Lloyd Bone, Associate Editor
APPOINTMENT, AWARDS AND HONORS
The Beta Alpha Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga presented Dr. Kenyon Wilson with the Orpheus award on April 15, 2008. The Orpheus Award is the highest honor a chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia can bestow and is given to an individual who has significantly and lastingly contributed to the cause of music in America. An honoree may only receive the Orpheus Award once.
Beta Alpha chapter President Jason McCarthy presents the Orpheus Award to Kenyon Wilson.
Congratulations to Tim Olt as he was recently appointed Tuba/Euphonium Instructor at Miami University (OH), Ohio Northern University and Northern Kentucky University. He is also in his second year teaching at Wittenberg University. At Miami, in addition to teaching tuba and euphonium he conducts the brass choir and tuba/euphonium ensemble. Mr. Olt also performs with the faculty brass quintets at Miami and Ohio Northern. Also, congratulations to Mr. Olt’s tuba and euphonium quartet, All the King’s Tubas, as they have been invited to perform at the 2009 OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association) Professional Development Conference. The conference is in Columbus, Ohio at the Columbus Convention Center on January 15–17, 2009. Lastly, Mr. Olt was recently offered the tuba position with The Ambassador Brass Quintet. The group tours internationally, giving concert and masterclasses. They spent 21 days in Thailand this summer, performing and teaching up to three times per day. They were joined by the U.S. Ambassador, Eric John, who is also a very fine trombonist, for a concert in Phitsanulok, Thailand. For more information concerning Mr. Olt or All the King’s Tubas, go to www.timolt.com/atkt/
Salutations to Scott Roeder as he has been appointed to the faculty at the University of Texas-Pan American where he teaches the tuba/euphonium studio, brass ensemble, and pep band. Scott has received degrees from the University of Illinois, University of Akron, and is currently finishing dissertation work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been principal tubist with the Midland-Odessa Symphony, Lone Star Brass Quintet, and the Texas Music Festival and has performed with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, LaCrosse Symphony, Canton Symphony, and Illinois Symphony. His major teachers include Mickey Moore, Tucker Jolly, and John Stevens.
Congratulations to tubist Jay Parke for being named a winner of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Concerto Competition. Parke, a senior at UTC, is the first tubist to win in the history of this competition. He is a student of Kenyon Wilson and a member of the UTC Student Brass Quintet. As a result of his winning, he will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for Bass Tuba on November 25, 2008 with the UTC Orchestra, Maestro Jooyong Ahn conducting.
Congratulations to the University of Arkansas Professor of Tuba and Euphonium Dr. Benjamin Pierce as he won first place in the tuba division and second place in the euphonium division at the Jeju International Brass Competition. This prestigious competition’s past winners includes world class tuba and euphonium soloists such as Adam Frey and Roland Szentpáli. Their website states: “The Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival Organizing Committee seeks to find and foster young, talented wind instrumentalists from around the world and to give them an opportunity to share friendships and cultural exchange with one another. The Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival Organizing seeks to accomplish this goal through sponsorship of the Jeju International Band Festival in odd-numbered years which seeks after musical popularity, and in even-numbered years the Jeju International Ensemble Festival & Brass Competition which promotes the highest musical professionalism.”
The Breathing Gym Used in $1 Million Research Study Funded by The National Cancer Institute.
Chandler, Arizona [August 18, 2008] Researchers from the Indiana University SimonCancer Center and the I.U. School of Nursing are researching the use of exercises from TheBreathing Gym in a study examining techniques to help menopausal and post-menopausal women manage and reduce hot flashes. Dr. Debra Burns and Dr. Janet Carpenter fromIUPUI are using a series of exercises from music education’s most popular tactics book,The Breathing Gym, in an effort to find effective non-drug treatments for hot flashes.The National Cancer Institute has funded a $1 million research grant for this study. Cancer treatments often reduce or eliminate the effectiveness of traditional hot flash treatments.Researchers hope to find effective non-drug treatments for hot flashes, particularly regimens that can coincide with radiation therapy and pharmaceutical cancer treatments.The Breathing Gym is a book and DVD publication co-authored by Patrick Sheridan andSam Pilafian, music professors at Arizona State University. The Breathing Gym is the world’s best-selling breathing method for instrumental improvement. It is currently used by more than 6500 high schools, 3600 middle schools, 4800 elementary schools and 1100 universities worldwide. In their clinic schedule, the co-authors have brought The Breathing Gym to more than one million people. For additional information on The Breathing Gym, contact Patrick Sheridan at 602.327.3765, firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.PatrickSheridan.com.The Breathing Gym is available from the publisher Focus on Music at www.focus-on-music.com.
Denis Wick Products receives award from EFTA
Denis Wick Products, the UK’s leading manufacturer of brass instrument accessories, has been highly commended for its new packaging in the EFTA (the European Flexographic Technical Association) 2008 awards. The new packaging was designed to fit the complete range of Denis Wick mutes to protect them in store and in transit, as well as looking good when on display in music shops. The sturdy boxes give excellent protection to the mutes, and are easily opened and re-closed, making them suitable for pro shops where players like to try before they buy.
Stephen Wick commented, “We are very pleased with the brand identity that the new packaging projects. Some of our rivals still ship product in nothing stronger than a plastic bag; I feel that our new boxes reflect the high quality of our product.” The new packaging, in the Denis Wick brand color of burgundy, is designed and made by Smurfitt Kappa. The Denis Wick range includes metal straight mutes for tuba and euphonium, as well as practice mutes and wooden mutes.
NEW MUSIC and RECORDINGS
Fine Music for Euphonium
UK Wilson Euphonium artist Charley Brighton will premiere Sonata for Euphonium by American composer Elaine Fine in November. Mr. Brighton previously premiered her Little Suite for unaccompanied euphonium at St. Mary’s Slough, Berkshire. The new 3 movement work has been dedicated to Mr. Brighton and accompanist Malcolm Stowell, who will perform the work in a special recital at a new venue, All Saint’s Church, Wokingham, Berkshire, UK on November 22.The St. Mary’s audience will also get another premiere too as he will be performing another new work from Terry Treherne, Tranquility for euphonium and organ.
Mr. Brighton will also feature some of the vintage euphoniums in his collection, including a recent addition presented to him by Doug Ruby of the USA, a 1933 Conn Pan American euphonium. Mr. Brighton said, “I know the audience will love this unusual instrument, and it was so generous of Doug to send it to me.” For more information concerning Mr. Brighton’s premieres and his vintage euphonium collection, go to www.euph9.freeserve.co.uk/.
Trombone Ornaments, A Seasonal Celebration CD
This may be of some interest to all of you euphonium players out there and just in time for the holidays! Trombonists Fabio Sampo and M. Dee Stewart present a concert of distinctive music with their Christmas CD arranged especially for them by 11 international arrangers. They are joined by a jazz rhythm section of Luke Gillespie on piano, Bruce Bransby on bass, and Jay Ware on percussion.
Following the successful release of their Con Amore CD, Sampo and Stewart have developed a similar duet concept for their Christmas album. Arrangers from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Nashville, London, and Bloomington have contributed music specifically for trombone duo with jazz piano and other musical effects. The music is familiar for the season and ranges from the beautiful and poignant to the humorous and rousing. Luke Gillespie adds his special touch to the music with his incredible pianistic skills of jazz and classical.
Following a “Con Amore” performance in Italy, a comment from an Italian bank president suggested a new concept. He mentioned the idea of using the two-trombone sound with a jazz rhythm section to perform Christmas music. While there is considerable trombone quartet music, two trombones with piano and rhythm is a much neglected approach and yet has a great sound. This new concept was developed and arrangers were contacted and they immediately rose to the task. Within two months, 23 fantastic arrangements were sent. The music has been recorded and will be released by Summit Records in the fall of 2008. This fun and exhilarating new musical concept will be published by Elkjer Music and will be of great interest to the musical community and beyond.
The French musician’s magazine Le Lettre du Musicien has published in their recent summer edition a special dossier “Le Tuba”which contains articles on the history of the instrument including the ophicleide, saxhorn, and euphonium, repertoire, employment, competitions, reports on the different schools in Germany, USA, Italy, and the U.K., the instrumentent makers, and a discography. Lettre du Musicien is similar to the Instrumentalist in the USA and completely independent. Visit http://www.la-lettre-du-musicien.com for additional information.
Gerhard A. Meinl, International Vice President of ITEA, is happy to receive the first issue of no. 360 with the Dossier “Le Tuba” from the editor
Mm. Michele Worms right before the Salon de la Musique in Paris.
Brass Band of Battle Creek Upcoming Performances
Folks, if you have never heard the Brass Band of Battle Creek, well, you need to ASAP. They are a fantastic brass band with a wicked fine tuba and euphonium section. Here are some of their upcoming performances: Guest Artist at Morehead State University’s OCTUBAFEST at Morehead, Kentucky on Octuba 23, 2008. They will be performing The Wonderful World of Tuba featuring the magical works of Disney. The event is hosted by Dr. Stacy Baker. They will be performing Christmas concerts in Battle Creek, Michigan on December 6, 2008. They will also be guest artists at the University of Washington Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Seattle, Washington from January 7–11, 2009. The event is hosted by Chris Olka. Lastly, they will be on tour in the Cayman Islands for National Heroes Day. For more information concerning the Brass Band of Battle Creek go to www.bbbc.net.
Brass Band of Battle Creek Tuba and Euphonium Section from left to right: Les Neish, Phil Sinder, Marty Erickson, Dave Zerkel, Matt Tropman, Steven Mead, Gail Robertson, and Demondrae Thurman
SIDE NOTE: Concert Review submitted by Tom Hentschel
Brass Band of Battle Creek, Millennium Park Chicago, August 17, 2008
Shortly after ITEC in Cincinnati, my wife was searching online for free concerts in downtown Chicago. She looked up from the computer and asked me “Is this guy the same Steven Mead we just saw at the tuba conference?” Her question led to our discovery of the Brass Band of Battle Creek. Most brass bands are made up of local musicians who rehearse on a regular basis. The BBBC is made up of pros from all over the United States and Great Britain. Steven Mead told me that they come together to rehearse for a few days just before concerts because their schedules are too busy to meet regularly. The low brass section is made up of Phil Sinder and David Zerkel on BB-flat tuba, Marty Erikson and Les Neish on EE-flat tuba, Steven Mead and Matt Tropman on euphonium, and Gail Robertson and Demondrae Thurman on baritone horn. A line up of this caliber would be rare except at an ITEA conference.
The concert was held in Millennium Park in Chicago. The Jay Pritzger Pavilion in the park is one of the finest outdoor performing spaces in the country. This concert was free as are almost all of the concerts held there. Many folks will come out to picnic on the lawn and take in the evening’s performance. There were several thousand people in attendance and many of them had no idea what they were to hear that evening.
The concert began with most of the band spread throughout the audience. A small ensemble on stage “called them up” with a traditional jazz medley of “Swing Low Sweet Chariot/Saints” arranged by Jack Cortner. The remainder of the program consisted of:
“Scherzo” from Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op 93 By Shostakovich, arr. by Duncan The Rising Sun by Allen Vizzutti featuring Rex Richardson on trumpet Americans We by Henry Filmore, arr. Gray American Cival War Fantasy by Jerry Bilik, arr.Himes and Gra “The Hut of Baba Yaga” and “The Great Gate of Kiev” from Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, arr. Howarth/Gray St Louis Blues by W.C. Handy featuring Wycliffe Gordon on trombone “Tonight” from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, arr. Freeh Xylophonia by Joe Green featuring John Beck on xylophone “Lento” from Euphonium Concerto No. 1 by Philip Sparke featuring Steven Mead on euphonium “Finale” from Symphony No. 4 in F minor by Tchaikovsky, arr. Ashmore
The two encore numbers were Amazing Grace and Benny Goodman’s Sing, Sing, Sing.
The call for two encores indicates the level of audience appreciation. The variety of styles and sheer level of virtuosity stunned much of the audience. I’m sure many new brass converts were made that night. This was a great concert, especially for low brass lovers. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this group if they ever come to your area. My thanks to Marty Erickson for assembling the low brass for photos during intermission. More information on the Brass Band of Battle Creek can be found at BBBC.net
Sergio Carolino, Internationally famous Yamaha Tuba Artist, has released two new recordings. The first is with the European Tuba Trio which includes Mr. Carolino, Anthony Caillet and François Thuillier. This fantastic recording is entitled Jeudi 26 and features a wide variety of jazz works. They will be performing at the following places: Kymi Brass Festival – Finland (October 31, November 1 and 2, 2008). They will perform concerts and masterclasses in Casa da Música, Oporto: European Tuba Trio + ESMAE Big Band performing music by Paulo Perfeito and direction by Paulo Perfeito entitled Heavy Artillery for three jazz tubas and Jazz orchestra. For more information concerning this great recording, go to www.europeantubatrio.free.fr or www.myspace.com/europeantubatrio.
The other recording is by 2tUBAS&friends and is entitled Agreements & Disagreements and features Mr. Carolino and Anne Jelle Visser (tubas) and Michael Lauren (drums). They will be performing at the following places: October 3rd in Lucerne at the World Festival of Wind Bands, on October 5th in Amsterdam at the Muziekgebouw aan’t ij (BUIM HUIS) and on October 6th in Zurich at the University of Arts. Also, Mr. Carolino will be performing at the following places: on October 16th in Leuven, Belgium at the Lemmens Institute-Conservatory of Music and on October 17–18in Diksmuide, Belgium at the OVSG where he will give a masterclass and solo concert with wind band where he will perform Stephane Kregar’s Concerto for Tuba and Wind Band. Also, he will perform in Coruña, Spain where he will solo with the Portuguese Symphonic Wind Band at the Rosalia Theatre where he will perform Jorge Salgueiro’s Concerto for Tuba and Wind Band, Op. 136. For more information contact Mr. Carolino at SergioFBC@hotmail.com.
AN AMERICAN TUBIST IN PARIS
Alan Baer played with the New York Philharmonic on September 8 and 9 in Paris, France and Gerhard A. Meinl of Meinl-Weston did not hesitate to use the afternoon of September 9 for a masterclass and a “general French-American tuba-get-together at SML in Paris—the Meinl-Weston distributor in France. But not only students came but also professors of the conservatories of Paris as well as Phillipe Fritsch, professor at the Conservatoir National Superior de Paris and member of the Guard Republiquaine. So it was a first time for Alan to teach Saxhorn. The teachers and students were also interested in listening to Alan Baer´s approach to instrument design on his Meinl-Weston BAER CC and his KODIAK F. Lastly, he raised astonishment when he and Morris Kainuma (the 2nd tuba on this tour with the N.Y. Phil) explained that they played The Rite of Spring with 2 CCs.
Morris Kainuma and Alan Baer in front of Sale Pleyel in Paris;
Alan Baer giving a masterclass in Paris at Meinl Weston’s distributor
INTERNET PICK OF THE QUARTER
This is a fantastic website created and ran by euphonium soloist, teacher and clinician Adam Frey. It has a huge variety of information including: recordings, new sheet music, educational materials, a fantastic newsletter, repertoire lists, International Euphonium Institute video files and links, general tuba and euphonium links, a euphonium forum, blogs, etc. Many of the new works for euphonium have won prestigious awards and are fantastic additions to the euphonium repertoire.