TUBA NOTES: President’s Corner Scott Watson, President
In this issue of the Journal you will find extensive coverage of the 2000 ITEC in Regina. As expected, it was simply a first class conference, showcasing artistry of the highest order. I was amazed, inspired, and sometimes even intimidated by the incredible talent that exists in the euphonium and tuba community today. The friendship and sharing of ideas by everyone will remain with me forever. I would bet that those of you who attended share my feelings and emotions. Host John Griffiths deserves a resounding HUZZAH for his dedication, vision, and orgEinizaticn. In other words, everyone who went to Regina had a fabulous time! We now begin the countdown to ITEC 2001 in Lahti, Finland. This is an event that should not be missed! Plan to be there next August!
This spring we will once again be holding the bi-annual election of officers for the Association. I have appointed a nominating committee consisting of Winston Morris (chair), Brian Bowman, and Fritz Kaenzig. There is an official announcement of the upcoming election elsewhere in this Journal, but just another reminder from me here to share your nominations with the nominating committee. I know that the committee will appreciate your suggestions. This is an important event for our Association, and your participation, both in submitting nominations and through the act of voting, is vital to the life of our organization. A final slate of officer candidates will be included on your ballot in the spring issue of the Journal. As stated in the President’s Comer in the summer issue of the Journal, we expect this issue of the Journal to contain further discussion of the proposed name change of the Association as proposed by the Executive Committee. Please, regardless of your opinions or feelings on this issue, do cast your vote! As mentioned above, our Association is vitalized by the participation of its members.
As I write this column, my term as President is heading past its halfway mark. I want to thank everyone for their support of me and for the Association during the past year. As I stated at the General Membership Meeting in Regina, it is a great time to be a euphonium or tuba player. There are so many exciting developments for our instruments. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you. I must add a special “thanks” to my colleagues on the Executive Committee. I am honored to serve with so many talented and dedicated people. I can’t tell you how much I admire each of you. Best wishes to everyone during what I know is a busy fall season for everyone in our very diverse membership.