Tuba-Euphonium Workshop

2018 Artist Biographies

Dave Bandman

A native of Waukegan, IL, David is a graduate of The University of North Texas where he played trombone in the One O’Clock Lab Band. As a euphonium player he was the winner of the first ITEC international jazz euphonium competition. Currently, he is retired after twenty-four years of active duty with The United States Air Force Band, Washington D.C.

Since retiring he has been actively writing and recording music. He released his first jazz euphonium CD “Can I Play Too”, where he arranged the music of Herbert L. Clarke for solo euphonium and big band. “Solo work reflects musicianship by a truly great soloist!…tailored arraignments made everything “fit” perfectly and are superb… A very unique recording” - Sammy Nestico.

His second release, “Mendez”, is an entire album of original music inspired by the style and technical wizardry of Rafael Mendez. “From the outset, he wanted to create a recording that was a complete tour de force. This album is the perfect showcase for David’s incredible musicianship and unique skill set. All of the selections are scored for a solo euphonium accompanied by a seven-piece brass ensemble with percussion. Once again, he’s dancing on the fine line between inspirational and demoralizing… it’s that good.” This recording won the ITEA Roger Bobo award for recording excellence: Solo classical euphonium.

“Burn Notice” is his latest project. This is a high-energy jazz/rock/funk recording. “Nobody plays the euphonium like he can, and he’s always looking for ways to yank the instrument out of it’s usually nerdy pigeon hole and put it firmly in the spotlight where everyone least expects it. Bandman has, once again, liberally applied a large dose of his evil genius to his turbocharged, high-octance compositions. He wears even more hats than usual on this recording, putting his guitar, electric bass, and keyboard sequencing chips to work on all ten tracks. That’s in addition to composing and arranging all original music; recording and editing the entire album; playing all the trombone parts and, of course, providing us with superhuman euphonium solos.”

He has written extensively for the Big Apple Circus, the world traveled WWII big band show “In the Mood Live”, The Smokey Mountain Opry, Eric Jordan Young (Las Vegas Entertainer), and numerous other clients.

Barclay Brass

The Barclay Brass is comprised of some of Washington DC’s top brass musicians. Barclay Brass members perform with premier military bands, major symphony orchestras, and are in demand as freelancers all over the country. From the Pope to the President, members of The Barclay Brass have performed for some of the highest profile officials and ceremonies.

The Barclay Brass performs a wide variety of music, including custom arrangements by David J. Miller. We enjoy creating diverse programs - from patriotic and classical to ceremonial and seasonal - for audiences of all ages.

Barclay Brass have collaborated in concerts with Joy-Leilani Garbutt at Christ Lutheran Church in Washington, DC, Christopher Betts at Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda, Mark Willey at Spencerville Seventh Day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, and David Elliott at St. Mary Catholic Church in Alexandria. Other recent performances include Church of the Epiphany in Washington DC, The US Army Band’s 2017 Tuba Euphonium Workshop, and the 40th Anniversary celebration of Star Wars at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Dr. Brian Bowman

Characterized by a virtuosic technique and a warm, rich, velvet tone, Brian Bowman’s playing has thrilled audiences for more than a quarter of a century. His superb musicianship and dedication to fine brass playing have made him one of the foremost euphonium soloists in the world today. His history of euphonium “firsts” is impressive:

  • First euphonium recital in New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, 1976
  • First Euphoniumist to serve as president of the INTERNATIONAL TUBA AND EUPHONIUM ASSOCIATION (formerly Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association - T.U.B.A)
  • First euphonium concert tour of Japan
  • First Guest Euphonium Artist-Falcone International Euphonium Competition
  • First euphonium master class at the Paris Conservatory Superior of Music, France
  • Master teacher at the first Deutsche Tubaforum workshop to include the euphonium, tenor horn and baritone, Hammelburg, Germany, 1991

Dr. Brian L. Bowman enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, clinician, recording artist, educator and administrator. Dr. Bowman has held the principal euphonium position, in addition to being a featured soloist, in each of the bands he has been associated with: THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SYMPHONY BAND, THE UNITED STATES NAVY BAND, THE UNITED STATES BICENTENNIAL BAND, THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND and THE RIVER CITY BRASS BAND in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is in demand as a guest soloist with high school, university, municipal and professional ensembles. He has performed as a soloist in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, The Virgin Islands, Norway, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Hungary, Great Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, Tonga Taiwan, Thailand and the People’s Republic of China. He has appeared as tenor tubist with the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, and the Orchestra Symphonica of Xlapa, Mexico. He has performed concertos with the Lexington Kentucky Symphony, the Sapporo Japan, Symphony Orchestra the North Carolina Symphony and the Madison Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his live performances, Dr. Bowman can be heard on over 35 service band recordings and his six solo albums. He has appeared as featured soloist on Iowa Public Television with the Karl King Fort Dodge Municipal band and performed with the New Sousa Band in the Wolftrap PBS television special.

Perhaps it is his dedication to outstanding musical performance that makes him such an inspiring clinician and educator. Currently, Regent’s Professor of Music (Euphonium) in the College of Music at The University of North Texas, Dr. Bowman has also served on the music faculty of eight other universities. His students occupy prominent positions in professional organizations worldwide. He is the author of PRACTICAL HINTS FOR PLAYING THE EUPHONIUM/BARITONE HORN and he frequently publishes articles in professional journals. His edition of the ARBAN COMPLETE METHOD is the only complete bass clef edition of this famous brass method. His work as a clinician and soloist at such conferences as the Mid-West International Band & Orchestra Clinic, The British Association of Symphonic Bands & Wind Ensembles and many national and international brass symposia have won him international recognition. In 1989 he was awarded the British Magazines “EUPHONIUM PLAYER OF THE YEAR”, and in 1995 was given the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association. He is the only living euphoniumist to be included in the book TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRASS SOLOISTS by Michael Meckna.

As an authority in the field of euphonium performance, Brian Bowman has been asked to serve as adjudicator of many national and international euphonium competitions over the past thirty years. He has been a member of competition juries for international professional music competitions in the United States, France and Japan. He was the president of the TUBAMANIA euphonium solo competition in Australia in December 1999. In 1994, an annual competition in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, was named the Brian L. Bowman Euphonium Solo Competition in his honor.

Brian Bowman is a member of the SYMPHONIA Ensemble, a Tuba/Euphonium ensemble of professional players and teachers, which has performed throughout the United States and in Europe and recorded three compact discs with that group. He is the euphonium member of the SUMMIT BRASS ENSEMBLE, composed of the leading soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral players in the country. He is a regular artist faculty member of the RAFAEL MENDEZ BRASS INSTITUTE each summer. He has been the euphonium artist faculty member at the INTERNATIONAL TUBA-EUPHONIUM SUMMER WORKSHOP at the University of Oklahoma and the INTERNATIONAL EUPHONIUM INSTITUTE in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brian Bowman has contributed significantly to the field of euphonium instrument design and was instrumental in the development and success of the WILLSON euphonium, produced by the Willson Musical Instrument Company in Flums, Switzerland and distributed by GETZEN.. He has also been a frequent consultant for other musical instrument companies and has designed a special line of Brian Bowman euphonium mouthpieces distributed by DEG Music Products.

Dr. Bowman has contributed significantly to the body of literature available for euphonium performers today. Not only have composers written new works at Bowman’s specific request, but also many compositions have resulted merely from the composer being acquainted with Bowman and having heard his performance capabilities. Of seven new euphonium works commissioned by the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association since its inception in 1974, Bowman has premiered four. A major thrust of Bowman’s career has been working to generate quality new compositions for his beloved instrument.

Many of Dr. Bowman’s accomplishments and contributions have been documented in a doctoral dissertation, “The Life and Career Contributions of Brian L. Bowman through 1991,” written by Sharon Elise Huff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994.

Dr. Bowman believes that music is a most effective art form when used to communicate. To hear him or study with him is to know he is a powerful communicator and a master of that art form. Dr. Bowman’s current and future projects include: performing solo/clinic/teaching tours throughout the world; creating CD recordings of all levels of literature for euphonium; commissioning and inspiring composers to write for the euphonium; and working to create performance, teaching and research opportunities for future generations of euphoniumists.

SSG Chris Buckley

SSG Christopher Buckley joined The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in 2011. He grew up in a large family on the South Texas border. While in Texas he competed in several international euphonium solo competitions, including the Leonard Falcone International Solo Competition where he won 1st place in 2009. While at the University of North Texas he played in many professional ensembles including the Dallas Wind Symphony, Lone Star Wind Ensemble, and the Dallas Civic Wind Ensemble. He also performs on tuba and trombone in many jazz ensembles. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife Leah where they are constantly searching for Mexican food as good as the food in Texas. They live with two crazy cats named Oscar and Battle Cat.

Dr. Danny Chapa

Dr. Danny Chapa finished his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas and currently severs as the adjunct professor of low brass at Stephen F. Austin State University. Dr. Chapa is also a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, principal trombonist of the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the North Texas Euphonium Quartet which frequently preforms guest artists recitals throughout the country.

Dr. Chris Combest

Dr. Chris Combest is Assistant Professor of Tuba at Middle Tennessee State University where he teaches tuba, music theory, coaches chamber music ensembles, and performs with the MTSU Faculty Brass Quintet. A board member of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium-Tuba Competition, Dr. Combest held teaching positions at the University of Texas-San Antonio, Southern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prior to joining the faculty at MTSU in 2016.

Principal Tubist with the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra and former tubist with the Louisville Orchestra, Dr. Combest has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony, Ash Lawn Opera, Tulsa Opera-Ballet, Chattanooga Symphony, Huntsville Symphony Erie Philharmonic and various artists including film composer John Williams, Audra McDonald and the Canadian Brass. He appears on recordings for National Public Radio, the BBC, Disney and can also be heard on the Polyphonic and Albany music labels. Dr. Combest has served on judging panels for international solo competitions including the Leonard Falcone Competition and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference Solo Competition. He has performed at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference (2016, 2014, 2012) and the U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Washington, D.C. (2011) and is a Life Member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association where he is Competitions Chair and an Associate Editor for the ITEA Journal.

Chris Combest is a Buffet Group Performing Artist for Melton Meinl Weston instruments.

Gil Corella

For the past 27 years, Dr. Gilbert Corella has been an active performer in the D.C. metropolitan area. He began his 25-year career with The United States Air Force Band in 1985, performing as a guest soloist and conductor. Gil is currently the tuba-euphonium professor at George Washington University and music director for the Loudoun Symphonic Winds. He also serves as Executive Director of the Serapis Foundation. In his spare time he is a communications specialist for the federal government.

MU3 Benjamin DeAngelis

Benjamin DeAngelis graduated from the University of North Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in music performance. While there, he studied with Dr. Marc Dickman. From 2013-2015, he was an elementary school music teacher with Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, FL. In 2015, he auditioned for the U.S. Navy Fleet Bands and subsequently enlisted as a musician. Benjamin is currently stationed in Norfolk, VA and performs in the U.S. Fleet Forces Band’s Brass Quintet, Ceremonial Band, and Wind Ensemble.

SSgt. Hiram Diaz

Euphonium player Staff Sergeant Hiram Diaz joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in January 2012. Staff Sgt. Diaz began his musical instruction at age 12. He graduated in 2003 from the New World School of the Arts in Miami and continued his education at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2007. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, where he studies with euphonium professor Brian Bowman. His instructors also included Timothy Northcut of CCM and Jay Bertolet, former principal tuba with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Diaz was a member of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band (283d Army Band) in Ft. Benning, Ga.

In 2016, he performed Tom Davoren’s Ascension with trumpet/cornet player Gunnery Sgt. Amy McCabe as featured soloists on the national concert tour.

Tormod Flaten

Tormod Flaten is an international Besson artist and solo euphonium player with the Royal Norwegian Naval Forces’ Band. With his three solo recordings, numerous appearances at major international festivals and his passion for developing new repertoire, Tormod has established himself as one of today’s most exciting voices of the euphonium.

Tormod performed live on radio and television and has appeared as a soloist in the US, Korea, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Finland.

Tormod studied euphonium with Kim Lofthouse and Grethe Tonheim at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen. His two exam recitals were historic, being the first Norwegian brass player to gain the highest possible mark 1.0 on both occasions.

In 2014 Tormod Flaten won the audition for the highly sought-after solo euphonium position with the Royal Norwegian Naval Forces \0x0301 Band in Bergen. He taught euphonium at the Grieg Academy and served on the board of directors for the International Tuba Euphonium Association.

Tormod played with leading Norwegian brass band Eikanger-Bjorsvik for 13 years and he is a founding member and principal euphonium player of Bjorsvik Brass. As a conductor Tormod has worked extensively with several of the top wind and brass bands in Norway. He led Sandvikens Ungdomskorps to victory in 2011 when they were crowned as Norwegian Wind Band Champions.

Tormod is an experienced adjudicator having appeared at numerous band, solo and ensemble competitions in Norway and internationally. He also runs the publishing company Fundamental Music, with music for euphonium. Tormod Flaten is an artist for Buffet Crampon Group and plays a Besson Prestige BE2052 euphonium.

Die Bas(S)tion Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble - Heeresmusikkorps Koblenz, Germany

The extraordinary ensemble consists of two euphonium (optional bass trumpet), two F-Tuba, one B-tuba and one percussionist. With a sonorous and elegant typical German brass sound, the professional musicians take on a wide range of music styles, producing their own arrangements to create a new brass-sound.

  • SFC Alexander Felz, Tuba (Supervisor)
  • SFC Christian Wagenbach, Euphonium
  • MSG Bernd Friedmann, Euphonium
  • MSG Stefan Hallebach, Tuba
  • SFC Patrick Winter, Tuba
  • MSG Thomas Wuenschel, Drums/Percussion

Derek Fenstermacher

DEREK FENSTERMACHER is Co-Principal Tubist with the New Jersey Symphony and Albany Symphony Orchestras, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, among others. An enthusiastic teacher, Derek teaches orchestral tuba at Bard College’s Conservatory of Music, and is also Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Montclair State University. In 2008 Derek won the Leonard Falcone Artist Solo Tuba Competition, one of the premier tuba solo competitions in the world. An avid chamber musician, Derek co-founded the Boreas Quartet, an exciting new ensemble featuring some of the brightest up and coming musicians. He is also the newest member of Sotto Voce Quartet, the world’s premiere tuba/euphonium quartet, and will be touring nationally with the ensemble. Derek Fenstermacher is a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist and performs on B&S tubas. Learn more about Derek Fenstermacher at

First Infantry Division Tuba-Euphonium Quartet

Staff Sergeant David Winslow is primarily a trombone player from Mechanicsville, Maryland. Prior to his joining the army bands in 2008, he completed his Masters of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, with high lights including performing with the One O’Clock Lab Band in Thailand, recording 5 CD’s with the band and winning the Jazz Trombone Competition at the ETW in 2001. His duty stations include the Quantico Marine Band from 1993-1997, TRADOC Band at Ft. Monroe, 1st Armored Division Band at Ft. Bliss, The Army Ground Forces Band at Ft. Bragg and now the 1st Infantry Division Band at Ft. Riley.

Sergeant Ryan Scott, tuba player from Orlando, Florida. Prior to joining the army bands in 2004, he completed his Masters of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, and the New World Symphony. His duty stations include the TRADOC Band at Ft. Monroe, 76th Army Band in Germany, the Army School of Music at Little Creek JEB Little Creek-Ft Story, the 77th Army Band at Ft. Sill, and now the 1st Infantry Division Band at Ft. Riley.

Sergeant Tristan Calabrese, tuba player from Kelso, Washington. He joined the army bands in 2007 and has performed with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the Starkenburg Philharmoniker and soloed on tour with the USAREUR Band & Chorus. He has served with The Army Ground Forces Command Band at Ft. Bragg, The U.S. Army Europe Band & Chorus in Germany and the 1st Infantry Division Band at Ft. Riley.

Specialist Raul Alonso, euphonium player from Miami, Florida. Prior to the army he attended Miami Dade College. He joined the 13th Army Band of the Florida National Guard, then transferred to active duty in 2016 and has been stationed with the 1st Infantry Division Band at Ft. Riley.

SSG Chase Garner

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Staff Sergeant Chase Garner earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Alabama, where he studied with Mike Dunn and Dr. Demondrae Thurman. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band in 2016, SSG Garner taught elementary music for eight years at Britt Elementary in Snellville, Georgia. He has won numerous solo competitions and awards including the Alabama Symphony Concerto Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs National Brass Division, and the Leonard Falcone Young Artist International Tuba Competition. When not performing with the Concert Band, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Katie, and his two young daughters.

James Madison University Brass Band

The JMU Brass Band is one of only a few collegiate brass bands in the United States. Formed in the Fall of 2000, the band has twice been named the North American Brass Band Association 1st Section Champion (2004, 2005) and was the 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2016 NABBA Championship Section Runner-up. The group maintains an active performance schedule throughout the academic year, performing regularly both on and off campus. The band was a featured ensemble at the 2006 Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, Kentucky and both the 2004 and 2014 Virginia Music Educators Conference in Norfolk, Virginia. In the summer of 2008, the ensemble embarked on a concert tour of England and Wales sharing the stage with many outstanding bands including the No. 1 ranked brass band in the world, Cory Band. In 2009, the group became the first brass band to perform a full length concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Always interested in showcasing new repertoire, the band has given the North American premiere of a number of major works for brass band. The band is regularly ranked in the top 150 brass bands worldwide according to World of Brass/British Bandsman rankings.

The ensemble has been host to a number of guest artists including Steven Mead, euphonium; Sheona White, tenor horn; Vince DiMartino, trumpet; Allen Vizzutti, trumpet; Katrina Marzella, baritone; Richard Sebring, horn; Colin Williams, trombone; Chris Gekker, trumpet; David Childs, euphonium; Les Neish, tuba; Brett Baker, trombone; Glenn van Looy, euphonium; David Thornton, euphonium and Carol Jantsch, tuba. In the summer of 2012, the JMU Brass Band was one of three featured brass bands performing at the 2012 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Linz, Austria. The band was also recognized in The Royal College of Music (RNCM) Brass Band Festival in Manchester, England in the winter of 2017, alongside prestigious bands such as the Cory Band and Black Dyke. The JMU Brass Band is the first brass band from the United States to be invited to the festival.

Master Sgt. Mark Jenkins

Euphonium player Master Sergeant Mark Jenkins “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 2002. He was appointed principal and section leader in 2012. Master Sgt. Jenkins began his musical instruction at age 11. He graduated in 1996 from Durango High School in Las Vegas and continued his education at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he studied euphonium performance with Brian Bowman and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2003. He earned a master of music degree from the University of Maryland in College Park in 2006 and is currently pursuing his doctorate from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Sgt. Jenkins was a two-time winner of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition, and a finalist in the 2001 ITEC Euphonium Solo Competition in Finland.

In 2005, Master Sgt. Jenkins performed as a founding member of the Marine Band Tuba-Euphonium Quartet at the U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Arlington, Va., and the Potomac Festival’s International Tuba and Euphonium Competition in Fairfax, Va. In 2006, the same ensemble performed at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference (ITEC) in Denver, Colo. He has performed as a guest soloist/clinician for the Southwest Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, the International Euphonium Institute at Emory University in Atlanta, and the Tubonium4 at Adolphus Gustavus College in St. Peter, Minn. The quartet was also featured at the Leonard Falcone Competition 2007 and ITEC 2008 in Cincinnati. Master Sgt. Jenkins has performed several solos with the Marine Band including the Fantasia di Concerto by Eduardo Boccalari, “Auld Lang Syne” by Simone Mantia, as a 2010 and 2012 tour soloist performing Vladimir Cosma’s Euphonium Concerto, and as a 2015 tour soloist with Gunnery Sgt. Ryan McGeorge on Jean-Baptiste Arban’s “Carnival of Venice.” In addition to his musical duties, Master Sgt. Jenkins serves as a crowd educator for the Friday Evening Parades held during the summer at Marine Barracks Washington.

Dr. Alex Lapins

Alexander Lapins is Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Tennessee School of Music, teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and is tubist of the UT Faculty Brass Quintet and Quintasonic Brass. He was previously on faculty at Northern Arizona University, Indiana State University and the University of Indianapolis. A diverse artist, Dr. Lapins is an enthusiast of early music, has taught classes on the history of rock music, and is the only tubist to have won fellowships at both the Tanglewood Music Center and the Henry Mancini Institute. He has been a featured soloist with a variety of bands and orchestras, and has performed with the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Disney Collegiate All-Star Band, the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, the New Sousa Band and Harvey Phillips’ Tubacompany.

As a session musician Dr. Lapins can be heard on hundreds of recordings for a wide variety of productions and publications. In Flagstaff and then Knoxville, Dr. Lapins hosted the 2011 Southwest Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference and the 2016 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference. He has presented clinics at schools and conferences throughout the United States and abroad. Originally from northern Virginia, he has performed in Europe, South America, Asia and throughout the United States, and earned degrees from James Madison University, the University of Michigan and Indiana University. His principal teachers include Daniel Perantoni, Fritz Kaenzig, Kevin Stees, Tony Kniffen and Mike Bunn. Alexander Lapins is a Miraphone Artist.

MU2 Gregory Lopes

Musician Second Class Gregory Lopes is a Euphonium player in the United States Navy Bands, currently stationed with Navy Band Great Lakes. During his undergraduate education he studied Euphonium at Westfield State University, in Westfield, MA, where he was a student of Timothy Atherton. He pursued additional study and performed in masterclasses with Dr. Earle Louder and Jason Ham. He has performed frequently as a Euphonium soloist and freelance musician throughout New England.

After being accepted into the Navy Music Program, MU2 Lopes began his career as a military musician in June 2009. He has been stationed with Navy Band Northwest, Naval Forces Europe Band, and Navy Band Great Lakes. During his career he has performed for audiences and dignitaries in more than 12 countries, and has appeared as a soloist with The Medalist Concert Band, Peninsula Trombone Choir, Navy Band Northwest, and Navy Band Great Lakes.

TSgt. Erik Lundquist

Technical Sgt. Erik Lundquist is a euphoniumist with the Ceremonial Brass, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. A native of Jamestown, New York, he joined the Air Force in 2016.

A 2014 graduate of the University of North Texas, Lundquist earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Performance. In 2016, he received a Master of Music degree in Performance from the University of North Texas. His teachers include Dr. Brian L. Bowman, Dr. Jamie Lipton, and Rick Lundquist.

During his time in Texas, Lundquist won the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Association Mock Euphonium Audition and took second place in the Falcone International Tuba Euphonium Competition the same year. Also in 2016, he was named Outstanding Graduate Student in Brass. His professional affiliations include the International Tuba Euphonium Association and the International Women’s Brass Conference.

SrA Justis MacKenzie

Senior Airman Justis MacKenzie is the Tuba player in the United States Air Force Band of Flight, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, SrA MacKenzie grew up in an Air Force family before earning his Bachelor of Music degree (with Performer’s Certificate) from the Eastman School of Music. SrA MacKenzie then attended Rice University to earn his Masters of Music degree and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2014.

After leaving Rice, he joined the musical stage phenomenon Blast! on its 2014 Japan tour. SrA MacKenzie has also performed with such Broadway productions as The Lion King and Shrek the Musical, completing seven nationwide tours as well as international tours to Asia and Central America. In 2015, SrA MacKenzie joined the USAF Band of Flight and plays tuba in the brass quintet, Wright Brass. In addition to doubling on trombone and as a vocalist, he serves as the resident music arranger for all ensembles.

Dr. David McLemore

Dr. David McLemore is the professor of tuba and euphonium at Central Washington University and principal tubist with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra. Prior to these appointments David served as an adjunct instructor of music at Young Harris College and performed as a substitute tubist with the Yakima Symphony, Macon Symphony, Valdosta Symphony, and Georgia Symphony. At CWU, his teaching duties include courses in low brass methods, history of rock, and music theory, as well as directing the CWU tuba-euphonium ensemble and performing with the CWU faculty brass quintet. David also regularly performs outreach concerts with the Yakima Symphony brass quintet.

Natsumi Minobe

Natsumi has studied at the Kunitachi College of Music graduating first in her class. She has studied with Dr. Mitsuru Saito, Prof. Toru Miura, Kyohei Ando, and Masanori Fukuda. Natsumi won First Place in The 32nd Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival Euphonium Artist Competition in August 2017.

Kazuhiro Nakamura

A native of Kyoto Japan, Kazuhiro Nakamura started to play the tuba at the age of 12, when he was in junior high school and received his bachelor of music degree from Osaka College of Music.

He completed his college studies with Shigeo Takesada, principal tubist of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, also studied with Roger Bobo upon his move to Japan.

In 2001, he got 1st prize of brass division of “Great Wall International Music Competition” by Chinese Music Association.

He plays extra with numerous organizations including Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto International Music Festival Orchestra, Kyoto Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, Izumi Sinfonietta, Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band, and others.

He was selected as tubist of Asian Youth Orchestra where he performed from 2004~2007. He has been a guest artist at every ITEC since 2010, and also performed at Tubamania 2013(Bangkok) and NERTEC 2013 and 2015(Ithaca College). He had a masterclass at Peabody Institute, Gettysburg College and Mozarteum University.

In addition to his performance work, he conducts bands ranging from the elementary level to community groups. His arrangement pieces for Euphonium Tuba Ensemble were published from Potenza Music. He served as instructor of tuba and ensemble at Osaka College of Music, and now, he is freelance player, famous clinician, arranger for tuba ensemble, organizer for music event and translator for brass musician who come to Japan.

Michael Nickens

Serving as Director of Campus Life Ensembles and Collaborative Arts, and as an associate professor of music, Michael W. Nickens (aka Doc Nix) is most recognized as the leader of the “Green Machine,” which in 2015 was named the #1 pep band in college basketball by the NCAA and commended by the Senate and House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, Nickens launched Mason’s fife and drum corps and WGI world champion drumline, and oversees Mason’s winter guard. This collection of performing units, known as the “Green Machine Ensembles,” are internationally known for their thrilling, high-energy performances at Mason ceremonies and basketball games, professional sports games and events (Washington Capitals, Nationals, Wizards, and Redskins), community events (Celebrate Fairfax and the Nike Women’s Half Marathon), and marching competitions, as well as their popular internet videos that have been viewed more than 100 million times.

Nickens was named the 2016 Faculty Member of the Year by the George Mason University Alumni Association. He served as a faculty representative to the Board of Visitors, chair of the faculty of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), chair of the CVPA Diversity Committee, and as a member of the School of Music’s Graduate Committee. In 2017, he received the Earle C. Williams Medal for Excellence in Social Impact.

Since he joined the faculty of Mason’s School of Music in fall 2006, he has taught courses in sight-singing/ ear training, popular music in America, improvisatory music, brass methods, applied tuba, composition, chamber music, and jazz improvisation, as well as collaborations with Mason’s School of Dance. In addition, he was a co-founder and co-conductor of the Colonial Athletic Association’s “Breakfast with the Bands” intercollegiate pep band showcase.

During summers, he has taught tuba and euphonium, conducting, jazz performance, composition, improvisation, chamber music, large ensemble performance, and theory at the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania; the Music, Art, and Theatre Camp in Evanston, Wyoming; and the Northern Arizona University Music Camp in Flagstaff, Arizona, and taught at Mason’s Potomac Arts Academy. He has also coached a professional marching ensemble, “Mix It Up,” at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia

Nickens was named the 2016 Faculty Member of the Year by the George Mason University Alumni Association. He served as a faculty representative to the Board of Visitors, chair of the faculty of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), chair of the CVPA Diversity Committee, and as a member of the School of Music’s Graduate, Undergraduate Curriculum, and Scholarship Committees.

Since he joined the faculty of Mason’s School of Music in fall 2006, he has taught courses in sight-singing/ ear training, popular music in America, improvisatory music, brass methods, applied tuba, composition, chamber music, and jazz improvisation, as well as collaborations with Mason’s School of Dance. In addition, he was a co-founder and co-conductor of the Colonial Athletic Association’s “Breakfast with the Bands” intercollegiate pep band showcase.

During summers, he has taught tuba and euphonium, conducting, jazz performance, composition, improvisation, chamber music, large ensemble performance, and theory at the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania; the Music, Art, and Theatre Camp in Evanston, Wyoming; and the Northern Arizona University Music Camp in Flagstaff, Arizona, and taught at Mason’s Potomac Arts Academy. He has also coached a professional marching ensemble, “Mix It Up,” at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Nickens was born in Washington, D.C., and attended Fairfax County Public Schools in Alexandria, Virginia. He completed his academic degrees at the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, and the University of Michigan.

Osaka Tuba-Euphonium Consortium

The Osaka Tuba Euphonium Ensemble is one of the most exiting ensembles of its kind in Japan. The group originates from the Osaka College of Music Tuba Euphonium Ensemble which performed at ITEC 2012 in Austria, growing out of an exciting performance of “A Song for Japan” that took place there. The current group consists of college students from around world and young professional artist. In 2014 and 2016, they invited again, and programs include Mr. Nakamura’s new arrangements for their performance for ITEC. They look forward to sharing their music with audience.

Dr. Gail Robertson

Dr. Gail Robertson serves as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium/Jazz at the University of Central Arkansas where she is tubist in the Pinnacle Brass and teaches the Jazz Ensemble II. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Central Florida and a M.M. in Euphonium Performance from Indiana University while serving as graduate assistant to Harvey Phillips. She postponed her doctoral studies at the University of Maryland with Dr. Brian Bowman to perform with the “Tubafours” at Walt Disney World, Orlando where she served as musical supervisor/chief arranger and produced a highly acclaimed CD, “Tubas Under the Boardwalk.” She has recently completed her D.M.A. as a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University studying with Phil Sinder, Ava Ordman, and Ricardo Lorenz. She has taught on the faculties of Eastern Michigan University, the University of Central Florida, Bethune-Cookman University, the University of Florida, and remains active as a teacher, adjudicator, composer, arranger and free-lance artist, both nationally and internationally.

Robertson was recently elected Vice President/President Elect of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA) and she will begin her six-year term on July 1, 2017. She is currently the Chair/Chief Editor of the International Tuba and Euphonium Press, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Leonard Falcone Tuba and Euphonium Festival, the ITEA, and the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC). She has served as President of the IWBC and as a conference host in 2010 and 2006. She has also served as Euphonium and Membership Coordinator of the ITEA and was the featured artist on the cover of the ITEA Journal (Vol. 38:1, Fall 2010). Two of Gail’s original works have also been featured Gems in the ITEA Journal (Jazz Encounter No. 1 - Gem Series No. 22, Vol. 38:1, Fall 2010, and Allegro et Andantango - Gem Series No. 33, Vol. 41:3, Spring 2014).

In 2015, Gail served as the Euphonium Clinician for the American Band College in Ashland, Oregon. She was awarded the 2014 Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research for her research manuscript, “Restoring the Euphonium’s Legacy as Cello of the Wind Band.” Her original work for brass quintet, Tower Guard Tribute, was awarded honorable mention by the 2014 International Alliance for Women in Music’s Patsy Lu competition. In May 2009, Gail recorded a new CD with Dr. Stacy Baker, Alex Thio, and Dr. Deb Eastwood, called “SymbiosisDuo.” SYMBIOSISDUO released their second CD, “Playground,” in February 2015. Several of the works recorded by the duo were newly commissioned works written especially for the duo, including Composers: Franz Cibulka, Jim Self, James Grant, Christopher Marshall, Brian Balmages, Chris Sharp, Kimberly Archer, T.O. Sterrett, and Phillip Bimstein. In 2007, Gail received Tau Beta Sigma’s highest honor, the “Outstanding Service to Music Award.” Gail has also been a clinician for the MIDWEST Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the Florida Music Educators Association, the Michigan Music Conference, and numerous ITEA, IWBC, and United States Army Tuba and Euphonium Conferences. Recently, In December 2016, Gail was District 6 jazz clinician/artist for Harrison School District. Dr. Robertson has acted as euphonium clinician for the American Band College (Ashland, OR) and DIxie Band Camp (Conway, AR).

Dr. Gail Robertson served together with Dr. Stacy Baker as Co-Instrumental Advisor and Co-Curriculum Designer for the Pro-Series Elite Practice Systems for Tuba and Euphonium providing all exercises, instruction, and quartet arrangements as well as performing as on-screen talent alongside some of their students for the revolutionary pedagogical series of 10 DVDs for tuba and 10 DVDs for euphonium. The project was fully funded and released by American Product Group, LLC (2013), along with similar series for each of the wind instruments. Gail has published articles, reviews, and compositions for the online magazine, Bandworld, and the International Tuba Euphonium Association ITEA Journal.

Gail Robertson has toured the U.S., Europe, China, and Japan with Keith Brion’s “New Sousa Band,” the Brass Band of Battle Creek, the Monarch Brass, the Athena Brass Band, and the Brass Band of Central Florida. She has also performed as a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall with Jay Gephart, Director, and Purdue University’s Wind Ensemble, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the River City Brass Band, Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band, Euphoniums Unlimited, Symphonia, the Orlando based “Horns and Pipes” Brass and Percussion Ensemble, and SYMBIOSISDUO. In April 2016, Dr. Robertson was tenor tubist for the Sarasota Orchestra/Sarasota Ballet performance of Balanchine’s “Stars and Stripes.” Her published works and arrangements are available through GAR MUSIC,, and Tuba-Euphonium Press. As a Willson Euphonium Artist, Robertson’s euphonium of choice is a Willson 2950TA with a bronze Warburton/Gail Robertson mouthpiece.

Mike Roylance

Mike Roylance is Principal Tuba with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he occupies the Margaret and William C. Rousseau chair. At Rollins College, in Winter Park, Fla., Roylance served on the faculty conducting the brass ensemble and directing the Pep Band. Roylance was also the professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Central Florida.

After relocating to Chicago, Roylance performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He also served as the principal tubist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for the 2001-02 season. Prior to that, Roylance spent 15 years as a freelance musician and teacher in Orlando, Fla. He performed on tuba and electric bass in a wide genre of ensembles such as orchestras, chamber groups, Dixieland bands, big bands, and Broadway shows. He was a member of Walt Disney World’s “Future Corps” and principal tubist with the Walt Disney World Orchestra. Roylance was also a member of Rosie O’Grady’s Dixie-Land Jazz Band.

His career also includes performances in Europe and Japan. While in Japan, he performed as a soloist and taught masterclasses. His European performances have included the Classical Festival Orchestra in Vienna, Austria, and with the Sam Rivers Rivbea Jazz Orchestra in Portugal.

Attended University of Miami; B.A., Rollins College. Studies with former BSO Tubist Chester Schmitz, as well as former University of Miami professor Connie Weldon, James Jenkins (Jacksonville Symphony), Bob Tucci (Bavarian State Opera), Gene Pokorny (Chicago Symphony), and Floyd Cooley (San Francisco Symphony, retired).

Dr. Phil Sinder

Philip Sinder is professor of tuba and euphonium at the Michigan State University College of Music. His students are found in performance and teaching positions throughout the United States, and have won awards in numerous performance competitions. Sinder has performed with many leading ensembles, including the Detroit Symphony, Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, and Houston Symphony. He is a founding member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and also performs frequently with the Lansing Symphony, Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Beaumont Brass Quintet of MSU. His solo tuba recording, “Aerodynamics”, has received strong critical acclaim, and he has performed on over 20 large ensemble and brass quintet recordings.

In 2009, Sinder was the recipient of the Withrow Excellence in Teaching Award at Michigan State University, and in 2017 he received the International Tuba Euphonium Association Excellence in Teaching Award. He currently serves as chairman for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, and since 2005 has been a Valade Teaching Fellow at the Interlochen Arts Camp. Sinder earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music degree from Wichita State University.

SSgt. John Storey

John Storey is a UK military euphonium player based in London and the South East, currently serving with The Band of the Royal Logistic Corps. After becoming a member of his first band at the age of eight, he joined the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain at 16 before reaching the brass final of BBC Young musician of the year in 1996. John went on to study music at the University of Huddersfield under the guidance of the late Geoffrey Whitham. During this time he also joined the James Shepherd Versatile Brass. After graduating, John joined the Band of the Coldstream Guards as Principal Euphonium. Throughout his time in the band John was privileged to play at many traditional state occasions such as Trooping of the Colour and the Festival of remembrance. He has also performed at many prestigious Royal occasions.

SGT Justin Stowe

SGT Justin Stowe is a member of the 282nd Army Band in Fort Jackson, SC. Prior to active duty, SGT Stowe served in the Army National Guard for ten years. SGT Stowe taught public school and community college for five years in the states of Oregon and Georgia and served as a graduate assistant at the Universities of Arkansas and Oregon. While teaching, SGT Stowe maintained an active freelance career, performing with the Arkansas Philharmonic, the Eugene Symphony, Orchestra NeXT, and the Savannah Philharmonic. He was also a semi-finalist at the Leonard Falcone Festival in 2010 and 2011. He earned degrees from the University of Georgia and the University of Arkansas, and is completing a degree at the University of Oregon. His primary teachers were Dave Zerkel, Benjamin Pierce, Gerald Sloan, and Michael Grose.

Dr. Deanna Swoboda

Dr. Deanna Swoboda is Associate Professor of Music at Arizona State University where she teaches tuba and euphonium, entrepreneurship, and chamber music. She has enjoyed a vibrant career as performer, educator, and entrepreneur. As a performer Deanna played tuba with the internationally recognized Dallas Brass and Western Brass Quintet. Prior to her appointment at Arizona State University, she served on the faculty at Western Michigan University and University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is creator and performer of a band recruitment program/DVD, entitled “Band Blast Off.” Deanna has performed hundreds of concerts and presentations around the US, supporting and enhancing public school music programs. As a recording artist, her CD’s include Deanna’s Wonderland (Summit), Shamanic Journey (Potenza), Games for Brass (Summit), and Table for Three (Summit), Fanfare and Flourish (Potenza). She is a Past President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association and is an Eastman Music Company tuba artist.

Bob Tucci

Robert “Bob” Tucci once indicated that he had the good fortune of being able to look back on sixty years of a life with and for the tuba, his first love. Serious study began in 1955 as a student of Harold Mc Donald, tubist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1952-1983. This continued in 1958, with Arnold Jacobs in Chicago. To this day he remains ,a student of Arnold Jacobs”.

In 1960 and due to a recommendation by Mr. Jacobs he became a member of the Louisville Orchestra, continuing studies at the School of Music of the University of Louisville. In 1962 he relocated to Vienna, became first a member of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, later tubist of the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Within a few short months he moved from an American orchestra famous for its Commissioning Series, to premiere and record twentieth century music by living composers, to one of great centers of traditional European culture and music. The young tuba player who once had a concert band audience smiling when he missed the opening note of the R. Strauss Concerto No. 1 for Horn found himself looking at Herbert von Karajan, Karl Boehm, Paul Kletzki, Josef Krips, George Solti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Mehta along with many others.

From 1966-69 he served with the United States Army Field Band, played most of the 1969-70 season with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and returned to Europe thereafter. In 1971 he joined the orchestra of the State Theatre in Kassel, followed in 1972 by a position at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

Munich and the Bavarian State Opera became his home. Over the years he performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Hamburg Opera and Philharmonic, the State Orchestra of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Symphony Orchestra of the South German Radio in Stuttgart, the orchestras in Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Chemnitz, Augsburg, Ulm, Regensburg, Innsbruck, Zurich, the Salzburg Festival, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, the Orchestra of the Arena di Verona, at La Scala in Milan, the Orchestra Nationale Santa Cecilia, the Cleveland Orchestra along with studio recording, brass quintets and ensembles including the Canadian Brass, Summit Brass and the Munich’s Blechschaden. He always said that he had much for which to be grateful.

Wolfgang Sawallisch and Zubin Mehta went on to become General Music Directors of the Bavarian State Opera, from 1972-93 and 1996 to 2006 respectively. During the 1985-86 season the Bavarian State Opera presented all thirteen of Richard Wagner’s operas, four complete “Ring” cycles included, as well as all twenty-three operas, eighty-six performances, and most of the symphonic music by Richard Strauss. Bob once referred to Wolfgang Sawallisch as his “General Music Director for Life”.

Bob Tucci enjoys close cooperation with leading manufacturers, to develop brass wind instruments and mouthpieces, lines that have become the equipment choice for thousands of musicians worldwide.

Bob never felt that being a tuba player in some of Europe’s finest orchestras was something special. In Germany alone there are over one hundred full-time professional orchestras, each with a tuba player, some with two. There are countless other American musicians who have or had similar careers in Europe. Arnold Jacobs often referred to his chair in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as “The Best Seat in the House”. That is how Bob felt, having the opportunity to listen to great orchestral string sections, unique instrumental artists and in particular, to most of the great vocal artists of the second half of the twentieth century. For someone who grew up in a Western Pennsylvania coal-mining town, that was truly “The Best Seat in the House”.

Dr. Beth Wiese

A native of Davenport, Iowa, tubist Bethany Wiese currently serves as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Appalachian State University. Ms. Wiese has been named the winner of several recent competitions, including the International ‘Citta di Porcia Brass Competition (Italy), the Musician’s Club of Women Scholarship Competition (Chicago) and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Scholarship Competition (Chicago). Dr. Wiese has also participated in several summer festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and Aspen Music Festival. Additionally, she spent two years as a fellow of the New World Symphony.

Leading a diverse performance career, Dr. Wiese has performed with a wide variety of orchestras and chamber groups including the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (Denmark), Macao Orchestra, Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, American Brass Quintet, American Wind Symphony, Lakes Area Music Festival (MN) and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She has received a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Northwestern University, Master of Music from Yale University and Bachelor of Music from Lawrence University.

Evan Zegiel

Evan is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Performance and Chamber Music at the University of Michigan. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Tuba Performance from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) and a Minor in Writing from the Sweetland Center for Writing. His primary teachers include Fritz Kaenzig, Toby Hanks, and Dan Satterwhite.

Evan most recently won the Tuba Artist Division of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium-Tuba Festival competitions in August of 2017. He won Second Prize in the 2016 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference’s (ITEC) Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestral Audition competition. He was also featured as a soloist with the University of Michigan Euphonium-Tuba Ensemble as part of the Celluloid Tubas Show, conducted by Todd Fiegel, at the 2016 ITEC. He is a substitute for the New World Symphony Orchestra, and is on call as a substitute for multiple regional orchestras in the southeast Michigan area. Evan performed with the Chautauqua Institution Music School Festival Orchestra for the summers of 2015 and 2016. During the summer of 2013, he won the Tuba Student division of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium-Tuba Festival competitions. Evan was also a featured soloist with the U.S. Air Force Band in February of 2012, after winning the Colonel George S. Howard Young Artist Competition earlier that year.

Evan’s compositions and arrangements have been included on programs by the U-M Euphonium-Tuba Ensemble, various chamber music concerts at the U-M SMTD, and at American Music Concerts presented by the Epsilon Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, of which he is a Past President. Evan shares his poems at readings in the Ann Arbor area, and some of his poems are published or forthcoming in magazines and journals such as Solos, Thistle, and The Human Touch. He is the vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the band House of Hummingbirds, which released its first EP in January 2017, followed by a full-length album in September 2017, both of which are available for free on More about Evan and his work can be found at

David Zerkel

David Zerkel is Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Georgia, leading an active career as both a performer and educator. Before his arrival at UGA, he taught in a similar position at Illinois State University. His students have distinguished themselves by winning international and national competitions and attaining positions with professional performing organizations.

David has performed with many orchestras, to include the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. He is a member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, was a founding member of the Washington Symphonic Brass and has performed with the Burning River Brass. He began his performing career as a member of the United States Army Field Band and The United States Army Band, both located in Washington, D.C.

David has performed as a featured soloist at many workshops and symposia, including the Leonard Falcone Festival, several International Tuba Euphonium Conferences, and the United States Army Band Tuba Conference. In addition, he has performed as a solo recitalist at many of the leading colleges and conservatories in the United States. His first solo CD, American Music for Tuba: Something Old, Something New, was selected as the recipient of the inaugural ITEA Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording at the 2006 ITEC in Denver, Colorado. His subsequent CD, Tuba Helper, was a Bobo finalist in 2008.

David’s students have enjoyed numerous musical and professional successes. Currently, each premiere military band in Washington DC has an alumni of the UGA Tuba Euphonium Studio among its’ ranks. He has had multiple winners in the Leonard Falcone Competition, the solo competition of the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, and the national Music Teachers National Association solo competition. Alumni from the studio have performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Many others are leading successful teaching careers at the secondary and post-secondary level.

David is a former President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association.