Dr. Daniel Brown is a new Artist-in-Residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. At UNLV, he is teaching tuba and euphonium in an adjunct role. Dr. Brown is an active performer and educator based in Tucson, AZ. He maintains a busy performing schedule with a variety of ensembles in southern Arizona, ranging from brass quintets and tuba quartets to bands and orchestras. He is also a band director and OMA (Opening Minds through the Arts) Teaching Artist in the Tuscon Unified School District.
P. Blake Cooper has been appointed to the brass faculty at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) as Adjunct Professor of Tuba beginning in Fall 2012. Cooper also serves as Brass Faculty and Wind Ensemble Director for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra LA at Heart of Los Angeles Youth Center, locally known as YOLA@HOLA. His YOLA@HOLA teaching duties include conducting the Wind Ensemble, creating and managing the brass department curriculum, and teaching basic music theory and musicianship. Cooper holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Kentucky, and an M.M. from the University of Texas at Austin. He is completing a D.M.A. at the University of Southern California and expects to graduate in Spring 2013. His teachers at USC include Jim Self, Norm Pearson, and Doug Tornquist.
Matthew Gaunt is the new Lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Formerly on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Gaunt currently performs as a member of Burning River Brass. He has also performed as a member or substitute with chamber groups such as the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Rhythm & Brass, Center City Brass, Empire Brass, Boston Brass, and Proteus 7. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Boston Pops, Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Sarasota Opera.
Marty Erickson’s position at Lawrence University has recently been increased to full time. At Lawrence, Mr. Erickson is Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium/Coordinator of Chamber Music Studies/Co-Director of the Jazz Workshop Band. His varied career has included playing in the United States Navy Band, teaching at Penn State University, playing with the Brass Band of Battle Creek, performing internationally as a soloist and clinician, and playing with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Erickson is a past president of ITEA and is a founding member and Adjudication Chairman for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. Upcoming activities include travels to five countries and a recital in Carnegie Hall on March 26, 2013. The first half of this performance will be a standard solo recital followed by a second half of jazz with the Marvin Stamm Quartet.
Double Concerto for Euphonium and Tuba by James Grant
As a professional tuba/euphonium duo, SYMBIOSISDUO (Gail Robertson, euphonium and Dr. Stacy Baker, tuba) was enthusiastic to join the consortium, led by Dr. Mark Nelson and Dr. Pat Stuckemeyer, to commission James Grant to write a double concerto for euphonium and tuba with wind ensemble. The concerto is in three movements. The first movement is called “Playground” and, as Grant describes in his program note, the relentless technical challenges may remind the audience of seesaws, sliding boards, and other playground equipment. Grant says that the second movement, “Passage,” “is best described as the recollection of a journey,” a journey which is followed by the third movement – “Sprint” – which brings the concerto to an exciting close.
Dr. Grant was in residence with SYMBIOSISDUO on October 8 and 9, 2012 at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY. Residency activities included a presentation by Dr. Grant on his choral symphony, Such Was the War, based on Walt Whitman’s poetry written during the American Civil War when Whitman served as a volunteer nurse. Dr. Grant also gave a presentation on Composition and Business. Robertson directed the MSU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble in rehearsal of her original composition, A Eupher’s Dream for 8 euphoniums and provided her insights into composition versus arranging. The residency culminated in the premiere performance in its final version of Dr. Grant’sDouble Concerto for Euphonium and Tuba and Wind Ensemble by SYMBIOSISDUO with the MSU Symphony Band under the direction of Dr. Richard Miles. SYMBIOSISDUO premiered the version of Dr. Grant’s Double Concerto with piano on October 28th, 2012 at Michigan State University on one of Robertson’s DMA recitals. (www.jamesgrantmusic.com, www.symbiosisduo.com)
James Grant with Stacey Baker, L, and Gail Robertson, R
Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra by Ron Newman
Philip Sinder, professor of tuba and euphonium at the Michigan State University College of Music, recently presented two performances of the exciting Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra, written by Ron Newman. The premiere performance was held on January 27, 2012, on the MSU campus, with the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Gregorian. Sinder had an additional opportunity to perform the work on September 30, 2012, in Big Rapids, Michigan, with the Grand Rapids Symphony and conductor John Varineau, as a part of the annual TubaBach festival.
Composer Ron Newman, a member of the faculty at Michigan State University, has written several works featuring the tuba. His compositional approach merges elements of classical and jazz styles in a fresh and unique manner. The tuba concerto is a seventeen-minute work in three distinct movements, with the following titles: 1) “Interactions, with resulting reactions,” 2) “Clarity, with a touch of nostalgia,” and 3) “Maynard Ferguson played the valve trombone.” Set against a liberal dose of percussion effects and grooves, the tubist navigates challenging solo lines and intricate ensemble color voicings throughout the orchestral palette.
The tuba concerto of Ron Newman was written in part to recognize two longtime colleagues at Michigan State University. It is dedicated to composer Jere Hutcheson and celebrates the legacy of conductor Leon Gregorian.
L-R, Leon Gregorian, Ron Newman, Jere Hutcheson, and Philip Sinder
1st Annual Bob Stewart Tuba Competition
The 1st Annual Bob Stewart Tuba Competition, created by The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, was held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 as part of the 37th Annual 52nd Street Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. The competition was created to provide enhanced exposure to the many dynamic tuba players who perform in improvisational music ensembles in and around the New York area. The five groups chosen for the competition perform in a wide range of genres from traditional and contemporary jazz to blues, hip-hop, funk rock, and world music.
“There are five of the top-rated music ensembles today whose musical repertoires are built around the tuba,” said Bob Stewart, a world-famous tuba player and Board member of the Duke Ellington Center, who coordinated the competition. “I was very fortunate to have had wonderful opportunities as a young tuba player, and through this competition I’d like to show my appreciation for those who helped me launch my career by sharing my knowledge and experience with some of the young musical lions of today,” Stewart said. “It is my sincere hope that this forum will shine a spotlight on some very deserving musicians and spread the appreciation of the tuba’s unique voice in today’s textured and rich music scene.”
The tuba has long been one of the most important instruments in the jazz world, especially in New Orleans, Stewart noted. “From the legendary marching jazz bands who have patrolled the streets of Bourbon Street for ages to jazz orchestras who perform in prestigious concert halls across the world, the distinctive sound of the tuba has been a major component of jazz compositions written and created by current and past jazz greats, among them Duke Ellington,” he said.
Participating in the 1st Bob Stewart Tuba Competition were these five music organizations: the ten-member Pitch Blak Brass Band, who describe their musical style as hip-hop brass; Ralph Hamperian’s Tuba D’Amore, a five piece ensemble specializing in hard bop; Stumblebum Brass Band, a trio specializing in punk-influenced rock; Tuba Joe and the New Tuba Love, a quintet that performs rock/jazz/funk; and Kenneth Bentley’s Color 4, a four-piece ensemble specializing in contemporary jazz.
The judges for the competition were Larry Kerchner, a renowned songwriter, arranger and composer, and a member of the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame, and Marcus Rojas, a world famous tuba player, teacher, and composer.
As a warm-up to the Tuba Competition, the first two hours of the 52nd Street Jazz Festival featured a trio composed of members of the Duke Ellington Center Big Band in an all-Ellington music program featuring jazz vocalists Marion Cowings and Antoinette Montague, tap dancer Alex Cowings, and ballroom dancer Michael Choi and his partner.
A small “traveling tuba ensemble” performed along 52nd Street between 5th and 7th Avenues and at the CBS Broadcast Plaza at the corner of 52nd Street and 6th Avenue to promote the competition in the hours before it began. The entire five-hour program, including the Tuba Competition and the Jazz musical performances preceding it, took place on the Festival Performance Stage located on the northeast corner of 52nd Street and 6th Avenue, directly opposite of the CBS Broadcast Center.
For additional information, visit www.thedukeellingtoncenter.org or www.bobstewartuba.com
St. Louis Low Brass Collective Announces 2012-2013 Season
The St. Louis Low Brass Collective (STLLBC) provides St. Louis and surrounding regions with educational and performance opportunities for student and amateur low brass musicians. The Collective presents free concerts, workshops, play-alongs, and other events that are of interest to regional low brass musicians. Visit the STLLBC website at www.stllbc.org for more details on the events listed below and for additional events happening throughout the season.
Tubist Paul Haugan passed away on July 28, 2012 at the age of 57. Haugan made his career playing in a wide variety of symphonies and bands, including the Nuremberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, and the Madison, Rockford, Green Bay, and Milwaukee Festival Orchestras. You may read a full obituary at this website: http://www.jsonline.com/news/obituaries/haugan-was-worldclass-tuba-player-366cb2o-165034906.html
Newly Revised ITEA By-Laws
After careful study of the 2010 revision of the By-Laws, the ITEA Governance Committee recommended to the Board of Directors a variety of editorial changes to the ITEA By-Laws. As directed by Article 13 of the 2010 By-Laws, the Board of Directors examined, discussed, and subsequently voted to pass the recommended changes on September 14, 2012. To see the revised By-Laws, go to the Members section of the ITEA website and click on TUBA/ITEA History to navigate to the By-Laws.