TUBA NOTES Scott Watson, TUBA President
The President’s Corner
By the time you are reading this Summer issue of the Journal, many of us will be reminiscing about the just completed ITEC in Regina. Thanks to ITEC host John Griffiths for what I know was one of the finest conferences ever. Some great news! The long anticipated Arnold Jacobs CD Project is now complete and was released at the ITEC and now internationally. I cannot think of a better way to honor the legacy of Mr. Jacobs than this aural testimony to his teaching and artistry. This compact disc is a collection of both Mr. Jacobs’ performances as a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and as a soloist, combined with recorded examples of his teaching and pedagogical techniques taken from clinics and masterclasses through the years. Summit Records honors the legacy of Arnold Jacobs by making this recording a non-profit project that will benefit winners of the Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestral Tuba Competition at each ITEC. The winner of this competition will be able to travel to Chicago to witness the legacy of Mr. Jacobs first hand, as they will have the opportunity to take lessons, and observe Chicago Symphony Orchestra rehearsals and performances with all activities funded by this project.
I cannot tell you how excited and thankful those who have worked on the Jacobs Project are. There are many that deserve our gratitude, first and foremost, of course, the Jacobs family (especially Dallas Jacobs) for allowing us to produce this aural history of Mr. Jacobs’ career. A heartfelt thanks to Summit Records for their support of our instruments and for caring enough to invest time and money in a project from which will never realize profit. For this we will be forever in their debt. The hero of this project is Frank Byrne for his yeoman-like work in coordinating an incredibly complex task. Everything he does is first class, and this CD is no exception. Thanks also to Sam Pilafian, Gene Pokomy, David Fedderly, who helped to shape this project from its beginnings to the finished project. I know there are others we need to thank for their contributions behind the scenes, and this column will give space to those as we discover who they are. This recording is a “must buy” for everyone. Not only is it an amazing collection of seldom-heard recordings, but a wonderful educational project of both T.U.B.A. and Summit Records. It should be in every personal and school library. Be sure to let all your wind instrument playing friends know about the availability of this recording. While we’re very proud that Mr. Jacobs was a tubist, his legacy belongs to all wind players.
As announced in the Spring issue of the Journal, this Summer issue contains some discussion of the proposed name change of the Association to the International Tuba Euphonium Association. There will be further discussion in the Fall Journal along with the official ballot to vote on the Association name change. My only thought in this installment of my column is that, with regard to this issue, let’s make sure that we all respect everyone’s opinion, whether we agree with it or not. I would like to suggest that we realize that everyone in the Association has our instruments’ best interests at heart. Each member’s love of and dedication to the tuba and euphonium should be without question. We may not always agree on every issue, but we will always agree on the important role our instruments have in the musical world. A thorough, respectful discussion of this important issue is good for the Association.
A final announcement: the Association Archive is moving! The University of Maryland has been named as the new official T.U.B.A. Archive site. It is a world class library, with many special collections and archives. The material gathered in our “Save Our History” project will find its home soon in Maryland. Remember to send Historian Carole Nowicke any materials you may have. It is NOT too late!
A wonderful summer to everyone.
Scott Watson, President