The Presidents Corner (Skip Gray, ITEA President)
The largest employers of tuba and euphonium players throughout the world are military bands. These ensembles provide a secure career in music and also offer the opportunity for members to continue to develop their talents. For more than two hundred years, military bands have served to keep order among troops on the march and raise morale of both armed forces and citizens. Today military bands still perform important ceremonial functions ranging from welcoming visiting diplo- mats to honoring those who have served their country during funerals. Over the past century, these bands have gained recognition for their musical excellence. By commissioning new works from both outside composers as well as those “on-staff,” the military bands have spawned a great deal of important new literature that has helped wind bands evolve into highly respected artistic organizations. A significant portion of this new literature has been solo works for the tuba and euphonium. This music has served not only as a vehicle to promote the virtuoso players within the band, but also, in a larger sense, to advance the appreciation of the solo capability of our instruments to very wide and diverse audiences. In addition to musical responsibilities, many members of armed forces bands also shoulder substantial duty in the defense of their country. We must offer appreciation for the efforts and accomplishments of those with this critical dual responsibility.
Members of military bands have also played a significant role in the advance- ment of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association including three Past-Presidents (Brian Bowman, Bob Daniel, Marty Erickson), five Euphonium Coordinators (Brian Bowman, Denis Winter, David Werden, Roger Behrend, John Mueller), and a Publication Coordinator/Journal Editor (Jack Tilbury). One of the most successful International Tuba- Euphonium Conferences took place in 1983 in College Park, Maryland. It was hosted by Brian Bowman with support by a great many of his colleagues from the military bands on the east coast of the United States. The annual United States Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Washington, D.C. has become one of the most respected conferences of its kind, and the contributions by members of the band to produce this excellent event each year are invaluable. I hope that readers will find this issue of the Tuba-Euphonium Journal interesting and informative. On behalf of the International Tuba- Euphonium Association, I salute the many men and women who are members of armed forces bands throughout the world, and thank each of you for your artistry and dedication towards keeping music alive!
Make plans now to attend the 2002 International Tuba-Euphonium Con- ference in Greensboro, North Carolina. This is a great location that should be very easy for many to attend, and the schedule of events looks great.
During 2003, ITEA will sponsor regional conferences throughout the world. As of November 1, thirteen regional conference sites have been proposed. Check the Spring ITEA Journal for specific locations and dates.
Do you have a friend who should be a member of the International Tuba- Euphonium Association? Make a photocopy of the membership applica- tion form that can be found in the back the Journal and invite them to join! See the next page for some reasons why every tuba and euphonium player hould be a member.
Skip Gray, President