ITEC 2002 by Dawn Holte
Truly An ITEC for You
What do great music, even better instrumentation, and gool ol’ southern barbecues all have in common? That’s right! The answer is this year’s International Tuba and Euphonium Conference held in Greensboro, North Carolina. “ITEC 2002, an ITEC for You” truly lived up to its motto and helped make the conference a huge success. There was truly something for everyone from the amateur to the professional. Kudos to conference hosts Dennis Askew and Bart Collins as well as the tremendous staff for their hard work and dedication. The conference began with a brief introduction by the conference hosts followed by a great p^ormance by the North Carolina 26th Regiment Band. The remainder of the conference comprised nonstop performances, recitals and lectures by legendary tuba and euphonium artists, teachers, and historians from throughout the world. Something of interest was guaranteed for everyone at every moment of the conference. In fact, some days it was difficult to find time for lunch! An array of phenomenal performances occurred throughout the week. Performances involved soloists in recital and concerto performances with the Greensboro Symphony, Triangle Brass Band of Greensboro, North Carolina, and the United States Army Band. The variety of programming at this year’s conference was quite special. Artists were asked to perform not only virtuoso works but also works approachable by amateurs or novices. The recitals were both musically and technically spectacular and a showcase for some great music that can be played by musiciarw from all walks of life.
Adding to the variety were the various ensembles selected to participate as part of the conference. Two brass quintets of varying styles presented performances. The United States Army Brass Quintet and the Boston Brass. This year’s ITEC featured more professional tuba/euphonium ensembles than in the past, and several groups were relatively new to ITEA members.
Groups included Tubalate, Sotto Voce, Euphouria, Celluloid Tubas, the Gerhard Meinl Jazz Trio, Three, the U.S. Navy Band Tuba- Euphonium Quartet, Dos Amigos, Twin City Tuba Band, Symphonia, and the MJT Project.
Throughout the week the High School All Stars Tuba Euphonium Ensemble (directed by Tom Stein) and the World Honors Tuba Euphonium Ensemble (directed by Todd Fiegel) rehearsed and gave a great recital at the end of the week. Many university ensembles from all over the United States performed during the lunch hour at campus eateries and as preludes to evening concerts. Again, these recitals featured tuba-euphonium ensemble music approachable by a large audience of musicians, making the recitals not only enjoyable, but also highly informative. One of the highlighted recitals of the week was that of the Tiger Band. This performance kept the audience tapping toes, clapping hands, and leaving rejuvenated. The Tiger Band, led by Kenny Carr, is an African-American shout band featuring a lead trombone (Kenny Carr), five trombones which follow his lead, a baritone, sousaphone, and trap set. This group played an awesome recital, but they gave all of their praises back to their spiritual inspiration. This group performs primarily as an act of worship and witness through a fabulous blend of gospel and jazz music. The audience was filled with amateurs, students, and seasoned professionals, who were equally impressed by this very unusual ITEC performance.
Another great aspect of this year’s ITEC was the many interesting lectures and masterclasses. Masterclasses presented by Steven Mead and Roger Bobo, who was presented an ITEA Lifetime Achievement Award, also attracted large audiences. Lecture topics included jazz improvisation. Dixieland playing, electronic music and real-time synthesis in relation to the euphonium and tuba, arranging tuba/ euphonium music, playing in tuba/ euphonium ensembles, solo music for contrabass tuba, and much more.
There were also several very unique topics addressed in recitals and lectures. These recitals and lectures provided even more perspective to the world of low brass and were greatly appreciated by many. Such events included: Helen Tyler, baritone recital; Edward Mallett double bell euphonium recital; Moravian music lecture by Dr. Nola Reed Knouse; The Ophicleide by Dr. David Loucky; and solos for the contrabass tuba by David Zerkel. Although all lectures were significant, probably none were more anticipated than that of Connie Weldon and R. Winston Morris on the history of the development of large tuba and euphonium ensembles. This event was historical since the two originators and driving forces of the large tuba and euphonium ensemble teamed up to present an outstanding lecture on their journey, as well as the paths of others who were instrumental in the development of this important medium.
As with every ITEC, competitions were also an integral part of this year’s ITEC. The various competitions and winners were:
1st: Ben Pierce
2nd: Jason Wallace
Artist Euphonium 1st: Martin Cochran
2nd: Brandon Jones
Mock Orchestral Tuba
Mock Euphonium Audition
Tuba/Euphonium Quartet 1st: University of Alabama: Cochran, McPhetridge, Hill, Entrup
2nd: University of North Texas: Meixner, Saito, Daussat, DeLaup
Young Artist Euphonium
1st. Hiram Diaz
2nd: Jesse Rackley
Young Artist Tuba
1st place: Seth Homer
2nd place: Carol Jantsch
1st place: Dan “Sly” Slipetzki, tuba
2nd place: Dax Stokes, euphonium
2002 ITEC also marked the first meeting of ITEA’s new Student Advisory Committee. During this session the guidelines for the function of the ITEA Student Advisory Committee were discussed. Some of these areas include developing a survey for high school and college students that asks questions about their interests and involvements in ITEA, maintaining a column in the joumal directed towards student members, and working directly with the President-Elect of ITEA in all activities. The Students Advisory Committee has many wonderful goals and ideas and is going to be a wonderful contribution to ITEA.
As previously mentioned, the hosts of ITEC 2002 intended to focus also on amateur tuba and euphonium, and also present certain topics or performances of an innovative quality. Probably one of the highlights of this inclusion was the performance of the Twin City Tuba Band of North Carolina, the only continuous tuba-euphonium ensemble in the United States. This group provided a great example of what tuba and euphonium players within a community can do for forming a large tuba-euphonium ensemble in their area. They performed admirably for a group of their unique background and showed conference attendees yet another possible avenue. The traditional ITEC cookout featured the music of the Dixie Power Trio and Dos Amigos, as well as great southem barbecue, laughter, lemonade, and beer. After such a fast-paced week of powerful concerts, recitals, and lectures, this was a great chance to just sit back and enjoy the great music and company that surrounded us.
As ITEC 2002 came to its close, many began looking towards future conferences of the Intemational Tuba and Euphonium Association. As was announced at the ITEA meeting, Janos Mazura and Roland Szentpali will host the next ITEC in Budapest, Hungary in 2004. Next year many regional conferences will take place for all euphonium and tuba players of all skill levels.
Again, a special thanks is given to Dennis Askew and Bart Collins for their hard work. Also, thank you to all of those who worked so hard to process the registration forms, take care of the facilities, and attend to every little detail to make this conference such a success. The heartfelt gratitude of ITEA goes out to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music and their Dean, John J. Deal for their hospitality, as well the many exhibitors and sponsors that helped make ITEC 2002 truly an ITEC for everyone! Daivn Holte served as the Assistant Editor for the ITEA Joumal for two years. While serving as Assistant Editor, Dawn completed several other articles for the Joumal. Dawn is currently studying euphonium under Dr. Jerry Young at the University of Wisconsin’Eau Claire where she is pursuing a degree in music education.
Please visit the ITEA website (www.iteaonline.org) for 2002 ITEC concert reviews!