Letter from the Editor Jerry Young, Editor
I have purposely avoided taking up valuable print space in the Journal after my initial issue in the Fall of 1998, and 1 don’t intend for this column to appear again for some time unless circumstances merit words from me. Nevertheless, it seemed to me that this was an appropriate time for me to share a few thoughts with you.
I want to express my appreciation to the several folks who have sent along comments and suggestions regarding the Journal, both to me and to members of the Journal staff. We are all pleased to hear from any member of the Association. Comments on the publication, suggestions for articles you would like to see, news items, and so on are all most welcome. Please keep them coming in even greater numbers. Your input serves to make this your publication. Further, I would like to voice my appreciation to the Journal staff. While assistant editor Dawn Holte and I do some wordsmithing and put the publication together with the expertise of Gayle Gagner and her colleagues at Eau Claire Leader Printing here in Wisconsin, the various associate editors are the ones who gather material and make our publication happen. Their volunteered time and effort make all the difference.
This column is occasioned by a couple of items. First, note that there are two new columns in this issue of the Journal. These columns will constitute our effort to have regular educational/pedagogical information in each issue of the Journal. “Dr. Euph,” who readers will remember from the late 1980s, and his able assistant, Roger Behrend (euphoniumist with the U.S. Navy Band) are back, and they are joined by David Porter (tubist with the U.S. Air Force Band) and “Tips for Tuba.” These columns will contain information that our readers can apply to their playing/ practicing daily. If you have a problem or just a question relative to performance that you would like to have addressed in these columns, please contact Roger or David by snail mail or e-mail at the addresses you’ll find for them on page 2 of the Journal.
Second, as readers noted in the Winter issue of the Journal, the name of the Association is now the International Tuba-Euphonium Association. In order to assist librarians and archivists around the world, the name of our publication will remain the TUBA Journal through the Summer, 2001 issue, which will conclude volume 28. Beginning with the Fall, 2001 issue and volume 29, the Journal will be re-named the l.T .E .A . Journal. A new logo is being developed for the Association, and we are looking at new ideas for the design of the cover of the Journal. If your local public or university library subscribes to the Journal, please alert them to watch for these changes in the fall, as this will assist them in preparing for making any needed alterations in their cataloging procedures.
Again, thank you for your support of this publication. We will continue to strive to furnish you with a magazine that has something of interest for our very diverse membership in each issue. Again, I always look forward to hearing from you with your comments, criticisms, and ideas. We’re doing our best, but we can’t become better in a vacuum.
With best wishes for the best in music making… Jerry A . Young, Editor