Tuba-Euphonium Press Column
David Miles, Editor
This is the first in a series of articles about Tuba-Euphonium Press. In future issues, we will highlight some of our music and composers, but since it has been several years since Tuba-Euphonium Press has been featured in our Journal, I thought I would try to introduce Tuba-Euphonium Press to some of our younger readers and answer some commonly asked questions.
What is Tuba-Euphonium Press?
Tuba-Euphonium Press is a music publishing company owned by ITEA. We publish and sell music for the tuba, the euphonium, and combinations of tubas and euphoniums. We do not publish brass quintets or other combinations unless they feature the tuba or euphonium. Over the last decade we have grown from a couple of dozen pieces to several hundred titles.
How did Tuba-Euphonium Press come about?
When TUBA was formed 30 years ago, the literature situation was much different than it is today. Major publishers were reluctant to publish new pieces because of the limited financial return on their investment. Many excellent pieces were available only by writing directly to the composer, and others were rarely performed because nobody knew where to find them. Literature choices were limited in quality and quantity, limiting musical development for students.
Many years ago, some of our leading players and teachers saw a need for TUBA to try and take more responsibility for our own literature development. Their vision was to make good literature more readily available, and by making it easier and more profitable to publish their music, to encourage composers to write for the tuba and the euphonium. This began as the TUBA Manuscript Press in the 1980s and has evolved into Tuba-Euphonium Press over the years.
What kind of pieces will I find in the Tuba-Euphonium Press catalog?
We publish hundreds of pieces by noted brass composers and arrangers. Many of these are for traditional combinations (euphonium and piano, tuba-euphonium quartet, tuba unaccompanied, etc.) We also publish many pieces that most publishers would not consider. We have many pieces for unusual combinations (euphonium-piccolo duet, tuba-oboe duet, solo flute with tuba-quartet, etc.). Most publishers are in business to make a profit and must judge each piece by whether or not it will bring in enough sales to repay publishing costs and then make a profit. We are not blind to the realities of business, but we are also very interested in developing and advancing the musical literature available for tuba and euphonium players. Most of our music tends to be college or professional level. While we do have many good pieces for younger players, most ITEA members tend to play at a high school level or better. Traditional publishers offer many good choices for high school level literature; we try to fill in voids that they do not cover.
How would I go about submitting a piece for publication consideration?
To submit music for publication consideration, please send the following to Tuba-Euphonium Press, 3811 Ridge Road, Annandale, Va. 22003.
1. A copy of the music. Score-only is sufficient. If we decide to publish the music, we can then ask for parts. Score does not need to be bound. Music should be produced using Finale (or any quality music notation software) or very good manuscript suitable for printing.
2. A recording of the music. Cassette or CD is acceptable. If a recording of an actual performance is not available, a computer-generated performance is acceptable.
Include your address, phone number, and email address. If you are submitting an arrangement of music still under copyright protection, please send as much information as possible so we can contact the copyright holder (name, address, etc. of copyright holder). We will evaluate your music and let you know if we are interested in publishing it.
Do you carry any music from other publishers?
Normally we do not carry music from other publishers. If you want the Arban or Rochut book, or if you need a copy of the Vaughan-Williams Concerto, there are plenty of good places to buy them by mail or over the Internet, and we encourage you to support all publishers producing low brass music. Occasionally we will carry pieces that are hard to find or that are of particular interest to players, but most of the music we sell is our own.
Can I order your music through my local music store?
You can, but it will probably cost you more. We charge the same price to your local music store as we do directly to you. Several stores buy our music then add their own dealer markup. Our mission is to make good music available to ITEA members at a reasonable cost. We sell our music at a price that covers our costs and allows us to print more pieces, but we do not add in a margin for profit. We basically sell to everyone at wholesale, so we cannot give dealers a “double-wholesale” discount.
Do you carry CDs?
We carry 5-10 different CDs, mainly ones that feature our music. These are only on our web site. If we do not have the CD you are seeking, there are several excellent businesses carrying low brass CDs.
Do you have a website?
Yes. Point your browser to www.tubaeuphoniumpress.com. It is updated several times each year, and it is the most up to date listing of our music.
I understand you have a sale each fall. Tell me about this.
Each fall we offer a 20 % discount to ITEA members. This usually comes with the summer or fall ITEA Journal.
Where can I buy old TUBA/ITEA Journals?
Funny you should ask that. We recently began carrying back issues. By the time you read this, they should be listed on our website.
How can I help our literature continue to develop?
Obviously, buying and performing our literature and that of other publishers is the best way to help out. This always helps us, as well as providing financial reward to our composers. Many times composers will write music that brings them financial gain. We can help make writing for the tuba and euphonium more lucrative, which can only help produce better literature.
Personally encourage composers to consider writing for our instruments. You would be surprised at how many good compositions were generated by players simply asking a composer to consider writing something for them. No commission, no money involved, just the promise of a premiere performance. And if you have the financial resources, a substantial commission is even better.
Last, but not least, please actually buy printed copies of the music you play. And not just Tuba-Euphonium Press music; we should respect the legal rights of all publishers and composers. Collecting photocopies of pieces without actually buying them is illegal (I know some of you will say it’s acceptable just to make a copy because you’re a student, but no, it’s not). By taking money from a composer’s pocket, you are doing your small part to keep composers from writing for us. No one raindrop thinks that it’s responsible for the flood.
Many years ago, the early leaders of our great organization had a vision of more and better literature for our instruments, and their hard work had led to great strides forward. Our current leadership continues to expand that vision, and we have the opportunity to pass an even richer heritage of literature to those who follow us. Together we either ensure that literature for our instruments continues to grow and develop, or together we ensure that composers write for somebody else. Let’s make the future brighter for all of us.
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