Hello ITEA Members. It’s time to celebrate and unite!
Looking ahead, Steven Mead and Hubert Gurtner are working diligently to present an unforgettable ITEC 2012 in Linz, Austria. The beautiful city of Linz is preparing itself for hundreds of tuba and euphonium players from around the world to arrive and begin the celebration! In addition to all of the wonderful concerts, presentations, exhibits and camaraderie, there will be many opportunities to enjoy the sights and sounds of Linz. The city is located on the Danube River and will offer numerous musical, social, and culinary delights. Come celebrate the tuba and euphonium at ITEC 2012 in Linz, Austria, June 23-30.
ITEA President Deanna Swoboda
As we move forward, we need teamwork to accomplish our goals. My recent horoscope read, “You’re likely to be exceptionally fortunate involving a project that requires a collective effort.” That sounds like an ITEA project to me! One of the “projects” I’m thinking about is how we educate more people about the music of the tuba and the euphonium, and how to inspire them to love the instrument as much as we do. The “collective effort” is about working together in order to make a positive difference for the perception of our instruments. We are all ambassadors of the instruments that we play, and the opportunities to educate the general population about them are plentiful. It is our job to share with the world just how absolutely wonderful our instruments are! Our tuba and euphonium forefathers were ambassadors. They worked endlessly to popularize the tuba and the euphonium, to bring them to the forefront to be featured as solo instruments. They commissioned new works, recorded new repertoire, and took every opportunity talk about the instrument.
It is now OUR job to continually improve the image of our instruments via what we do as players. Richard Riding’s work is a testament to this thought. As an ambassador of the tuba and euphonium, Richard helped spread our sound to hundreds of players and listeners. I am profoundly inspired by his lifelong dedication to sharing enthusiastic, genuine learning about what we do. Thank you Richard!
Let us continue Richard Riding’s efforts. In every concert that we play, we make more friends of the tuba and the euphonium. My mentor, Sam Pilafian, said, “Be it a well played polka gig or a solo recital, we are all representing each other in an effort to popularize and celebrate our instruments.” Now I say to you, Do what you enjoy, and enjoy what you do. Be an ambassador of your instrument!