Tubonium 4 in Review
by Paul Budde, Euphonium and Tuba Instructor
Gustavus Adolphus College; email@example.com
What a terrific couple of days we had this past March 17–18 at Tubonium 4 , held at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN! I feel honored to have had the chance to work with our guest artists Mark Jenkins, Jim Self, and Collegium Tubum (University of Iowa Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble) under the direction of John Manning. It was a Tubonium to remember!
Mark Jenkins, Jim Self, and Paul Budde
Tubonium Mass Ensemble led by Paul Budde
Mark Jenkins Solo Recital.jpg
Our workshop had a new theme this year — “Hands On!” From all indications, this new framework was well received by our attendees. Both Mark Jenkins and Jim Self lead separate group master classes in which all attendees were welcome to play along and work directly with our guest artists. The audience members in attendance were a wonderful mix of ages, backgrounds, and ability levels; our clinicians structured the sessions to involve all in attendance. Jim Self’s session centered on the idea of playing with the ear as a guide, focusing on learning songs by ear every day, memorizing music, and more. Mark Jenkins’ session dealt with the nuts and bolts of good practice habits/routines and included ideas on breathing/air usage, mouthpiece buzzing, accuracy through finger control and consistent articulations, and specific exercises that he uses in his own practice time. Both sessions were top of the line!
John Manning and Collegium Tubum
We also had our second Tubonium Mass Ensemble this year. The ensemble was made up of 60-plus members, again varying in both age and experience. The sounds were quite moving—literally; as I conducted this group, my podium was noticeably vibrating to the sounds that the ensemble emitted. What fun!
Jim Self in Rehearsal with Jimmy Hamilton (piano), Sean Greene (bass), and Paul Hill (drums)
High School All-Star Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble
Jerry Young in a Private Lesson
Ask the Experts Panel Discussion
Euphonium Solo Competition Finalists Donald Bruce, Anthony Carlson, and Jamie Lipton
Our “Ask the Experts” panel was made up of Mark Jenkins, Roger Lewis, John Manning, John Tuinstra, and Jerry Young. We had a very nice turnout for this session, during which many questions were presented to the panel members. Some of the highlights dealt with life in the military, practice strategies, and the plusses/minuses of our panel members’ work experiences. The diverse backgrounds of our panelists resulted in a balanced perspective to the questions presented. Thank you to our panel members for sharing their ideas with us!
As usual, our workshop included exhibitors. This year, Yamaha, the Woodwind and Brasswind, J.W. Pepper Music, the Music Mart, and Beautidel Music Press were present. It was great to have them there. If the traffic in their rooms was any indication, the attendees really enjoyed having them on board as well!
Jim Self Group Master Class
With our “Hands-On” approach in mind, Tubonium 4 also included the opportunity to take private lessons with some of our guest musicians. Special thanks to Sean Greene, Ralph Hepola, John Manning, Tim Olt, John Tuinstra, and Jerry Young for sharing their talents and insights with us!
In addition to these “Hands-On” experiences, there was much to keep our attendees busy throughout the workshop. This year, we held our second annual Tuba and Euphonium Solo Competition. Competitors played in a preliminary round on Thursday, March 16 th for adjudicators Sean Greene, John Manning, and Tim Olt. Four tuba players advanced to the final round—Josh Calkin, Daniel Clouse, Mark McGinnis, and T.J. Ricer. Three euphonium players advanced to the final round—Donald Bruce, Anthony Carlson, and Jamie Lipton. The final round was held on Saturday, March 18. The final round adjudicators were Mark Jenkins, John Manning, and Jim Self. One winner was picked for both tuba and euphonium—Daniel Clouse on tuba and Jamie Lipton on euphonium. Congratulations to our winners, finalists, and all who competed! Bravo!
Mark Jenkins Group Master Class
Mark Jenkins presented a clinic session about life in the service bands. His informative session dealt with auditions—both preparing for excerpts and sight-reading issues, as well as what a service band audition entails. He also spent some time discussing life in the military and what someone should know before they enter the service.
Jim Self presented a session titled “Jim Self at the Movies—a DVD Presentation.” At this session, Mr. Self spent some time talking about his life in the studio world as well as the tuba’s role in movie music. He then showed a DVD that highlighted some of his notable clips in movies such as Jurassic Park , Home Alone , Close Encounters of the Third Kind , and more. It was especially fun to watch and listen to these clips after seeing some of the music and hearing him play movie excerpts for us.
Mark Jenkins Service Band Clinic.
The High School All-Star Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble was especially terrific this year. The group was made up of 12 outstanding young musicians. The students came to the first rehearsal with their own parts well prepared, which of course meant that we could spend time in rehearsal on musical issues—what fun! The ensemble was lead by Paul Kile and Paul Budde and featured among other things John Stevens’ Dances with Mark Jenkins playing the solo part.
Our featured ensemble this year was Collegium Tubum from the University of Iowa under the direction of John Manning. This ensemble played marvelously and treated us to several arrangements by members of the ensemble. During the concert, the full ensemble performed, a student quartet was featured, and John Manning performed duets with student member Josh Calkin. Congratulations on this wonderful performance!
Tuba Solo Competition Finalists Daniel Clouse, Josh Calkins, Mark McGinnis, and T.J. Ricer
Of course we had solo recitals as well! Mark Jenkins (with Barbara Young on piano) performed on Saturday, March 18 th in a concert that featured both his polished lyrical style and his amazing technique. What a treat it was to hear him play! Jim Self played two recitals. The first concert was his “classical” concert on Friday, March 17. Barbara Young (piano), Paul Hill (percussion), John Tuinstra (tuba), Sean Greene (tuba), Ralph Hepola (tuba), and Tim Olt (tuba) accompanied Mr. Self in this recital, which featured original works and arrangements by Mr. Self. It was a special treat to hear his world premiere of Dozeandeeze. His second concert was a jazz combo with Jimmy Hamilton (piano), Sean Greene (bass), and Paul Hill (percussion). For me, the highlight of both of Mr. Self’s concerts was his beautiful silky tone. Thank you Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Self for sharing our wonderful music with all of us!
I am excited to begin planning for Tubonium 5 . Please visit our website at www.houseoflowaire.com for more information as it becomes available. I hope that you will join us next year!
Jim Self Rehearsal with Paul Hill, Sean Greene, Ralph Hepola, Tim Olt, and Paul Budde.jpg
A Busy Exhibitor Room