soon include other models for euphonium and baritone. For more information go to www.deniswick.com.
Free Tuba Music!
Keith Robinson, composer/tubist
In the summer 2008, Keith J. Robinson launched a website that provides free tuba music in the form of downloadable PDFs. In Robinson’s words, “www.tuba4u.com provides creative, challenging, fun, free tuba music for tubists around the planet.” The music is grouped in three levels, by performing experience, with some overlapping occurring: Level One is for beginning through third year tubists; Level Two is for middle school and high school tubists; Level Three is for college and professional level tubists. Robinson, who has received degrees from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Texas State University and teaches at Texas Lutheran University, first came up with the idea of a website six years ago when a high school student asked about sites that offered free tuba music. Mr. Robinson said, “I couldn’t find anything that fit his request. I have always enjoyed composing, and I was frequently creating exercises and solos for myself, and my students. So why not offer my music to a wider audience?… “There really is something for everyone. I hope ITEA members can benefit from this resource through downloading the free PDFs and perhaps adding tuba4u to their music libraries, their practice rooms, their recitals, and their recordings,” said Mr. Robinson. For free music and more information go to www.tuba4u.com.
Alessandro Fossi Launches New Tuba Website
Tuba soloist and tuba teacher at Conservatorio “G. Rossini” in Pesaro, Alessandro Fossi, recently launched his own website (www.alessandrofossi.net). The website features news, photos, recordings, links and contact information. Of special note is the release of his new recording, Bel Canto. The recording features a wide variety of music including Mozart and Bach selections as well as “Variations on a Theme” from Bellini’s Norma, “Apres Un Reve,” Tosca Act II- “Vissi D’arte,” Czardas, and Once Upon a Time in the West.
New Tuba and Euphonium Quartet Recording
Knock Yourself Out is the debut release from the Off Bass Brass, a group of military musicians from the Washington, D. C. area. Off Bass Brass is Mark Jenkins and Ryan McGeorge, euphonium and John Cradler and Tom Holtz, tuba. The members of Off Bass Brass started working together as a quartet in 2004. From the early stages of the group’s development, it was clear that the goal was to take their music in a different direction. Since that time, the Off Bass Brass has continued to explore widely different genres of music in order to set itself apart as a chamber ensemble, as well as expand the repertoire of the tuba-euphonium quartet. The group also makes a concerted effort to commission new compositions and arrangements, often adding additional performers. They have been fortunate to work with outstanding composers and arrangers and truly gifted musicians from outside the group. It is this collaborative atmosphere that provided the impetus for this recording. Included on this recording are works by Daniel McCarthy, Franz Biebl, Alexander Glazunov, Hank Levy, Metallica, and Less Hooper.
Knock Yourself Out is available from Potenza Music (www.potenzamusic.com). Many of the original editions are published by Potenza Music also.
Hollywood Tubist Releases First Solo Recording
Doug Tornquist has recently released his first solo CD, Feels Like Far. Doug is one of the top tubists in the Hollywood studios and first call for many prominent film composers, He teaches at California State Northridge, California State Fullerton, and University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and is the Principal Tuba in the Long Beach Symphony. His recent credits include The Princess and the Frog and he was seen live on the BCS Rose Bowl with Josh Groban.
Feels Like Far features three brand new pieces for tuba and mixed chamber ensembles by Anne McGinty, the Morton Gould Suite for Tuba and Three French Horns, and the premiere recording of the Bruce Broughton Bipartition for Cello and Tuba (1980). He is assisted by several of Los Angeles’ finest recording and orchestral musicians. The recording is available at http://McGintyMusic.com, Cdbaby, and from Doug at ToneQuestInc@gmail.com.
New Recording from Patrick Stuckemeyer
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Footprints is the latest release from euphonium soloist, Pat Stuckemeyer. A landmark recording for the euphonium, Footprints is the combined effort of the Herberger School for the Arts at Arizona State University, the Euphonium Educational Endowment, and the soloist. The entire disc is not only previously unrecorded material but was commissioned specifically for this ensemble, soloist and recording. Produced by brass-legend, Sam Pilafian, Footprints brings these new works to life under the baton of Gary Hill and the Arizona State University Wind Ensemble. Included on this recording are works by James Barnes, Peter Meechan, Anthony Zilincik, Stephen Roberts, and Noah D. Taylor. Footprints is available from Potenza Music (www.potenzamusic.com).
Barton Cummings Music Performances
Mr. Barton Cummings is no stranger to us in the tuba and euphonium world as he has composed many fine works for our instruments. He has been an avid and dedicated supporter of the tuba and euphonium world his entire career. I believe it is only fitting to highlight some recent performances of his many fine compositions:
June 12, 2009: Premiere of Pastorale for Euphonium and Piano by John Del Vento, euphonium and Anne Vogelwede Green, piano in Litchfield, Connecticut.
October 11, 2009: Premiere of Three Austen Dialogues by Nick Byrne, Ophicleide and Festival –founder Len Vorster, Piano at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival –Western Victoria Australia. The performance was repeated at the Melbourne, Australia, International Festival of Brass.
October 12, 2009: Remembrance for Tuba and Brass Band by Dr. Kenyon Wilson, Tuba and the Queen City Brass Band, Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. John Harding, Conductor.
November 1, 2009: Premiere of Excursions for Tuba and Harpsichord by Phillip Black, Tuba and Kyoung Hee Lee, Harpsichord at Wichita State University. Also on the same program the premiere of Five Segments for Solo Tuba by Philip Black, Tuba.
NOVEMBER 8, 2009: Premiere of Suite No. 6(Octuba) for Solo Tuba and Piano by Phillip Black, Tuba and Helen Griffin, Piano at Wichita State University.
For more information concerning any of Mr. Cumming’s compositions, contact him at email@example.com.
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