Regarding the proposal to change the name to International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA): Didn’t we go through this same exercise several years ago? I see no advantage to the change. The acronym ITEA does not convey any idea as to what the organization is, and it is likely to be confused with the well-established ITA (International Trombone Association).
As to our euphonium-playing members, the proposed change reminded me of the letter by Kenneth M. Moffett in the Winter 1999 edition of the TUBA Journal in which he advocated replacing the name “euphonium.” He suggested using the name “baritone,” but I would suggest a much better alternative would be to use the long-standing orchestral name for the instrument: tenor tuba.
“Tenor tuba” accurately describes the instrument, and its use would eliminate any reason for changing our name from T.U.B.A. My Webster’s defines “tenor” as having a range between the first C below middle C to the first C above middle C, which is pretty much the core range of the euphonium. The term tenor tuba is used exclusively in orchestras – any recording or performance of “Mars” from Holst’s “The Planets” lists “tenor tuba” in the liner notes or the program. If we used “tenor tuba,” we would no longer have to explain why a “tuba quartet” or “tuba ensemble” includes “euphoniums,” or why “euphoniums” participate in TUBACHRISTMAS.
So instead of lowering the river, let’s raise the bridge. Tenor tubists should feel right at home in the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association. And for those who feel the term “Brotherhood” slights our female members, my Webster’s defines “brotherhood” as “An association for any purpose.The whole body of persons engaged in the same business or profession.”
Tod H. Markin
Editor’s Note: Remember that if you wish to voice an opinion regarding the proposed name change (or opinions, ideas, concerns regarding other issues or other matters you would like to bring to the membership), please send your letters to the Editor of the Journal either by e-mail or posted service at the respective addresses on page 2 of the Journal. For your letter to appear in the Fall issue of the Journal, it should be received by August 1, 2000. Copy deadlines for subsequent issues are always on page 2 of every issue of the Journal.