ITEA Notes Scott Watson, President
The President’s Corner
Spring is traditionally a time for renewal, iso I hope that this year everyone will keep in the spirit by remembering to renew I.T.E.A. memberships! If you happen to forget, our Treasurer Kathy Brantigan will remind you. Jerry Young has some really intriguing issues of the Journal coming up, so don’t miss one of them by letting your membership lapse.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of two new Association staff members. They are: Robert Spevacek, Regional Chapter Coordinator and Thomas Stein, Publicity Coordinator. Their address information is listed on page two of the Journal. I know both of these gentlemen will be of great service to the membership of I.T.E.A. A word about upcoming projects they will be undertaking…
The year 2003 has been designated by the Executive Committee as a year for the presentation of Regional Conferences worldwide. There will be no ITEC scheduled that year. Bob Spevacek is ready to assist you in organizing a regional conference in your part of the world. If you qualify, some seed monies from I.T.E.A. may be available through the Executive Committee. Contact Bob to indicate your interest and to get further information.
In addition to publicizing the many projects and happenings of the Association, Tom Stein will also be working with the Executive Committee to increase our grant activity. This will hopefully result in an increase of our ability to fund larger commissioning projects in the near future.
Speaking of projects, members of the Executive Committee recently met with both David Miles, Editor of our own Tuba-Euphonium Press, and Tom Bratten, Association Web Master, during the U.S. Army Tuba-Euphonium Conference at Ft. Myet, Virginia. Members will be seeing the Tuba-Euphonium Press becoming even more extensive in its titles and holdings of quality literature. We hope to expand to some limited CD sales as well. Look for a combined Tuba-Euphonium Press and I.T.E.A. booth at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois next December. The web site soon will be drastically expanded as we evolve to an expanded operation with an electronic version of the journal and electronic memberships over the next few years. Thanks to Tom for his expertise and innovative approach to our web site.
Also, thanks to Colonel Lamb and the tuba-euphonium section of the Army Band for another fantastic conference! Their annual conference has become one of our best traditions. You cannot witness such fine playing for free anywhere!
In closing what is the final President’s Comer of my presidency, I must thank all of you for giving me the honor of serving you as your President these past two years. This once in a lifetime opportunity to work with so many tireless and gifted people has made my life a joy these past four years on the Executive Committee. I must express special thanks to all my colleagues on the Executive Committee, for you will not find a better or more dedicated group of tubists and euphoniumists, all with the Association’s best interests at heart. The honor, again, was mine.
I know you will find Skip Gray to be one of our finest Presidents. I look forward to being part of his team as your Past- President. I won’t tip his hand, but I already know Skip has some marvelous ideas that will be implemented during his term as President. Onward to even bigger and better things!
My best to all of you and Adieu… ~ Scott Watson, President