TUBA NOTES: Scott Watson, TUBA President
I must first inform the membership that the proposed name change for the Association was approved by the voting membership. The new name of our Association is THE INTERNATIONAL TUBA-EUPHONIUM ASSOCIATION (ITEA). My thanks go to all of you for the mature, civil and democratic way the discussion of this issue evolved these past few months. The name T.U.B.A. will always remain an important part of our history, and for a while we will routinely refer to the Association as “ITEA, formerly T.U.B.A.” to lessen any initial confusion for anyone outside the Association who might not initially be aware of this action. Thanks to all who participated in the discussion and vote on this very important issue. Wh4her we all agree all the time is not as important as the knowledge that we all have our instrument’s and our association’s best interests at heart.
A second important announcement is that a new home has been found for our official Association Archive: the University of Maryland Library. Our Association Historian, Carole Nowicke, is our official liaison with the library, and she invites you to continue to donate items related to our history for deposit in the archive as part of our ongoing “Save Our History” campaign. Her address, phone number, and e-mail address can be found on page two of this and every issue of the Journal. Carole is in the process of coordinating some fantastic oral histories on tape by many of our tuba and euphonium legends. These, along with a variety of other items, will be part of the archive. The University of Maryland Library is a wonderful institution with a varied and interesting collection. We look forward to the time (hopefully soon) when you can drop by the library and examine these materials. Of course, you will also have the opportunity to use them in any research you may be doing on the Association or regarding our instruments.
The absolutely life changing compact disc, Arnold Jacobs-Life of an Artist, is now available from Summit Records. All royalties (after production costs) are going to the Association to run our Arnold Jacobs Scholarship Program. The Arnold Jacobs Scholarship will go to the wiimer of the Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestral Competition at each International Tuba-Euphonium Conference. It is a great cause to support, so I ask all of you to do so by buying a copy and encouraging the purchase of the CD by your students, colleagues, and friends. (As I mentioned in my column in the summer issue of the Journal, this isn’t just a CD for tuba and euphonium players – any musician who understands the legacy of Mr. Jacobs will benefit from owning it.) Thanks again to Frank Bryne and Summit Records for this wonderful gift.
By now I hope everyone is reading the Conference Comer by 2001 ITEC host Harri Lidsle with excitement and anticipation. This will be an ITEC like no other. Our last conference on the eastern side of the Atlantic in Riva del Garda was a very special one. ITEC 2001 in Lahti is going to be all that and more. Great artistry, beautiful Finland, and sauna! I’m there! (Hope you will be too.)
My thanks go to Jerry Young for his expert editorship of the Journal. It’s a hectic job, so if you get a chance to see Jerry, thank him personally! The Journal looks, and reads better than ever. Again thanks Jerry for your work.
That’s all for now. All the best to everyone this winter season.