Lloyd Bone, Associate Editor
Congratulations to tubist Kent Eshelman as the new Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Baylor University. In addition to teaching applied tuba and euphonium, he will perform in the faculty brass quintet and team-teach brass literature. Dr. Eshelman joins the Baylor faculty following full-time appointments at Northern Arizona University and Western Kentucky University.
Congratulations to Dr. Seth Fletcher as he was just recently appointed as Lecturer of Low Brass and Music Theory at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and will hit the ground running this fall. He was previously a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where he studied with Dennis Askew and was previously at Tennessee Technological University where he studied with R. Winston Morris.
Tuba Music from Around the World
Summit Records has just released a debut solo CD called Four Corners: Tuba Music from around the World on their Summit Education division. The recording is by John Manning, Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Iowa. The recording features works by composers from several different countries, including Costa Rica, Australia, China, and the United States.
Recorded in June 2005, this CD features the premier of Retratos by Vinicio Meza, which was commissioned by Mr. Manning. Four Corners also features a very unique work for tuba and Guzheng, an ancient Chinese string instrument, played by Shin-Yi Yang, and arranged by Dr. Chi-Sun Chan. From Australia, the Tuba Concerto by Barry McKimm includes three beautiful and lively movements.
From the United States, he included the haunting Fantasy on a Lakota Theme by Kenton Bales and the melodic one-movement work, Silhouette, which was written for Mr. Manning’s teacher Sam Pilafian.
Finally, as a proponent of new and improvised music, the final selection on this CD is entitled Dark. In three movements; “Playing Hearts with Jerry,” “Shelliloquy,” and “Asunder,” is an acoustic landscape Mr. Manning composed and recorded and improvised over tracks. Free bonus tracks through Summit Records will include the background tracks to “Dark,” for those who might be interested in improvising and/or performing their own version.
For more information concerning this recording, visit Summit Records at www.summitrecords.com.
Highly Diverse New Tuba Recording
Tom McCaslin, Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at East Carolina University, has released his first solo album Inside Out on Crystal Records. Included on this CD are pieces by an international mix of composers such as Frank Zappa, Jorge Salgueiro, Elizabeth Raum, Juraj Filas, Francois Thullier, and Sam Pilafian. Of particular interest is the world premiere recording of Frank Zappa’s Outside Now Again for solo tuba.
The legendary tuba virtuoso Roger Bobo called Tom McCaslin ”a great tubist” and wrote that ”the repertoire on this CD is the most interesting that there’s been in a very long time. The CD is a winner. I predict it will be a big seller.” Inside Out is available from Crystal Records (www.crystalrecords.com, 360-834-7022) and www.amazon.com.
McCaslin has performed with the Auckland Philharmonia, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has presented recitals worldwide and is currently Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. For more information please visit www.tommccaslin.com!
Charley Brighton Set to Premiere a New Work for Euphonium
U.K. Euphonium soloist Charley Brighton will premiere a new work by American composer Joe Miserendino (from Pennsylvania) at his 35th recital on August 22nd in his eighth season at the beautiful St. Mary’s Parish Church in Slough, Berkshire in England.
The new three-movement work, composed recently for Charley and accompanist Malcolm Stowell, is titled A Summer Suite (Sunday Afternoon in the Park). The composer writes on the score, “Memories of the simple tunes and simpler times of yesteryear-the music wafting from the bandstand and being enjoyed by the strollers, picnickers, courting couples and senior citizens-a lilting waltz, a sentimental ballad and of course, a virtuoso finale.”
Leaving the modern day Willson Euphonium aside and with the period style of the music very much in mind, Charley intends to perform each movement on a different vintage five valve euphonium from his collection. Two of the euphoniums are by Highams of Manchester, dated 1891 and 1902, plus a new addition, a 1900s Hawkes model.
Also on the program is his own adaptation of the romantic Nocturne No. 13 in D minor by John Field (1782–1837), originally for piano solo but based on the oboe and piano edition made in 1946 by Evelyn Rothwell and Alfonso Gibilaro.
Michael Crowther recently made his debut solo appearance at St. Mary’s. A student of Charley’s he performed Dvorak’s Cavatina no.1 (from 4 Romantic Pieces) and the traditional Welsh air, The Dove, with Malcolm at the piano. For more information go to http://www.joesmusicroom.com/ and http://www.euph9.freeserve.co.uk/
Obituary: Arthur Lehman (1917–2009)
Arthur W. Lehman, former euphoniumist with the U.S. Marine Band ìPresident’s Own,î passed away on June 19, 2009. Lehman played an important role as a performer, pedagogue, and innovator in the euphonium’s development as a recognized instrument during his career in the military and beyond. He authored many important articles and also a text entitled ìThe Art of Euphonium Playing.î His influence on the euphonium’s evolvement was pivotal, and ITEA and the international musical community will deeply miss Mr. Lehman.
An article-tribute is being planned for publication in an upcoming issue for the Journal. If you have questions about this project or would like to contribute, please contact the project’s coordinator Lloyd Bone (Lloyd.Bone@glenville.edu) or the Journal Editor Jason Smith (email@example.com).
Euphonium Soloist Featured at Carnegie Hall
“According to the Archives of Carnegie Hall, stretching back to Joseph Raffaloyo’s performance of his own composition Irish Fantasie on January 23, 1893 with Sousa’s Band, there have been only 14 times in the history of this hall that the euphonium has been featured as a solo instrument in its auditorium (now called Stern Auditorium),” states Jason Ham.
The latest of these came on April 8th, 2009, when euphonium soloist Jason Ham was featured as part of the New York City Wind Band Festival, performing the North American premiere of Bert Appermont’s euphonium concerto, Cantiphonia.
Jason performed the work with the Weber State University Wind Ensemble (Ogden, Utah), who closed the day long festival. At 22 minutes in length, this performance marked the longest that a euphonium soloist has ever been on stage in the auditorium of Carnegie Hall. A future article on the euphonium’s presence in Carnegie is in the works from Mr. Ham. Mr. Ham is a Yamaha Performing Artist and is euphonium faculty at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Mr. Ham also performed on Friday, April 24, 2009 in Montclair, New Jersey where he presented his first solo performance with the bands at Montclair State as a faculty member, performing Pete Meechan’s Devil’s Duel. On Wednesday, May 27, 2009 in Corvallis, Oregon, Mr. Ham presented his third performance of David Gillingham’s new euphonium concerto, Summer of 2008 at Oregon State University. For more information on these events visit www.jasondham.com.
Hanson Conducts Farewell Concert
While at the Eastman School of Music, Byron Hanson was an euphoniumist in the famous Eastman Wind Ensemble in addition to being a prodigious pianist and conductor. His collaboration with his then student colleague, Thom Ritter George, produced one of the staples of the euphonium solo repertoire, George’s Sonata for Baritone Horn. Hanson has spent most of his career as an educator at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, beginning in the summer of 1958, before the Interlochen’s boarding high school opened. He joined the full-time staff of the Interlochen Arts Academy in 1965, its fourth year of operation and served in a variety of roles and eventually served as the conductor of the Orchestra and later the Academy Band.
This May, Byron Hanson conducted his farewell concert at Interlochen’s Corson Auditorium. He led the Interlochen Arts Academy Band and showcased a few of his favorite works in a concert that was free and open to the public.
While Mr. Hanson will step down from his position as director of the Academy Band, he will not be leaving Interlochen. Hanson’s long career at Interlochen will begin a new chapter as he takes the position of archivist for Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Rex Martin Tuba Travels and Inheritance of a Very Special Tuba
Rex Martin with his new Besson F
Mr. Martin will return to Europe in June for what will be his 102nd trip to Europe. He’ll be performing recitals and giving master classes this summer in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and, of course, Evanston, Illinois!
Last July, (and again this July), Gene Pokorny and Mr. Martin gave a week of masterclasses at Northwestern University and each performed solo recitals. They also performed on each other’s recitals. The classes were very enthusiastic and ranged from advanced high school students to professionals and university professors. Everyone involved was very satisfied and inspired—especially the two teachers!
Last month Mr. Martin received a Besson F tuba (4 valves, compensating, 13 inch
bell) from Hans Andersen, retired tubist of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in Denmark. He had received the tuba from John Fletcher. Mr. Martin is thrilled to have such a beautiful instrument with such a special provenance, especially since Mr. Martin fondly remembers playing on that instrument at John Fletcher’s house when he stayed with him in 1985. He’ll be performing seven solo recitals this summer on this instrument. Mr. Martin said it is a great complement to his Besson E-flat, which was given to him by Ed Livingston, and which he played on his solo CD Rex Martin Live in Japan.
Alessandro Fossi Masterclasses
Mr. Fossi will have two different master classes this summer. The first will be in July (21 to 29) with his quintet, Gomalan Brass in Riva del Garda, a beautiful town in the upper side of Garda. It will include nine days of lessons with all the members of quintet, concerts and a final concert with a big brass band with all the students together with GMB (Gomalan Brass). For more information please visit www.musicarivafestival.com. The second masterclass will be in August (19 to 22) in Santa Fiora (GR) in another beautiful little town in the middle of Tuscany, in the Monte Amiata side. This is a must for all the brass players, with many of the best musicians and teachers of the world! For more information please visit www.italianbrassweek.com.
New England, Summer and Euphonium!
Dr. Richard Kesner, College of Business Administration Professor at Northeastern University, is performing several euphonium recitals around the New England region. Dr. Kesner has already performed one recital and will be performing two more. One will be with the Beantown Brass Quintet on June 28, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at the Congregational church of Needham, Massachusetts at 1154 Great Plain Avenue. The other will be Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bremen Union Church in Bremen, Maine. He will be performing a wide range of music from Bach to Curnow to Marcello to Sparke.
Alfred Reed’s Fantasia for Tuba Has New Life
Recently, Robert Rÿker, Music Director, Tokyo Sinfonia and Principal Tuba of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 1960–73 and one of the founders of TUBA, just completed his orchestration of Alfred Reed’s Fantasia for Tuba. Originally written for tuba and piano, it was one of the early commissions of TUBA.
After Dr. Reed’s death, Mr. Rÿker just didn’t have the heart to complete any of the projects he and Dr. Reed had agreed on, of which a half dozen or more still remain in Mr. Rÿker’s files. But, at Dr. Reed’s suggestion, the Fantasia was one of three works Mr. Rÿker had already started on, and he believes the orchestration works quite well.
Before Mr.Rÿker met Dr. Reed, he didn’t even know his name, but he then discovered a truly great, universally beloved composer of American music. Mr. Rÿker has arranged many other Alfred Reed works for orchestra. For performances in America, please contact Evan Hause at Piedmont Music in New York. Or for more information contact Mr. Rÿker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble Featured Nationally on PBS
The internationally acclaimed Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble was featured during late April across the United States on all Public Broadcasting Stations. They were featured in TUBA U: Basso Profundo, a new collaboration by Emmy award winning writer, director, and producer Todd Jarrell and WCTE-TV. The show primarily focuses on the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble 40th Anniversary All-Star Alumni Ensemble and the group’s landmark recording sessions and performances in Chicago, the United States Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and Carnegie Hall. It also features a German tuba factory and shows what makes a tuba with the help of surgical equipment. It explores the tuba lineage, from Bill Bell, to Harvey Phillips to his protégé and tuba legend, R. Winston Morris. For more information concerning this landmark program, go to www.tubau.org/ and www.pbs.org/tubau/.
The 2009 Euphonium Foundation Consortium Commission
The goal of the Euphonium Foundation Consortium Commission is to reach out to the tuba and euphonium community and help to continue developing the repertoire for our instruments. Through an annual consortium commission that involves a variety of works focused on different playing levels and chamber combinations, the Consortium Commission hopes to reach a broad audience and involve as many students, professors, adult players, and professional players as possible. Through community efforts we can continue to grow and expand the role of our instruments. After reading about this year’s exciting opportunities for you to be involved, please consider the support optionsfor this year’s projects (www.euphonium.com/store/index.php). As a member, you not only receive a copy of the commissions, but also have your name listed in the program notes for everyone to see your investment in the future of the euphonium.
If you would like more information and background, feel free to visit at www.euphonium.com/consortium2009.html.