br> Dennis AsKew, ITEA President
I hope everyone is enjoying the spring (or autumn, depending upon where you are).
I’m looking forward to seeing many of you (I wish it could be all, but…) at our international conference this summer in Cincinnati. Tim Northcut and his staff have been working tirelessly in order to put together as great a conference as we’ve ever had. There are many exciting things planned throughout the entire week. You can find lists of those things within our website—and I’m sure there will be unexpected/unplanned experiences of great value for us all on each day, as well.
I’m pleased to announce that Tom McCaslin, Professor of Euphonium and Tuba at East Carolina University, has accepted my invitation to become the new ITEA Historian. This is a position that truly has the potential to bring our history to life (our history as an organization, as players, as students, as instrument fanatics, etc.) I look forward to working with Tom over the years, and I hope you will all seek him out, either at the conference, or via email/other correspondence with your ideas regarding this position.
We continue the process of the “move” of the organization to be based on the Executive Director model, and there are more changes ahead. Part of this move, as you may remember, has been the physical move from Colorado to Maryland—some of the things we’re still working through include dealing with the banking side of things, as well as lawyers/business advisors. Additionally, one of the changes we’re dealing with now is the shift of the Tuba-Euphonium Press to come back under the “umbrella” of ITEA, business-wise. This shift should prove to be advantageous for us all, I expect.
Again, I hope to see and talk and socialize with many of you this summer!