TUBA & EUPHONIUM NEWS
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Congratulations are in order for Carol Jantsch, newly appointed principal tuba with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra! It is believed that she is the first female tuba player in a major full-time American orchestra. Ms. Jantsch is a 21-year old senior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she studies with Fritz Kaenzig. She won first place in three international competitions in 2004: the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition, the International Tuba-Euphonium Association’s Artist Solo Tuba Competition in Budapest, Hungary, and the International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen in Germany. She has performed as a substitute tuba player in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Jeffrey Cottrell has been recently appointed Visiting Instructor of Low Brass and Theory at Hardin-Simmons University.
Eileen Meyer Russell accepted the Low Brass and Theory position at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. Russell will begin as Associate Professor of Music at SU in August of 2006. Russell has been teaching Low Brass at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX. She previously held Low Brass positions at Austin Peay State University and Vincennes University. Since 2004, she has served as a Euphonium Instructor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. She holds degrees from Indiana University, where she studied with M. Dee Stewart, and the University of Northern Iowa, where she studied with Jon Hansen. She is Assistant Membership Coordinator for the International Tuba Euphonium Association and is active in the College Music Society, the International Trombone Association and the Texas Music Educators Association. Recently Dr. Russell had articles published in the Instrumentalist Magazine and the Southwestern Music.
Congratulations are extended to Dr. Eileen Meyer Russell who is the new low brass and theory professor at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Dr. Russell will join the faculty at SU in August 2006. She is currently associate professor of music and low brass at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Congratulations to Jorge Daví Salas (“J.D.”). He was recently appointed Artist/Instructor of Tuba & Euphonium at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He is currently Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Bass at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky and recently returned from Bangkok, Thailand where he served as Artist/Instructor of Tuba & Euphonium at Mahidol University and tubist for Brass Arts Bangkok in 2004–2005. Previous appointments include adjunct positions in low brass at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia and Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. J.D. received his Bachelors of Music Performance from Baylor University where he studied with Dr. Michael Fischer and Masters of Music from the University of Kentucky where he is currently completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts studying with Dr. Skip Gray. J.D. begins his position in the fall of 2006.
Congratulations to Paul Carlson as he has won the audition for the tuba position in the Hot Springs Music Festival scheduled for June 2006. Paul is working on his Master’s degree at the University of New Mexico and is studying with Karl Hinterbichler.
Congratulations to Joshua Lee , student of Jerry Young and a senior Bachelor of Arts student at The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, was the winner of the 2006 Concerto Competition at UW-Eau Claire. The competition is open to all wind and percussion instrumentalists, pianists, and vocalists at the University. Mr. Lee performed the first movement of Eugene Bozza’s Concertino for Tuba and Orchestra for the competition and performed the same work with the UW-Eau Claire Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Richard Mark Heidel on May 7.
L to R: Jerry Young, Josh Lee, and Richard Mark Heidel
Sergio Finca, new tuba of Spanish Brass Luurs Metal
Since March 8th, our new fellow traveler is Sergio Finca , a young Asturian tuba player. March 26th he played his first concert in Benicarló with the spectacle Metal.lics . You can see the new official photos of Spanish Brass Luur Metalls in our site (www.spanishbrass.com). Sergio Finca was born in Oviedo, Spain, in 1979. He started his musical studies at the age of ten years old, four years later won the position of Tuba Principal of the Professional Wind Band of Oviedo. He has the superior degree from Conservatorio Superior de Oviedo, Gold Medal from Conservatoire National de la Region de Bordeaux, Conservatoire National de la Region de Perpignan and “Mention Très Bien à l’Unanimité” (Superior Diploma of Musical Studies) from Conservatoire National Superiéure de Musique de Lyon in a competition between this school and the CNSMD Paris. He has been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, the National Spanish Youth Orchestra, the Orquesta Juvenil Iberoamericana and the UBS Verbier Festival Youth Orchestra. Studies have included Mel Culbertson, Arnaud Boukhitine, David Moen, Roger Bobo, Arnold Jacobs, Rex Martin, Gene Pokorny, Harvey Phillips, Jeans Bjorn Larsen, and Michel Godard among others. For more information, please visit www.spanishbrass.com.
New Arnold Jacobs Book
Bruce Nelson has compiled a book, Also Sprach Arnold Jacobs: A Developmental Guide for Brass Wind Musicians , based on the teachings of famous Chicago tuba player Arnold Jacobs. As both player and teacher, Jacobs influenced a generation of brass players in America and beyond.
Nelson is a former bass trombonist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and studied with Jacobs for thirty years. According to the publisher, Polymnia Press, this new book collects advice on six areas of playing a brass instrument: fundamental concepts, mental control, embouchure, breathing, articulation, and practicing/performing. Apparently most of the book consists of Jacobs‚ own words, as Nelson quotes directly from the many masterclasses, which were videoed.
Another disciple of Jacobs, Brian Frederiksen, wrote a book several years ago called Song and Wind , which touches on many of these topics as well as provides much biographical detail. Brian has contributed an appendix to Nelson’s book detailing breathing devices.
The book is available now online for $21.95. For more information, please see the website of Polymnia Press (www.polymnia-press.de). It is also available in the U.S. from www.windsongpress.com.
New Works by David Uber
David Uber has finished many new works. He received a new commission from the noted trombonist, Jonathan Warburton, of Birmingham, England. The work, entitled The Traveling Trombone , will be premiered in Australia and England. Kendor Music has asked Mr. Uber to arrange eighteen pieces for brass and woodwind ensembles to be included in the collection Ceremonial and Commencement Classics and also an arrangement of To a Wild Rose by Edward MacDowell for solo tuba and piano. All will be published by Spring 2006.
Mr. Uber’s work for euphonium quintet commissioned by John Swallow has been recorded by Winston Morris entitled Exhibitions . Uber’s ten Symphonic Trios for Alto, Tenor and Bass Trombones (Tuba) was recently recorded in Czechoslovakia.
New Tuba Composition by Jan Bach
Hot off the press! Jay Hunsberger and James Wilson (Principal Horn with the Florida Orchestra) have commissioned a new Suite for Tuba and Horn from composer Jan Bach. This multi-movement work written by one of the leading composers of brass music today will surely be the focus of much attention in the near future. Although the full details of the piece are not yet released, Mr. Bach’s “footnote” to the work is: “The composition that asks the burning question: How many different ways can a tuba and horn alternate in their playing without resorting to the standard German Band ‘Oompah’?” The work will be premiered in fall 2006.
New Tuba CD by Kyle Turner
Kyle Turner has released his first solo album entitled Expressions-the heart of the tuba . Included on the album are works by Turner, Schumann, Bernstein, Abreu, Monti, and Subramanium. In addition, there are four wonderful tuba duets on which Alan Baer joins Kyle. Joseph Allessi, Principal Trombone-New York Philharmonic said, “This is tuba playing at its best. Kyle’s musicality commands your attention.” This CD is available at MSR Classics.com, Amazon.com, or in stores.
New Bordogni Book for Tuba
Bordogni Complete Solfeggi for Tuba has just been released. This book contains all 120 of the Bordogni etudes set in the tuba range. Hundreds of errors that appear in versions for other instruments have been corrected making this the most accurate version for any instrument. You may find more details at www.bordogni.com or Encore Music Publishers at www.encoremupub.com.
Leroy Osmon’s Concerto No. 2 for Tuba, Winds and Percussion
The Concerto No. 2 was composed between December 2005 and March 2006 and is in a standard three-movement form. The work employs the wind section of a symphony orchestra with a slightly extended percussion section.
This is the forth collaboration between the composer and soloist Dave Kirk (one of the greatest tubist of our time). Mr. Kirk has referred to the work as the “Hebraic” concerto because of the numerous references to and use of Jewish harmonic and melodic material.
The first movement is rhapsodic and is strongly influenced by the oriental and Jewish music of Aaron Avshalomoff (a composer that Osmon feels should be given another critical analysis). This movement explores the upper tessitura of the tuba with the soloist often performing in the same range as the treble clef instruments such as the French horn, clarinet and flute.
The second movement uses melodies that are strongly reminiscent of Eastern European Ashkenazi Jewish melodies and demonstrate the ability of the tuba to perform long beautiful, flowing melodic lines. The tuba enters after an extended introduction featuring the flute and oboe in duet. This movement has been described by conductor Stan Mauldin as “simply beautiful.”
The finale has a dramatic beginning and ending while the mid-section features a playfulness that is suggestive of the music of Leonard Bernstein. The third movement uses the winds and percussion in a style that is common in chamber music. The diverse use of percussion, polyrhythms, varied textures, as well as differing time signatures and modal harmonies, draws the listener into an infectious melody.
The Concerto No. 2 was commissioned by Dave Kirk (Houston Symphony Orchestra Tubist) and was premiered on 21 May 2006 with the Clear Brook Wind Symphony (Stan Mauldin, conductor). The soloist Dave Kirk remarked that he believes that the Concerto No. 2 will become standard repertoire for the tuba. The work was well received at the premiere by a large audience that included several tubists from the Houston, Texas area.
Building on a three-year relationship with the Clear Brook Wind Symphony, the composer wrote specifically for the individual members of this outstanding ensemble and their conductor Stan Mauldin.
Concerto No. 2 for Tuba, Winds and Percussion will be published by RBC Music San Antonio, Texas (projected release will be October of 2006).
With Subito Music’s recent acquisition of Seesaw Music, many of Stanley Friedman’s compositions for brass and other instruments have become more readily available. Included is a new edition of Variations On The Rag for brass quintet. New versions of Parodie III (solo trumpet, solo tuba + brass quintet; written for Roger Bobo), Parodie VI (solo tuba, 6 brass, 2 percussion written for Ensemble Intercontemporain) and Moravian Cantata (soprano + 12 brass; commissioned by Jeff Reynolds) are in preparation.
Also now available from Subito is Friedman’s 2003 ITG Composition Prize winning brass quintet, Spanish Dances . In 2007 Friedman’s wind ensemble composition, A Twist In The Wind , will become available from Subito. This major new piece was commissioned by a consortium of ten universities across the United States.
More of Friedman’s music is published by Editions BIM, including Zephyr Dances (versions for brass quartet and quintet), La Pittura (brass sextet; 1993 ITG winner), and Heart of Darkness (wind ensemble).
For more information, refer to www.stanleyfriedman.com, www.subitomusic.com, www.brhoadsandassciates.com and www.editions-bim.com.
Mike Forbes to Release New Solo Tuba Recording, Forbes Plays Koetsier: Complete Works for Solo Tuba
The readership of this Journal is probably very familiar with some of the tuba works of Dutch composer Jan Koetsier (born 1911), in particular his Sonatine, Concertino, and tuba quartet, Wolkenschatten . All of these works are frequently performed on recitals and have been included in the repertoire for numerous competitions. However, for many, this is where their knowledge of Koetsier’s tuba works ends. Thankfully, he was inspired to compose five additional works that feature the tuba in a solo capacity but with a variety of different accompaniments or collaborations. Though a few of these works have previously been recorded, this is the first recording dedicated to showcasing all of Koetsier’s solo tuba works. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about this recording is hearing the solo tuba performing with a brass ensemble ( Don Giovanni’s “Ride to Hell” ), a horn quartet ( Falstaffiade ), a violin ( Unterkagner Ländler ), a piano ( Sonatine ), a soprano ( Galgenlieder ), a pipe organ ( Choralefantasie ), and a string orchestra (Concertino). You can hear excerpts from this CD and order a copy from the recordings section www.tubaquartet.com.
New Euphonium CD with Orchestra by Adam Frey
From January 30 to Febuary 1, 2006, Adam Frey recorded a full length CD with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Wellington, New Zealand. The CD will be the first known to date to feature an entire CD of solo euphonium works with full symphony orchestra. Photos and details as well as release information will be available on www.euphonium.com. The anticipated release will be in September 2006.
New Euphonium Concertino
The Euphonium Foundation Consortium had a great success in its first endeavor. Adam Frey along with ten wind band programs commissioned Los Angeles based film music composer, Kevin Kaska, to write a Euphonium Concertino (14′). The premiere period was July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006. The groups involved included Emory University, Georgia State University, West Winds (Singapore), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Oregon, Middle Tennessee State University, Metropolitan Wind Symphony
(Boston), Concordia College, University of Arizona, and the South Effingham High School Band. The work will be made available for purchase with piano accompaniment and wind band settings after July 1, 2006 at www.euphonium.com.
New Eight-Part Tuba Work
Ken Friedrich just finished an eight-part tuba ensemble piece, Adventures in the Llano Estacado . Listen to it at www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?PID=788556&t=5359
For more information visit www.kfsbrasschamber.com.
CONFERENCES, CLINICS, CAMPS & FESTIVALS
Red Lehr performs at the 2005 BixFest
The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society was founded in 1972, in Bix’s hometown of Davenport, Iowa, to help keep alive the memory and musical accomplishments of native son, Bix, cornetist, pianist, and composer. Its first Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, was held that same year. In July of 2004, jazz bands from all over the U.S. helped the Society celebrate its 33rd festival. Each year the festival, fondly referred to by many as the “Bix Bash,” draws thousands of fans from throughout the U.S., and even foreign countries where Bix is known and revered as a jazz legend. 2006 BixFest is scheduled for July 27–30.
International Philip Jones Competition – Horn and brass ensembles
The International Philip Jones Competition will be held for horn and brass ensembles from September 3 to 9 of 2007. T he Conseil Départemental pour la Musique et la Culture de Haute-Alsace created the first issue of the international Philip Jones competition in 1995. This cycle of biennial international contests is devoted to the trumpet, the tuba and the euphonium, the trombone, the horn and the brass ensembles. It is mentioned among the greatest competitions organized in Europe, and it is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (FMCIM).
Bernard Soustrot, Michel Becquet and the lamented Philip Jones, were successively president of the juries, composed of the most eminent specialists in the international music world. The prizewinners, selected through candidates from all over the world, have an excellent level, even exceptional. The Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra accompanies the finales and the final concerts.
For every contest, thanks to the financial support of the “Conseil Général du Haut-Rhin” (state’s representative), the CDMC commissions new and original works to renowned composers, in order to expand the soloist repertory for brass.
During the competitions, the CDMC invites great soloists and ensembles such as B. Bowman, S. Mead, B. Soustrot, M. Becquet, F. Thuillier, I. Milhiet, the Göteborg Brass Band, the London Brass, Epsilon, the German Brass, and the Canadian Brass. For more information, visit http://www.cdmc68.com.
Euphoniumist David Werden performed at his Alma Mater, The University of Iowa, for their 2006 BrassFest.
Mr. Werden played a program that was a tribute to the education he received while in Iowa public schools. His junior high school band and high school band performed with artists such as Rafael Mendez, Leonard B. Smith, Doc Severinsen, and Harold Brasch. His BrassFest program featured music that “tips a hat” to two of those artists. His program opened with Capriccio di Niccolo by Frank Proto, written for Doc Severinsen in 1997 and available from Liben Music (www.liben.com). Werden also chose to play two of his own new arrangements as a tribute to Harold Brasch: Serenade from the Student Prince and Concert Polka . Both pieces were often performed by Brasch. Those two arrangements are available from Cimarron Music Press (www.cimarronmusic.com). A concert band accompaniment of Concert Polka will be available later this year from the same publisher.
David Werden is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Connecticut. He was euphonium soloist with the United States Coast Guard Band for 26 years and currently teaches euphonium and tuba at the University of Minnesota.
Alessandro Fossi Tuba Performances
Alessandro Fossi is currently performing around the world in the next several months. On May 13 he played at Stanford University with the Stanford University Wind Band and will premiere a new composition, the Concerto for Tuba and Wind Band by Giancarlo Aquilanti (Italian composer who is a professor of composition at Stanford). The wind band in June will be on tour in Europe where Alessandro will play the same program with them in Madrid and a few days later in Granada. He also performed at 2006 ITEC in Denver.
Celebrating Forty Years of Playing the Euphonium
Wilson U.K. euphonium artist Charley Brighton celebrates his 40th year of euphonium playing this month with another recital at St. Mary’s Slough on May 6th. The Wilson sponsored artist will be performing three premieres of new works for the euphonium by Slough composer and bassist, Tony Osborne, U.K . composer Terry Treherne and Ken Friedrich from Texas , U.S.A. Both Terry and Tony will be present to hear the renditions, and Malcolm Stowell will be at the piano.
Program includes: Preludio, Aria e Scherzo by Ennio Porrino (1910–1959) played on a Highams 4-valve Euphonium, circa 1914; premiere of “Lament,” movement two of Concerto for Euphonium by Kenneth D. Friedrich played on a Willson 2900 4-valve euphonium; Valse by Francis Poulenc (1899–1963) played on a Hawkes & Son Dictor 4-valve euphonium, circa 1921; premiere of Two Variations on the Londonderry Air for unaccompanied euphonium by Tony Osborne, played on a Boosey & Co. Solbron 3-valve euphonium, circa 1920; and premiere of Concertante for Euphonium & Piano by Terry Treherne, played on a Willson 2900 4-valve euphonium. Also, some half dozen vintage euphoniums from Charley’s collection will be on display as well as those used in the recital, alongside the Wilson 2900 Euphonium.
Charley learnt to play at the Longford School in Feltham, Middlesex and has played solo euphonium for many championship brass bands including Hanwell (West London), Sun Life Stanshawe (Bristol) and John Laing (Hendon). He is currently euphonium soloist with the BBC Winds, based at London’s Maida Vale Studios, the Buckinghamshire Symphonic Winds (High Wycombe) and the newly formed City of London Winds, based in Covent Garden. For more information visit www.euph9.freeserve.co.uk
Meinl-Weston Unveils 2 New Models!
The new orchestral Melton/Meinl-Weston 6/4 CC-Tuba 6450 “BAER” was developed together with Alan Baer , the tubist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
During his last European tour with the concert of the New York Philharmonic in Dresden’s Frauenkirche the impetus was given to the new Meinl-Weston 6450 as Mr. Baer still needed a large orchestral CC tuba that would exhibit the flexibility to create an immense amount of sound without sacrificing core or clarity. While on tour with the New York Philharmonic, Meinl-Weston brought Mr Baer’s ideas to reality and created this new model together with him. Days after rehearsals and concerts while “test driving” the prototype 6450 “Baer” he was proud to demonstrate an excellent intonation and foundation for the brass section to ride upon. His final judgment was: “At this point in my career, I discovered there was no tuba available to meet all my musical needs. With the “Baer” we have designed and created an instrument that meets and exceeds all my demands and expectations.”
The 6450 “Baer” will also be produced in a light handmade version (6450/2) that follows the concept of our famous BB-flat tuba model 195/2 “Fafner” which can be heard with prestigious ensembles such as the Vienna Philharmonic, The World Peace Orchestra, or the London Symphony, just to name a few. The new Meinl-Weston has 4 stainless steel valves with a graduated bore from 0.748 to 0.787 inch in the 4 th valve in which the slide is conical, as well as a 5 th right hand thumb activated rotary valve of 0.846 inch, being on the wide side of the tuning slide. The height comes to 37.2 inch and the bell diameter to 18.9 inch.
The new Meinl-Weston tuba model series 4/4 BB-flat tuba, 2011 “ Heritage Howard Johnson Gravity ,” has already been unveiled in New York on March 4 th 2006 and will now be introduced to all international dealers in Frankfurt.
The Heritage Gravity model was developed with Howard Johnson based on his Belgian Mahillon tuba of the 1960s while at that time the Wenzel Meinl company also supplied the meantime closed Mahillon factory with tuba body parts.
Melton/Meinl-Weston 6/4 CC-Tuba 6450 “BAER”
Mr. Johnson’s widely varied career in jazz includes playing tuba with Gil Evans and Charles Mingus and playing the baritone sax and bass clarinet chair of North German Radio’s NDR Big Band. Johnson’s jazz tuba band, begun in 1968 and now called GRAVITY, was the first all-tuba ensemble. This format has often been copied but never duplicated.
The original model of the “Heritage Howard Johnson Gravity” series is the top action version 2011 TA, which has 4 stainless steel piston valves with a 0.669” bore, a 17.3” bell diameter and a 35.8” height. The relatively small bore of 0.669” compared to the big body gives a true turbo effect to its sound and improves the response.
Meinl-Weston 4/4 BB-flat tuba, 2011 “ Heritage Howard Johnson Gravity ”
For more information on these news models and other Melton/Meinl-Weston products, please visit www.meinl-weston.com.
Euphonia Magazine Section added to dwerden.com Website
In the late 1970s and early 1980s there was a magazine called Euphonia published by Glenn Call of the U.S. Marine Band. It contained a variety of interesting news and information for the euphonium. David Werden Publications (www.dwerden.com) has received permission from Mr. Call to re-publish many of the articles on the web. These are free—no login or registration is required.
The list of articles currently includes:
• Stewart Euphonium Stand, a review
• Euphoniumist Lucas Spiros of the Marine Band Remembers Dr. Aaron Harris
• Euphonia Review of Gregson Symphonic Rhapsody for Euphonium and Band
• Thoughts from the Euphoniumists’ Table by James Thornton
• Paul Droste – Recommended Euphonium Materials
• Review of Brass Quartet Music: Variations on a Theme of Paganini by Horovitz
• Euphoniumists of the Sousa Band by Dr. Mark R. Foutch
• Looking Back at the 1980 Euphoniumists Dinner
• Comparing Professional Euphoniums to Mid-Level Euphoniums by David Miles
• Review: Jerry Owen – Variations
• Review: Horovitz Euphonium Concerto
• Playing Euphonium in Church
• Review: Lyric Suite by Donald White
• Audition Advice from Arthur Lehman
• Review: Bi-Valve Suite by Hartley
This list will grow as David has more time to scan and convert the old magazines. To read the Euphonia articles go to: http://www.dwerden.com/euphonia-index.cfm . Or use the dwerden.com top menu bar under Euphonium >> Articles >> Euphonia Magazine. Many thanks to Glenn Call for making this valuable resource available again.
New Jazz Tuba Publishing Company!
After years of transposing trumpet and trombone jazz methods and solos for his tuba and euphonium students Sean Greene, Willson tuba artist/composer/bassist and tuba instructor at Luther College, has started his own publishing company. Beautidel Music Press was born to help bridge the gap between music available for tuba and euphonium and charts written for other instruments.
Currently featuring his own works as well as the ultra-hip writing of Barton Cummings, Brad Carman, Mike Mitmoen, Griffin James, Grant Harville, and Michael Anderson, Beautidel Music also publishes high-quality classical works for tuba and euphonium. Beautidel Music was featured at the 2006 ITEC exhibits in Denver, Colorado. To submit jazz arrangements or original compositions for publication, email email@example.com . Check out Beautidel Music on the web at beautideljazz.com .
New Tuba-Euphonium Forum added to dwerden.com
The TubaEuph forum is now active on David Werden’s website, www.dwerden.com. You can read the forum without registration (but you need to be registered to post and reply). Registration is free and easy. Topics currently include euphonium and tuba auditions (including repertoire lists), tuba brands, euphonium brands, instrument maintenance, for sale/wanted to buy, gig horror stories, music/musician humor, and many others, with more to be added in the future. This forum is somewhat unique in that its main focus is tuba and euphonium. More than a simple discussion board, the forum will offer a repository of information on various topics that are of interest to euphonium and tuba players.
What’s Next, a Digital Tuba? New Digital Trumpet “Lights” Up The Stage
Australian company Marshall Morrison Instruments have released a revolutionary new digital trumpet for brass musicians. The Morrison Digital Trumpet, or MDT, is a new brass-style MIDI wind controller invented and designed by Steve Marshall with the great Australian multi-instrumentalist James Morrison.
The MDT has been specifically designed for trumpet players to make it as easy as possible to transition from the acoustic trumpet. James Morrison, arguably one of the world’s leading trumpet players and multi-instrumentalists, has been working with robotics guru and electronics wiz Steve Marshall for more than 5 years to create an instrument that feels right when first picked up by a trumpet player. Although it has an ultra-modern look, it has a familiar feel due to trumpet-like hand position, standard valve movement, and normal trumpet mouthpiece.
The MDT is great for players of all skills. The MDT allows brass players with minimal playing skill to reach those extremely high notes and play for extended periods of time just like a professional musician. As well, professionals who have mastered the acoustic trumpet love playing the MDT for its unlimited sound palette and unique expressive capabilities.
Although the MDT is completely electronic, Marshall Morrison Instruments has designed the MDT to feel as close as possible to an acoustic trumpet. The familiar feel helps acoustic trumpet players to learn it quickly and start playing with the least amount of change from their trumpet skills.
In today’s highly competitive music scene, the MDT gives the brass player an edge over other musicians. By allowing the brass player access to additional timbres from a connected MIDI sound source, the player becomes far more valuable to prospective employers. The introduction of the Morrison Digital Trumpet has just added a new dimension to music! For more information, visit www.morrisondigitaltrumpet.com.
Athens Teen Wins National Music Competition
Cincinnati (April 26, 2006)—Ibanda Ruhumbika of Athens, Georgia, won top honors at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior Brass Competition. Ruhumbika, a 16-year-old student at Cedar Shoals High School, is the son of Gabriel and Restituta Ruhumbika. He has been studying the tuba for five years and is currently a student of David Zerkel.
The MTNA Senior Brass Competition took place Sunday, March 26, 2006, during the MTNA National Conference in Austin, Texas. As a national competition winner, Ruhumbika received $2,000, provided by the MTNA Foundation Fund.
The three-tiered MTNA competitions begin at the state level. First-place winners of each state’s competition advance to a division competition. Division winners compete in the national finals. Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization of independent and collegiate music teachers committed to furthering the art of music through teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research. Founded in 1876, Music Teachers National Association is the oldest music teachers association in the United States. For more information about MTNA, contact the MTNA national headquarters at (513) 421-1420, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.mtna.org.
Tubas win 3 top spots at 2006 MTNA Competitions
MTNA isn’t just for pianos any more. Three top spots were won by tubists at this year’s competition. In the MTNA Senior Brass Competition (age 15 to 18 ), 1st place was won by Ibanda Ruhumbika (Southern Division; David Zerkel, teacher) and 2nd place by Brandon Davis (Northwest Division; Ryan Schultz, teacher). In the Young Artist Competition (age 19 to 26), 1st place was won by D. Lee Jacobs (Eastern Division; Velvet Brown, teacher). Superb! Congratulations to these tubists! For more information on MNTA, please visit www.mtna.org/home .
Jay Hunsberger Masterclass
Jay Hunsberger (Tubist with the Florida West Coast Symphony and Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of South Florida) gave a master class in Providence, Rhode Island in April 2005. The class was sponsored through that city’s “Community Music Works” project, which is an outreach program to underprivileged populations. Mr. Hunsberger performed for and worked with approximately fifty students from the Providence area.
Marc Dickman Jazz
Dr. Marc Dickman was a featured clinician and adjudicator at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival held on April 7–8 at Idaho State University in Boise. Dr. Marc Dickman was also a featured soloist with the Lowndes High School jazz and Concert bands on May 9, 2006. The concert will be held in Valdosta, Georgia.
Jerry Young Premieres the Plau Concerto
Jerry Young gave the U.S. premiere of the orchestral version of Arild Plau’s Concerto for Tuba and String Orchestra with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra on April 1 at the Al. Ringling Theatre in Baraboo, Wisconsin and on April 2, 2006 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. Young is the principal tubist of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and Professor of Music at The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Atlanta Tubist Performs Plau Concerto
In May William Pritchard will be playing Plau’s Concerto for Tuba and Strings with the Beethoven Symphony Orchestra at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center in Roswell, Georgia (www.ludwigsymphony.org), and, later in the month, he will be performing the Vaughan Williams tuba concerto with the New Atlanta Philharmonic (www.newatlantaphilharmonic.com).
The Taiwan Euphonium is growing: The great performance by Shoichiro Hokazono in Taiwan
Shoichiro Hokazono rehearsing with the “Wings of the Angel” Symphony Band.
After the visits of Dr. Brian Bowman and Mr. Toru Miura few years ago, this spring, April 9, 2006, Ms. Yu-Ting Kuo, the Euphonium Lecturer of Fu-Jen Catholic University and Shih-Chien University Music Department invited Japanese international euphonium soloist Shoichiro Hokazono to Taiwan. This was the second visit for Mr. Hokazono. The concert on April 9th was a big success. The wonderful performance by Mr. Hokazono and the finest wind ensemble group in Taiwan, “Wings of the Angel” Symphony Band have brought audiences from all over the island. People gathered in National Concert Hall for the marvelous playing by Mr. Hokazono, who wonderfully interpreted the Euphonium Concerto by Martin Ellerby. The audience clapped for the curtain call six times.
Shoichiro Hokazono and Yu-Ting Kuo
The event brought 95% of attendance for the concert hall, and six hundred tickets were sold in an hour . Beside the concert in the National Concert Hall, Mr. Hokazono also presented a masterclass in Taichung city. Students from the center of Taiwan received great benefits on their euphonium playing from Mr. Hokazono. Also, the wind ensemble of Shih-Chien University had a great chance working with Mr. Hokazono on ensemble techniques. Furthermore, Mr. Hokazono gave private lessons to all Ms. Kuo’s euphonium majoring students in Taipei. Euphonium is a developing instrument in Taiwan. Ms. Kuo is the first euphonium professor in Taiwan. After her study in Rueil-Malmaison Conservatory (France) with Mr. Andre Gilbert, she came back to Taiwan and devoted herself to euphonium. Seven years of work, the eldest student is going to the Royal Northern College of Music (UK) this year for his next step of euphonium study. With Ms. Kuo’s effort, we would like to meet more great euphonium soloist like Mr. Hokazono here in Taiwan. Yu-Ting Kuo can be contacted at email@example.com.
Shoichiro Hokazono and Kuo’s students
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