Presidents Corner Scott Watson, TUBA President
Executive Committee Proposes Association Name Change
Over the past year, the Executive Committee has invested a great deal of time in discussion and consideration of a name change for T.U.B.A. The Executive Committee unanimously endorses and recommends to the membership that the association change its name from the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association to the International Tuba-Euphonium Association. This proposal will be submitted as a constitutional change to be voted upon on by the general membership of the Association. If approved, this name change would take effect on January 1, 2001.
Rationale: After much thought, the Executive Committee strongly believes that the association name should better reflect the actual mission and constituency of our organization. The many euphonium members deserve (and want) to have their instrument included in the Association’s title. The Executive Committee believes that this will help in efforts by the Association on the euphonium’s behalf. This name change will also serve to improve the understanding of the organization’s mission and activities among non-members and others in the music world, lessening the confusion stemming from the current non-representative title T.U.B.A. The name “International Tuba-Euphonium Association” more accurately reflects our mission, membership, and activities. It is also is more inclusive, translates more easily into other languages, and demonstrates the serious nature of the membership’s ongoing stewardship of the tuba and euphonium. The Executive Committee believes very strongly in the future of the Association and the essential need for this name change. The members of the Executive Committee seek the support of the membership for this critical proposal.
Voting: Ballots for this Constitutional change will be included with the Fall, 2000 Journal. Deadline for receipt of ballots will be printed on the ballot.
Greetings to all T.U.B.A. members! 1 cannot tell you how excited I am about the upcoming International Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Regina May 28 – June 4th. Host John Griffiths has assembled a fantastic lineup of attists and events that assures this ITEC to be one of our best conferences ever. 1 personally look forward to each ITEC, both to be inspired by the tremendous artistry 1 hear and to experience the wonderful atmosphere of friendship that is a part of each of these gatherings. There is simply no other conference that has the “feeling” of an International Tuba-Euphonium Conference. I hope to see all of you in Regina!
While you are at the conference, I hope you will accept the Executive Committee’s invitation to share your ideas and concerns with us at either our meetings from 8:00-9:00 each morning or at our General Membership Meeting, scheduled for Saturday. We sincerely want to hear from you.
An important Constitutional Ballot Announcement from the Executive Committee is included in this issue of the Journal concerning our suggestion that we change the name of the Association from the Tubists Univetsal Brotherhood Association to the International Tuba-Euphonium Association. After much thought, the Executive Committee voted unanimously to suggest this name change to the membership. The most important reason behind this change is the continued confusion with non-tuba and euphonium players over the role of the euphonium in our association. Our association’s name needs to clearly reflect the intent of our organization. We believe our euphonium members deserve to see their instrument’s name in the title of our association. This also might make our efforts on behalf of the euphonium easier, needing no “explanation” with regard to what our association is actually about. The name International Tuba- Euphonium Association seems to indicate exactly what we are – an international association for the tuba AND euphonium. Those concerned with leaving a name that has been with us for so long might be interested to know that there is much confusion about the origin of the name T.U.B.A. When T.U.B.A. was first founded by Robert Ryker in Canada in the late 1960’s, it was more of a supportive and social organization designed to help tuba players communicate with each other, rather than the more all-embracing international organization our association has become today. Some members may have heard that the name T.U.B.A. dates back to William Bell and the old McSorely Alehouse gatherings in New York, but this is not the case. At the recent ITEC in Minneapolis, Robert Ryker told us that he needed a name for the new organization for registration purposes and that he and an assistant quickly came up with Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association. They thought it was a nice pun, and it is! It is my strong belief that we have now outgrown the name and that the use of International Tuba-Euphonium Association will serve us much better. The moniker T.U.B.A. would still be an important part of the Association’s history, and valued as such. This change in no way erases or lessens the importance of the early efforts of Mr. Ryker and all those individuals who did such great work to make our association what it is today.
I ask for your support of this name change as put before you by your Executive Committee. The Summer Issue of the Journal will allow space for any public discussion of this subject. Please send your comments to Journal editor, Jerry Young by May 1, 2000. Ballots will be with your copy of the Fall issue of the Journal. The Executive Committee looks forward to hearing your thoughts on the subject. In addition to your letters to the editor, please contact me or any other member of the Executive Committee with your thoughts at the street or e-mail addresses on page two of the Journal.
Other news to report is that we are researching the possibility of “e-membership.” This type of membership would cost less than the normal membership fee. This is not a reality at this date, but we are working hard on it. Thanks to Vice-President Skip Gray for his work on this project. Speaking of web sites, we have a new webmaster – United States Army tubist Tom Bratten. He is coordinating all web site concerns. Thanks to Ken Bergquist, our past webmaster for his hard work.
The 2001 ITEC in Lahti, Finland is shaping up to be something special as well. Host Harri Lidsle has an excellent web site so check it out for information. Finally, thanks to Steve Rosse for his Tubamania event held recently held in Australia, and the staff of the United States Army Band including. Jack Tilbury, Ross Morgan, and John Mueller for the annual Army Tuba- Euphonium Conference held this past January. There are so many world class events for our instruments being held on a regular basis. This time is truly the Golden Age for the tuba and euphonium! All the best to everyone.
Scott Watson, President