It has been a privilege to serve as editor of the Journal for the past four years. And this column marks my second farewell to you in that capacity. As was the case at the end of my first time around in this position, increasing responsibilities in my “day job” and the need to spend more time behind a tuba have made it necessary for me to step aside. (YES, as one gets older, practice time DOES become even more important!) It has been a joy to serve you, but know that I have been only the organizer of the material that comes to you every quarter. The credit for the material in this and other issues of the Journal goes to the associate editors and many contributors with who it has been my privilege to work. I offer each of them my thanks. I also thank our Japanese translator, Noriko Niikura, who continues to work with us patiently to be sure our Japanese members receive essential organization information and an overview of Journal content. My assistant editor, Dawn Holte, has been a dependable editor and contributor, while working diligently as a great euphonium student.
Every issue of the Journal looks great from cover to cover—and will continue to look great thanks to the folks at Eau Claire Leader Printing. Kudos to Gayle Gagner who designs every page you see and to Nancy Mauhar who preceded her in that position, as well as the management and support staff. Gayle will keep our magazine looking great into the future.
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Department of Music and Theatre Arts has supported our work in numerous ways too many to list. My personal thanks to my Department Chair, Dr. David Baker, and to the University administration for their support of organizations such as ours, which serve to keep the fabric of various professions together.
Special thanks to my wife, Dr. Barbara Young, who, as many readers of this publication know, is an exceptional artist who has been unflagging in her support for euphonium and tuba players and our musical efforts over the years. She has yielded a considerable amount of our family time to ITEA and this publication.
I’m not going away, by the way… I’ll be assisting Jason Smith as he begins his work as editor of the Journal and will continue to help with the “end game” of production at Eau Claire Leader Printing.
I have been a life Member of our Association for many years now, and I plan to continue to be an active member. Join me and others by doing more than just reading your copy of the Journal! Invite a friend, a colleague, or a fellow student to join ITEA. Host a miniconference in your area to promote interest in the euphonium and tuba. If you’re not in a position to host an event, offer your help to someone who might be in a position to facilitate that kind of activity. Sometimes the only encouragement that’s needed is the knowledge that dedicated support is present and willing to work. If you happen to be a middle school or high school student, organize a euphonium and tuba recital in cooperation with your private teacher or band or orchestra teacher. Invite your friends and family to come. You don’t have to have
international stature as an artist or teacher to promote our instruments -just make good music for others to hear. Do you have ideas about ways that ITEA and/or the Journal might be able to serve the membership (or your particular constituency or interests) better? Don’t keep them to yourself. The people on the Executive Committee are there to work for each of you. Let them know what you’re thinking.
I’ll close by introducing my successor, Jason Roland Smith. Jason is Assistant Professor of Euphonium and Tuba at Ohio University where he teaches euphonium, tuba, and music theory and is tubist with Ohio Brass, the resident faculty brass quintet. He has also served on the faculties at Wright State University, College of Mount St. Joseph, Northern Kentucky University, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Cannon Music Camp. He has performed at numerous conferences and symposia (including the 2000 ITEC in Regina) and on college and university campuses across the U.S. He has performed and recorded with various professional organizations in the Cincinnati area and is a former member of the Opera Theatre Orchestra of Lucca, Italy, as well. Jason holds degrees from Appalachian State University, where he studied tuba with Robert Clark and composition with Scott Meister, and the University of Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music, where he studied tuba with Tim Northcut.
Jason has been an active member of ITEA for many years and was a participant in ITEC competitions during his student years. He has also participated in the Leonard Falcone Festival tuba solo competition and the Colonial Euphonium/Tuba Institute competition. I am very pleased to have someone who has “grown up” with our organization and participated in so many activities step into this important position. He’s ready to hear your ideas for our publication as it continues to evolve. Send him a note with your ideas and encouragement at smithj email@example.com.
Again, it’s been a great pleasure to serve the membership of ITEA. I’ll be seeing ya’ll around ….
~Jerry A. Young