Lloyd Bone, Associate Editor
Congratulations to Mike O’Connor who completed his doctorate at FSU and has accepted a position at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Mr. O’Connor is a euphonium player and was previously Assistant Professor of Musicology at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Congratulations to Frank Gazda as he was recently appointed to Delaware State University. Frank Gazda has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Delaware State University in Dover. He is a former faculty member at Wayne State College (NE), Shepherd University (WV), and Frederick Community College (MD).Dr. Gazda has performed on bass trombone, trombone, and euphonium with, among others, the Sioux City (IA) Symphony Orchestra and Brass Quintet, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony, the Richmond (VA) Symphony, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Supremes, and the Maryland Symphony Brass Quintet. He has been a guest artist at the International Trombone Festival, the Hawkeye Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference, the State University of New York at Potsdam, and at Shenandoah Conservatory. He was a finalist in the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition and the International Women’s Brass Conference National Solo Competition.
Congratulations to Jesse Chavez who recently won the audition for the tuba position with the SYNERGY Brass Quintet. For more information regarding Mr. Chavez and the SYNERGY Brass Quintet, go to their website at www.synergybrass.com.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND ACCOLADES
Titan of the Tuba!
R. Winston Morris, the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble’s director and Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Tennessee Tech University, was recently featured in an article at Ed News.Org, the Internet’s number one source for education news and information. The article was written by Michael F. Shaughnessy who is currently Professor in Educational Studies and is a Consulting Editor for Gifted Education International and Educational Psychology Review.The article is well done and has many insightful questions into the life and career of one of the most highly regarded directors and pedagogues in the tuba and euphonium world. Mr. Shaughnessy asks such questions as “What first got you into music, and then specifically the tuba? And, I have often heard it said that, “If you put a musical instrument into a child’s hands early enough, those hands will never hold a gun or a knife to harm or injure others.” I am not sure who said it, but what are your thoughts on it?” For the complete article as well as tuba and euphonium related links, go to:
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Charlie Warren and the Jambalaya Jazz Band
Charlie Warren, a tubist who has worked at Disneyland in several bands over the last 30 years, was offered a position playing sousaphone in a New Orleans “street band.” (Mr. Warren has played traditional jazz on CC and more recently F tubas and was not looking forward to the prospect of “twisting” his ear back to BB-flat sousaphone.) The thought occurred to him to construct an F helicon out of the “guts” of an F tuba that was gathering dust in a corner of his studio, and a 1903 King E-flat helicon that was too sharp to use with modern instruments. After redesigning and a good deal of surgery performed by the folks at Horn Improvementin Mission Viejo, California and Sawdays in Long Beach, California, the five rotary valve helicon in F was born (nicknamed the “offend-a-phone” and a tubist visiting Disneyland said it looked like something out of Dr. Seuss).
The band is called the Jambalaya Jazz Bandand performs seven days a week in the New Orleans square portion of Disneyland. Mr. Warren and fellow tubist John Noreyko share the duties on sousaphone/helicon (Thursdays and Fridays are the best days for helicon sightings).
Charley Brighton Euphonium Premieres
In May 2008 United Kingdom euphonium soloist Charley Brighton will premiere the Concertante for Euphonium & Winds by UK composer Terry Treherne. Written for Charley originally with piano accompaniment and premiered at St. Mary’s, Slough, Berkshire with Malcolm Stowell, the new wind band setting adds yet another dimension to this beautiful pastoral work (http://www.euph9.freeserve.co.uk/terry.htm). It will be performed with the City of London Winds conducted by John Andrews. Mr. Brighton will premiere another American work for euphonium also in May at Charley’s 29th recital at St. Mary’s, Slough. Elaine Fine from Illinois has written a three movement Sonata for Euphonium & Piano, dedicated to Charley and accompanist Malcolm Stowell, who will perform the work. This follows on from a successful London premier back in August of her Little Suite for unaccompanied Euphonium (http://dwightwinenger.net/fine.htm).
Baadsvik Releases New Solo CD.
Released on the BIS label, CD 1625, this new recording is with the Swedish Wind Orchestra conducted by Christian Lindberg. Featured are tuba concerti by Fredrik Högberg, Boris Diew, Daniel Nelson, and Fnugg Blue by Baadsvik/Giske. The CD contains other great repertoire including Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs for solo clarinet and jazz ensemble and Anthony Turnage’s A Quick Blast for wind, brass and percussion
This is carefully picked music with a message. Högbergs Troll Tuba is based upon a Norwegian fairytale about the Troll and the three Goats. Øystein alternates between actually telling the story and playing the tuba. The orchestra follows up with playing and spoken comments. It all leads to a chocking twist at the end…. Diew’s tuba concerto was written for Baadsvik in 1996. Diew is a professor in composition at the Moscow Conservatory. He claimed that this concerto for tuba and wind band is the most complicated solo piece he has ever written. Daniel Nelson’s tuba concerto Metallephonic was written for the Nordic Chamber Orchestra and Baadsvik. According to composer Nelson, who was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, the idea for the music was born when he was listening to Beethoven on headphones. Through Beethoven’s music some strange interference emerged. It was simply Daniels neighbor playing Back in Black by ACDC loudly on his stereo. It was this peculiar mix of styles and sounds that gave Mr. Nelson the inspiration to write the tuba concerto Metallephonic. Anders Högstedt has made an excellent instrumentation approved by the composer. The CD is available in fine music shops in more than 45 countries, as well as in online shops including Baadsvik’s shop at http://baadsvik.com/.
Steve Sykes Performs with the Atlantic Brass
United Kingdom tuba soloist Steve Sykes performed with The Atlantic Brass Band, Ensemble-in-Residence at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., as guest soloist on January 19, 2008. The concert was in the Pfleeger Auditorium in Wilson Hall at Rowan University, and Mr. Sykes also conducted a master class at the university. For more information regarding Mr. Sykes go to www.stevesykes.co.uk/26362.html or information regarding The Atlantic Brass Band go to www.atlanticbrassband.org.
Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble Featured on Christmas Card
The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble (TTTE) was recently asked to pose with the Tennessee Technological University (TTU) President Robert Bell and his wife for the annual TTU holiday card. It is pretty rare to see a tuba ensemble featured on a Christmas card of this nature! The TTTE’s director and TTU’s tuba and euphonium Professor R. Winston Morris said, “You get to do that when you’ve taught somewhere for 40 years! It’s a great picture, and I thought others would maybe like to see it.”
New Work Premiered by the Quadrille Quartet
Quadrille, a newly formed Washington, D.C. based tuba-euphonium quartet, recently performed as guest artists with the Northern Virginia Community College Band under the direction of Dr. Wendy Matthews. The performance, held on December 7th at the Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria, featured The Angelic Host Proclaims, a new work by tubist/composer/arranger Martin Tousignant. Tousignant serves as a tubist with the 29th Army Band in Roanoke, Virginia.
The members of Quadrilleare all military musicians in Washington, D.C. They are, David Tarquine and Brian McCommon on euphonium and Steven Kemp and Donald Hornbuckle on tuba. Quadrille also performed the Lennie Neihaus arrangement Christmas Jazz Suite as an encore. After the concert, Quadrille and the members of the tuba and euphonium section of the band performed an impromptu tuba Christmas in the lobby for those in attendance. The event was extremely well received by the audience and band members alike.
Cherry Classics Music Announcement
Cherry Classics Music is pleased to announce that it has taken over the distribution of all of David Sabourin’s tuba ensemble music from Tapestry/Touch of Brass Music. Please their secure website for a complete listing of repertoire available, http://www.Cherry-Classics.com.
FESTIVALS, CONFERENCES, AND CLINICS
The International Euphonium Institute (IEI), in Atlanta, Georgia June 15–22, will bring together a staff of internationally recognized performers and teachers to lead a 7-day intensive course focusing on the advancement of the euphonium through performance, understanding, outreach, and knowledge. The IEI aims to encourage conceptual learning, practical studies, fundamentals, and exploring new ways to present the euphonium in a non-competitive environment.
The IEI course caters to euphonium players and enthusiasts of all levels. We hope to bring together a great mix of aspiring young players, talented college students, motivated enthusiasts, and hard working amateurs!! Participants will be immersed in recitals, chamber music, concerts, focus classes, and master classes. Participants will also have private instruction during the week and choose to perform in master classes as well as being offered solo and ensemble performance experiences at the Institute and in outreach concerts in the community. Participants can also recommend repertoire to be performed by IEI staff during the camp
Highlights of IEI 2008
- Our 5th Anniversary Celebration!
- 2 International Artists – Jukka Myllys (Finland) and Øystein Baadsvik (Norway)
- Commissioned new works by Eric Ewazen, Roland Szentpali, and more
- A Conductors Perspective Master Class taught by Scott Stewart (Director of Wind Studies, Emory University) and Robert Ambrose (Director of Bands, Georgia State University)
- Military Band Audition Focus Classes
- Arranging Class with Gail Robertson
- Split Level Instruction in the afternoons forthe Artist and Student Course Schedules
- Scholarship opportunities and payment options along with a discount for participants also traveling to ITEC 2008. Openings for tuba (4 student and 4 adult).
For more information, go to www.euphonium.com/IEI2008Homepage.html.
Euphonium Artist Visit The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
The UW-Eau Claire euphonium and tuba studio with Dr. Kenneth Kroesche (right) and UWEC euphonium/tuba professor, Dr. Jerry Young (left).
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Department of Music and Theatre Arts hosted two “doubling” guest artists in the fall of 2007. In October, Mark Fisher, trombonist with the Chicago Lyric Opera and well known to the euphonium world for his compact disc recording, Eufish, gave a recital and master classes, which included coaching for euphonium students. In November, Dr. Kenneth Kroesche of Oakland University was in residence for four days. He also worked with both euphonium and trombone students, gave a solo recital using both instruments, performed with the UW-Eau Claire Wind Symphony, and conducted the UW-Eau Claire Symphony Band. With “being a successful doubler” as a theme for the year, April 3 will find University of Arkansas euphonium/tuba professor and premier euphonium/tuba performer, Dr. Benjamin Pierce, on campus for a recital and masterclass. For details on Dr. Pierce’s appearance in Eau Claire, contact Dr. Jerry Young at email@example.com.
Upcoming 3RD ANNUAL NORTHEAST TUBA EUPHONIUM WORKSHOP
The third annual NETEW will be held on July 5–13, 2008 at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. The workshop is open to all levels of participants (high school, college, and adult). Artists for the workshop are tubist Mike Milnarik (also workshop director) and euphoniumist Roland Froescher (Swizterland). Additional information can be obtained at www.newtew.com.
2008 Fredericton International TubaFest
Sotto Voce Quartet
On May 9–10, 2008 the UNB Centre for Musical Arts is hosting its 5th Annual Tuba-Euphonium workshop. Guest clinicians this year are the members of Sotto Voce, an internationally recognized tuba/euphonium quartet from the United States. Join players from the Maritime Provinces, Quebec, and New England states for a weekend of clinics and performances of music written for low brass ensembles. The workshop is open to players of all ages and levels of ability. There will be a public concert Saturday night featuring all players and clinicians. The event will be on the University of New Brunswick Campus in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Visit our website www.cel.unb.ca/tubafest for more information and a registration form or contact Richard Riding firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tubonium6 will take place March 13–15, 2008 at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota. Our featured artists will be Dan Perantoni on tuba, Brian Bowman on euphonium, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble under the direction of John Stevens. Tickets are available at the door or via the website, www.houseoflowaire.com.
A Musical Feast for Tuba Players at Summer Brass Institute and Festival 2007
A Musical Feast for Tuba Players at Summer Brass Institute and Festival 2007—and looking ahead to Carol Jantsch as guest artist in 2008! Playing for hours in quintets and large ensembles provided exciting opportunities for tuba players at SBI fifth annual Art of Sound Festival on the San Francisco Peninsula in July 2007. Solo work and master classes enhanced the experience as well. Most exciting for Fellowship winners was the opportunity to perform side by side with Symphony professionals in the Memorial Church concert for brass and organ at Stanford University. Tubists could be heard at every event: playing in the “Winning the Chair” audition class with Jonathan Ring of the San Francisco Symphony, performing in Mark Lawrence’s master class and in the Peter Wahrhaftig Low Brass Class, and taking turns sitting in as tuba soloist with a young artists’ brass ensemble playing Ralph Vaughan Williams’ tuba concerto. Participants also benefited from lessons with guest artist Jens Lindemann, San Francisco’s longtime principal trombonist Mark Lawrence, and Bay Brass tuba artist Peter Wahrhaftig (principal tuba with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra). Most of the large-ensemble works on offer involved at least two tubas. Excitement is building for SBI 2008 already, as we anticipate our guest artist, Carol Jantsch, principal tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra. For more information and to apply for SBI 2008, please visit http://brass.menloschool.org.
2007 Vestby Tuba and Euphonium Workshop
Tormod Flaten lecturing about daily exercises for euphonium
Øysten Baadsvik in solo performance accompanied by Ieva Struzaite
Saturday night Tuba Jam with Lars Andreas Haug and Kristoffer Lo
Master Class with Øystein Baadsvik, student: Finn Brynestad
Participants in the youth ensemble
Massed Ensemble performing under the directorship of Øystein Baadsvik at the final concert in the Vestby Church
All workshop participants after final concert (Standing front left): Ieva Struzaite, Øystein Baadvik, (front right) Tormod Flaten and Morten Bøe (host/organizer)
Øystein Baadsvik instructing breathing exercises with participant Alf Kjetil Thorsbakken
Kristoffer Lo in jazz workshop
Tormod Flaten directing the high school ensemble
Also add: All photos by Bjorn Halvorsen.
The Vestby Tuba and Euphonium Workshop was held September 21–23 in Vestby, Norway. Forty-five participants took part in this event hosted by the Society of Low Brass in Vestby in partnership with the Norwegian Band Association. Guest artists were Øystein Baadsvik (tuba), Tormod Flaten (euphonium), and Lars Andreas Haug (jazz tuba).
The workshop’s objective was to create a place for all that are interested in tuba and euphonium, in a friendly and musical atmosphere intended to create motivation and interest for our instruments and the music.The days of the workshop were filled with music. The opening concert included impressive performances by Øystein Baadsvik and Tormod Flaten, accompanied by pianist Ieva Struzaite.
The German instrument manufacturer Miraphone was present with a large display of their newest instruments. In addition York also had an exhibition of their new instruments based on the old Besson models. All participants took the opportunity to try and explore the instruments available, and rumors have it that several ordered new horns.
The second day included presentations and warm ups by Øystein and Tormod, in addition to ensemble playing and a tuba jazz lecture by Kristoffer Lo. Øystein and Tormod presented a shared recital of standard literature and new exciting pieces. Their exceptional musical presentations, exquisite technique and warm natural presence made the performance unforgettable for the audience. The day ended with tuba jam session at the local train station, which is now a restaurant/bar with an intimate stage. Lars Andreas Haug was the main attraction together with local hero Kristoffer Lo. Lars Andreas has participated in 16 CD recordings and is a major figure in the Scandinavian jazz scene (music files can be accessed at www.larsandreas.no). Several workshop participants brought their instruments and joined in. Accompaniment was provided by a trio from the Jazz Conservatory in Trondheim.
The third and last day of the event opened with a musical presentation by host and organizer Morten Bøe and some of his students, titled “Tuba quartet—an ensemble with many possibilities.” Focus was on repertoire of various difficulties and how to motivate and recruit young students by forming quartets. The rest of the day was spent playing in ensembles preparing the final concert, in addition to master classes for both tuba and euphonium. The closing concert was held in the old Vestby church and included all the ensembles formed during the workshop and the guest artists.
A great thank you goes to the fantastic guest artists, exhibitors, sponsors, and participants. Our hope and goal is to host a new workshop in 2009 and contribute to a strong and inspiring environment for tuba and euphonium in Norway.
June 21, 1962 – November 30, 2007
Jorge Avendano was born on June 21, 1962 in Taxquillo, Hidalgo, Mexico. Following the many moves necessitated by his father’s position as a Methodist minister, eventually Jorge’s family took up residence in the U.S. in 1972. Jorge picked up his first tuba while a middle school band student in Del Rio, Texas, under the direction of Mr. Lane, an inspirational teacher who sparked Jorge’s own desire to become a band director.
After graduating from Nixon High School in Laredo, Texas, Jorge heeded his father’s cautionary advice that a musician’s life was not financially stable, and he enrolled in college accounting classes. Fortunately, it was an endeavor doomed to failure, and when the family relocated to El Paso in 1983, Jorge entered UTEP as a music education major. Through those years at UTEP, Jorge became friends—and remained friends—with many fellow students who have matured to become the city’s leading musicians and music educators, and who formed the early core of Jorge’s extensive connections throughout the music community here.
During his two decades as a teacher, Jorge taught music at Putnam, Western Hills, Roberts, and Zach White. Eventually he accepted the position of band director at the newly opened Hornedo Middle School, a position he has held for the past 13 years. He served numerous times as a clinician for the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association. His students have consistently been among the top in the state; many have performed with Texas All-State orchestras and bands.
Jorge has also held the principal tubist seat with the El Paso Symphony for 20 seasons. He played first under the direction of conductor Abraham Chavez, Jr., most recently for Sarah Ioannides, but the majority of his professional life spanned the 12 years that Guyer Aykal led the symphony orchestra. Under Maestro Aykal, Jorge traveled with the orchestra to perform in Germany and Turkey and toured with Maestro Aykal’s Turkish Presidential Orchestra on their North American Tour, performing in Avery Fisher Hall and Kennedy Center amongst others.
Jorge passed away at Sierra Medical Center in El Paso, Texas on November 30, 2007, following a sudden illness. A memorial service for Jorge was held on December 18, 2007 in the new Coronado High School auditorium.