President’s Corner (Skip Gray, ITEA President)
for those of you who attended – the 2002 International Tuba- Euphonium Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina, I don’t have to say how great is was. Wonderful concerts, clinics, exhibits, and camaraderie! And whenever you get over seven hundred tuba and euphonium players together, it has to be a super time! Many thanks once again to Co-hosts Dennis Askew and Bart Collins as well as their fine staff for all of their hard work organizing and carrying out this memorable conference.
During 2003, ITEA is promoting regional conferences. Please take a look at the “Conference Corner” in this 1 ournal for a complete listing of regional confer- ences and make plans to participate! The regional conference hosts have already invested a great deal of time in planning for each event. If you have ideas for sessions or would like to be involved as a performer, clinician, or in some other way, please contact the host. Regional conferences are a great opportunity for all members of ITEA to be directly involved with the association. In Greensboro, the ITEA Executive Committee met to consider two very fine proposals for the 2004 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference. After a great deal of discussion among the committee, with members of the Board of Directors, and others, the proposal from ] anos Mazura and Budapest, Hungary was selected. Tentative dates for ITEC 2004 are mid to late ] uly and work has already begun programming for the event and more specific information will be forth- coming very soon. Start planning now to attend what will undoubtedly be a fantastic conference. One last conference-related item … I would like to offer my warmest appreciation to outgoing Conference Coordinator Sharie Huff. For the past seven years, Sharie has served the association diligently and has helped with the organization of international conferences in Chicago, Riva del Garda, Minneapolis, Regina, Lahti, and Greensboro. A formidable task with great results! Sharie is the current President of the Women’s Brass Congress and is doing great work advancing that association. Many thanks are extended to Sharie for her dedication and work on behalf of ITEA. Stepping in as the new Conference Coordinator is Dennis Askew. Have you been to the ITEA web site ( www.tubaonline.org) lately? You will notice big changes as the new ITEA Web Team has begun complete restructuring of the site. The group currently consists of David Werden (Web Master), Sean Chisham (Web Director), Michael Fischer (Pedagogy), and Deanna Swoboda (Special Projects). Priorities for the site include up to date news and events, publication of the 1ournal on- line and making past issues available, greatly expanding pedagogy offerings, and more. If you have suggestions or would like to be involved with this project, please contact me, Publications Coordinator Jim Shearer, or a member of the Web Team. It is time once again for nomination of officers. Three positions will be open for election in 2003 including Vice- President/ President- Elect, Vice- President for International Relations, and Secretary. The Nominating Committee consists of ] erry Young (Chair), Brian Bowman, Stacey Baker, and Gerhard Meinl. Please contact a member of the committee with your thoughts. All the best for a great fall! Skip Gray, President