Tim Northcut performing Bruce Broughton’s Concerto (Sonata)for Tuba and Orchestra with the U.S. Army Orchestra
Surprise Performance at the U.S. Army Band Conference! by Harvey Phillips
Around 11:00 a.m., just one hour before my clinic scheduled for 12:00 noon,I was approached by Japanese tubist Ryoichi Tamaki who I had not previously seen at the Conference.A couple of years earlier,Ryoichi had visited TUBARANCH for a week of private lessons,recommended by his teacher in Japan,Chitate Kagawa.Chitate had studied with me as a special student at Indiana University in 1974. On his return to Japan and his position as Principal Tuba with the Sapporo Philharmonic Orchestra,Chitate initiated and founded the Hokkaido Euphonium-Tuba Association (HETA),then his famous annual TubaCamp (in May),The Harvey G.Phillips Solo Tuba Competition,also commissioning composers,opening The Japan Tuba Center, and teaching!
The success of his students is testament to his successful teaching.Recently,Chitate announced his retirement from the Sapporo Philharmonic.Auditions were scheduled and there were many applications. The required solo was Alec Wilder’s Song For Carol written for my wife Carol.When Ryoichi informed me that he had won the audition for Principal Tuba with the Sapporo Philharmonic.I immediately asked Ryoichi if he would open my noon clinic session by playing Song For Carol.I had already planned to play my recording and dedicate the clinic session to her as a surprise (in anticipation of our upcoming 50th anniversary).I could now also introduce to my audience the new Principal Tuba of the Sapporo Philharmonic.Ryoichi said he would like to do it but didn’t have the music.A quick telephone call to Brian Sands (tuba,U.S.Air Force Band)verified that he had the music and could arrive at Brucker Hall around 11:30 a.m. Brian Sands arrived,and the music was photocopied for Ryoichi.We couldn’t ask Caryl Conger to accompany him until she finished her session with Brian Bowman around 11:45 a.m.As she exited the stage,Caryl was introduced to Ryoichi and asked if she would perform “Song For Carol” with him,she said “sure”(as I knew she would,Caryl is a great musician and a great person).
So,after a five-minute “talk through”rehearsal my clinic session started on time.I introduced Ryoichi Tamaki as the new Principal Tuba with the Sapporo Philharmonic Orchestra,then our fabulous pianist Caryl Conger,I then dedicated their “required”performance to my Carol and we heard an excellent performance!I shall be forever fondly and admiringly grateful to Caryl and Ryoichi for their performance,professionalism and friendship! ~Harvey Phillips
Gary Bird (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
GySgt.Tom Holtz soloing with the Army Blues jazz ensemble
Kelly Biese and Angie Hunter, euphoniumists & tubists Stacy Baker and Velvet Brown of Junction accept congratulations from composer Franz Cibulka following performance of his Konzert für Tubaquartett und Blasorchester with the U.S. Army Concert Band
The James Madison University Brass Quintet
MSG Bob Powers and Jack Jarrett (conducting)following the world premier performance of Jarrett’s Diversions for Euphonium and Orchestra
Velvet Brown performing Franz Cilbulka’s Konzert für Tuba and sinfoniches Orchester
Massed euphoniums featured during a performance of Melody Shop by the U.S. Army Concert Band
Gene Pokorny performing Five Bagatelles by Gerald Finzi (arr. Joseph Kreines) with the U.S. Army Concert Band
Bill Reichenbach (euphonium) with the
Army Blues jazz ensemble