2019 US Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop Guest Artists:
Dr. Stacy Baker
Dr. Stacy Baker is Professor of Music - Tuba /Euphonium at Morehead State University (KY) where she was honored as the 2016-2017 Distinguished Creative Productions Award recipient and the 2014-2015 Distinguished Teacher. Originally from Harsens Island, MI, she received both her M.M. and B.M. degrees from the University of Michigan and holds a D.M.A. from the University of Illinois.
She enjoys an active performing career appearing as featured artist for the 32nd Annual Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival in 2017, and for numerous conferences hosted by the ITEA, IWBC, U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Tuba/Euphonium Workshop, International Euphonium Tuba Festival, and the Kentucky, Florida, and Michigan Music Educator’s Associations.
Dr. Baker has toured and recorded throughout the United States, Europe, and China as soloist, and as a founding member of SymbiosisDuo, the R.S.V.B. and JUNCTION tuba/euphonium quartets, the IWBC’s Monarch Brass, the Athena Brass Band and with the Lexington Brass Band and MSU’s Horizon Brass quintet. She has also performed with the Brass Band of Battle Creek, Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Her duo’s debut album, SymbiosisDuo, with euphoniumist Dr. Gail Robertson was selected as finalist for the ITEA’s 2010 Roger Bobo Award for Recording Excellence in Chamber Music. The duo’s second album, Playground was released in February 2015. In 2016, the R.S.V.B. Tuba/Euphonium Quartet released the album - Fanfare and Flourish: Celebrating Women Composers. Dr. Baker will appear as the featured tuba artist for the International Women’s Brass Conference at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ in May 2019.
Dr. Justin Benavidez
Dr. Justin Benavidez leads an active career as a performer and educator. He is the Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Florida State University and previously held a similar professorship at the Ithaca College School of Music. In the summers, Benavidez is the Tuba-Artist Faculty at the Round Top Festival Institute in Texas.
An acclaimed international solo artist, Benavidez has performed in venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. His debut solo album, EMBLEMS, was released to critical acclaim and won Silver Medals in the Classical Album and Instrumental Solo Album categories of the 2018 Global Music Awards. It features three tuba concerti by leading contemporary American composers Michael Daugherty, Bruce Broughton, and Donald Grantham. Grantham hails this album as "beautiful, sensitive, and completely convincing", and Daugherty lauds, "Wow - what a recording! Fantastic! Wonderful performances!"
Benavidez is a past winner of the prestigious Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, is a two-time prizewinner of the Leonard Falcone Festival Solo Tuba Competition, and has been a finalist and prizewinner at multiple international solo competitions. He was the first tubist to receive both the New Horizons Fellowship and the Orchestral Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival where he held the Principal Tuba chair in the Aspen Festival Orchestra. He was the distinguished recipient of the Horace H. Rackham Merit Fellowship for Doctoral Studies at the University of Michigan.
Benavidez is one of today’s leading educators. He has presented master classes and performed as a guest recitalist at several preeminent schools of music, workshops, conferences, and symposia. Notable invitations have included the University of Michigan, Indiana University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of North Texas, The United States Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop, the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, the Paris Conservatory of Music, the Lyon Conservatory of Music, the Bern University of the Arts, and multiple International Tuba Euphonium Conferences. Benavidez’s students have distinguished themselves through numerous accomplishments and awards, including prizes at the Leonard Falcone Festival, fellowships to summer music festivals, assistantships for graduate study, and performances with professional orchestras. Many former students lead successful careers as educators at the secondary level.
Benavidez is a B&S and Meinl Weston performing artist and clinician and proudly performs on his Meinl Weston 2182W F tuba.
Blake Birmingham is an American Euphoniumist, Composer, and Educator. Born in Houston Texas 1991, he grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma where he attended and graduated from Broken Arrow High School. After graduating high school, he returned to Texas where he attended and graduated from the University of North Texas. While at North Texas, he studied Euphonium Performance under the world famous Dr. Brian Bowman, and had additional studies with Patrick Nyren. While he was at North Texas, Blake performed and recorded with the North Texas Wind Symphony, and the North Texas Symphonic Band. In addition to his euphonium studies at North Texas, Blake was also involved in composition studies. He had the opportunity to work and study with composers Dr. Kirsten Broberg, and Bruce Broughton. Blake’s works have been performed throughout the United States, as well as on radio.
Blake has won, and placed in many solo competitions. Most recently, Blake was awarded 1st prize in the 2018 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition.
Blake performs regularly as a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and also stays busy as an active guest soloist.
Blake currently resides in the Dallas Fort/Worth metroplex, where he maintains a studio of over 60 private students.
Blake is a Buffet Crampon Besson Performing Artist.
Pianist, Caryl Worthington Conger, continues her passion for musical collaboration performing with artists throughout the U. S. and abroad. Although she is an active collaborator with all instruments, her special niche of interest has been her collaboration with low brass artists. These have included tubists, Patrick Sheridan, Oystein Baadsvik, Roger Bobo, Daniel Perantoni, Gene Pokorny, and Harvey Phillips, and euphoniumists, Brian Bowman, David Childs, Tormod Flaten, Adam Frey, Steven Mead, and David Thornton. She is pianist for the annual United States Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, the International Euphonium Tuba Festival, the National Trumpet Competition, and the International Womens Brass Conference, and makes frequent appearances at the International Tuba & Euphonium Conferences, both international and regional. She also has been a guest artist at the the International Horn Society and the International Trumpet Guild conferences. As a gift to the low brass repertoire she commissioned “Fantasy” by Daniel Crozier for tuba and piano and recorded it with Daniel Perantoni. Caryl studied at the University of Kentucky and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. For 15 years she was on the music faculty of Radford University in Virginia where she was Director of Accompanying and Director of the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition & Festival. In 2003 she retired and moved to the mountains outside Estes Park, Colorado, where she continues her free-lance collaborative work performing in many recitals each year. Caryl’s other musical interests include 4-hand piano and 2 piano repertoire, the art song repertoire, and new music. And then there are her dogs and her books!
SFC Lauren Curran
Sergeant First Class Lauren Curran grew up in Willis, Texas, and studied with Brian Bowman at the University of North Texas, earning a Master of Music degree in 2007 and a Bachelor of Music degree in 2005. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, she recorded extensively with the North Texas Wind Symphony, performed with the Dallas Wind Symphony and the Houston Symphonic Band, and was an active chamber musician and teacher in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. SFC Curran has traveled all around the United States with "The Musical Ambassadors of the Army," often featured as a soloist. After ten incredible years of touring, she has accepted a new job as Senior Producer for The U.S. Army Field Band. In her free time, SFC Curran enjoys cooking Cajun food, reading sci-fi and fantasy, and spending time with her two sons, Bo (5) & Calvin (2).
A1C William Dellinger
A1C William Dellinger is a tubist with the United States Air Force Band of Flight at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. A1C Dellinger was born and raised in Fairfax, VA, where he studied with Andrew Hitz and David Porter at George Mason University. After earning his BM in Music Education, he taught general music in grades K-5 for three years. During this time, he studied with Roger Behrend and David Brown and performed with the Northern Virginia Tuba Euphonium Quartet(NOVATEQ). While A1C Dellinger was with NOVATEQ, the placed first in the chamber ensemble competitions at both the Northeastern Tuba Euphonium Conference in 2017 and the Mid-Atlantic Tuba Euphonium Conference in 2018.
MU1 Bryce Edwards
Musician 1st Class Bryce Edwards, a native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., joined the Navy Band in 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Music in music education from Tennessee Technological University and a Master of Music in performance from Indiana University. He was the first euphoniumist to win each university’s concerto competition. He was also a contributing author to The Euphonium Source Book, the definitive guide for euphonium pedagogy.
Edwards is frequently a featured soloist with the Navy Band, having performed most recently at the 2009 Québec City International Festival of Military Bands. A member of the Tuba/Euphonium Quartet, he has also performed with the Navy Band Brass Quartet. His principle teachers are R. Winston Morris and Daniel Perantoni.
Edwards is currently serving as Concert Band stage crew chief. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, home improvement projects, running, cooking and video games.
COL Andrew Esch
Colonel Andrew Esch is a native of Fairfax, Virginia and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts degree in conducting from George Mason University. He began his Army career as a Quartermaster Officer serving first as a Platoon Leader and HHC Executive Officer in the 11th Transportation Battalion, Fort Story, Virginia, and then as a Staff Officer in the Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center during Operation Desert Storm.
Following Desert Storm, he left the Army to join The U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. as a French horn player. After three years as an instrumentalist Col. Esch returned to the U.S. Army as a commissioned band officer.
Since then, Col. Esch has served the Army across a broad spectrum of assignments most recently as 24th Commander of the US Military Academy Band at West Point, New York, the Army’s primary public engagement organization for New York City and the Northeast region. At West Point he and the band represented the Army with regular performances for FOX, NBC’s TODAY show and with internationally renowned groups such as the Morman Tabernacle Choir.
Col. Esch’s other assignments include: Commandant, U.S. Army School of Music, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Deputy Commander, The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own;” Commander of the US Army Europe Band & Chorus in Heidelberg Germany; Commander of U.S Continental Army Band, Fort Monroe, Virginia; Executive Officer & Ceremonial Officer of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own;” and Commander, Student Company, U.S. Army School of Music.
Dr. Kent Eshelman
Kent Eshelman is an Associate Professor of Music at Baylor University, where he has taught euphonium and tuba since 2009. He earned degrees in tuba performance from Michigan State University (DMA), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MM), and the University of Michigan (BM), as well as a degree in jazz piano from the University of Michigan (BFA). He is Principal Tubist of the Waco Symphony and has performed with the orchestras of Grand Rapids, San Antonio, and Toledo. As a soloist, he won first place in the Jeju (South Korea), Leonard Falcone, and Rich Matteson competitions among others, and he has premiered works by Bruce Broughton, Frank Lynn Payne, and Anthony Plog. His solo CD, Flavors, won the Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording, and the American Record Guide stated, "Tuba players are making fine recordings these days, but this one really stands out." Other recordings include a jazz tuba CD ("Life is Good"), a brass quintet CD ("Four American Stories" with Baylor Brass), and a boogie-woogie and stride piano CD ("In the Pocket"). Dr. Kent Eshelman lives in Waco, Texas, with his wife and musical collaborator, pianist Dr. In-Ja Eshelman, and their two sons.
Tubist Jake Fewx is an active student, teacher, and performer in the music community. Hailing from Sherwood, Oregon, Fewx is currently a Master of Musical Arts candidate at the Yale School of Music. Previously, Fewx earned a Master of Music degree from Yale University (2018) and a Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance from the University of Oregon (2016, magna cum laude) where he was recognized as the most outstanding performer of his class. An accomplished soloist, Fewx has earned awards and high praise for his playing at the state- wide, regional, and international level including prizes from several of the International Tuba Euphonium Association’s conference competitions. Most notably, Fewx was awarded first prize in the prestigious Leonard Falcone International Tuba Artist Solo Competition in 2018. In the spring of the same year, Fewx was selected as one of the winners of the Yale School of Music Woolsey Concerto Competition, the first tubist to ever receive the honor. In 2014, Fewx was awarded first prize in the Eugene Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition where he performed the J.N. Hummel Trumpet Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee with the Eugene Symphony later that year.
Fewx’s orchestral career has brought him around the country to collaborate with renowned groups such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Eugene Symphony, and the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For the 2015-16 season, Fewx held a one-year fellowship with the Orchestra Next ballet orchestra under the direction of Brian McWhorter. Fewx has performed with other notable groups such as the Mel Brown Jazz Orchestra, the Yale Faculty Brass Trio, and the Patriot Concert Brass of New York City. In his free time, Fewx enjoys traveling, collecting vinyl records, gaming, and spending time outdoors. His major teachers include Carol Jantsch, Michael Grose, and JáTtik Clark.
Dr. Adam Frey
Adam Frey travels the globe sharing his talents as a performer and advocate for live music. Adam has soloed with orchestras and bands the world over, including the world famous Boston Pops, Cheju Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), US Army Orchestra (Washington DC), Harvard Pops (MA), Fort Collins (CO), Indian Hill (MA), the Vaasa Symphony Orchestra (Finland), Atlanta Philharmonic (GA), Camerata Eleutheria (Argentina), Cascade (WA), Greensboro (NC), Clemson (SC), LaGrange (GA), Minot (ND), Bellevue Philharmonic (WA), and Northeastern (MA) Symphony Orchestras. He also performs regularly with wind bands and brass bands that have included Soli Brass in Holland, Point of Ayr in Wales, the National Youth Brass Band of Switzerland and wind bands from Singapore, Thailand, Brazil, South Korea, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Columbia, Peru, Australia, Russia, Finland, China, Germany, Hong Kong, and the United States.
Adam has been guest soloist at festivals around the globe, including four times at the Midwest Clinic (USA), the WASBE Convention (Singapore), Melbourne International Festival of Brass (Australia), Trombonanza (Argentina), Carlos Gomez Festival (Brazil), Jeju International Wind Festival (South Korea), Asia Pacific Band Directors Conference (South Korea), Westby Low Brass Workshop (Norway), Peru Low Brass Festival (Peru), Colombia Festubal (Colombia), Tubmania (Thailand), and Orquesta Latinoamericana de Vientos (Colombia) to name a few.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Adam Frey received his musical training at the University of Georgia, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the University of Salford. As a major ambassador of the euphonium, Adam has more than one hundred and twenty works that have been composed or specifically arranged for him. Most are published by Euphonium.com Publications or Absolute Brass.com.
For 16 years, Adam has hosted the International Euphonium Tuba (IET) Festival at Emory University. This event each June hosts more than 125 students and teachers from around the world in a week of playing, learning, and inspiration. Participants range from high school and college students to adult amateurs. More details at: www.IETFestival.com
Dr. Frey is Assistant Professor at the University of North Georgia. His website, www.euphonium.com, contains sound files, performance schedules, photos from his world travels, and his recordings and publications.
Adam Frey is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Guest Clinician
Dr. Joanna Ross Hersey
A native Vermonter, tuba and euphonium soloist Joanna Ross Hersey has produced two solo albums, O quam mirabilis (2010) and Zigzags (2015), featuring music by composers including Hildegard von Bingen and Libby Larson in combination with her own compositions. In collaboration with Parker Mouthpieces, Joanna has debuted the Hersey Artist Model Tuba Mouthpiece, featuring a three-component stainless steel design. Joanna is President of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and a Yamaha and Parker Mouthpiece Performing Artist.
As a member of the Alchemy Tuba-Euphonium Quartet, Joanna performs throughout North America and Europe and can be heard on the group’s recordings Village Dances (1997) and Prelude and Groove (2012). For fourteen years Alchemy has been in residence each February at the Horn-Tuba Workshop in Jever, Germany where the group performs recitals, gives master-classes and conducts ensembles. Joanna is tubist with the Seraph Brass, and together with Michael Parker, Joanna is part of the duo JAM: Joanna and Michael, who have just released their first CD, featuring tuba, euphonium, cimbasso, and electronics.
Joanna studied with Dan Perantoni at Arizona State University, received a Master of Music in Tuba Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music studying with Chester Schmitz, and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Tuba Performance from the Hartt School. As Principal Tubist with the United States Coast Guard Band, Joanna performed throughout the country as a soloist and clinician after winning the position at the age of nineteen. Joanna has played for three U.S. Presidents, performed at numerous state functions for visiting dignitaries, and has appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America. In her freelance career she has performed with artists including Placido Domingo, Roberta Flack, Marilyn Horne, Arlo Guthrie, Michael Bolton, Lee Greenwood, Arturo Sandoval and Jack Nicholson.
Joanna’s research interests focus on brass history and women in 20th Century American music, and her work has been published in the International Tuba Euphonium Journal, the International Women’s Brass Conference Newsletter, the Historic Brass Society Journal, the North Carolina Music Educator’s Journal and the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Joanna has also contributed chapters to three books, Bands of Sisters: U.S. Military Bands During World War II, Women’s Bands in America: Performing Music and Gender, and for 2019 release, An Early History of Music Education in Universities: The Normal School Years.
SGT Stuart Jackson
SGT Jackson enlisted in the Army in 2011. Upon completion of training, he was assigned to the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band at Fort Benning, GA where he performed with the band’s brass quintet and ceremonial ensemble. In 2014 he was reassigned to the 9th Army Band at Fort Wainwright, AK where, in addition to his euphonium playing duties, he was the lead singer with the unit’s rock band. SGT Jackson is currently assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division Band.
Throughout his career, SGT Jackson has earned many awards and decorations, including selection as an Honor Graduate at the Army’s Advanced Leader Course.
In his spare time, SGT Jackson enjoys baking bread, brewing beer, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
SSG Eric Jernigan
Staff Sergeant Eric Jernigan is a native of Moundsville, West Virginia. After his Junior year of high school in 2002, he joined the West Virginia Army National Guard and completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He received his Bachelors degree in Music Education from Youngstown State University in 2010 and his Masters Degree in Tuba Performance/Jazz Studies (Bass) from East Carolina University in 2012. He has studied Tuba with Tom McCaslin (Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra) and Dr. Brian Kiser (River City Brass). His assignments include the 249th Army Band (Charleston, West Virginia), the United States Army School of Music (Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Virginia) as a Basic Music Course Instructor for the Reserve Component in 2009, the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) Band (Fort Drum, New York), the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band (Fort Eustis, Virginia), and the United States Army School of Music (Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Virginia) where he has served as the Tuba Instructor since December 2016.
In 2014, Staff Sergeant Jernigan deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is the first Army Musician to earn the Silver Norwegian Foot March Badge after having successfully completed the 30-kilometer event four times. In his free time, he enjoys spending time
with his wife, Aly, and their two dogs, Maggie and Miles. His definition of success is “doing the very best that you can with what you have where you are now.”
Bente Illevold is from Rendalen in Østerdalen, and through the last few years she has marked herself as an innovative performer and has gained recognition for her performances of several new works for euphonium. In total, Bente has premiered seven works for the instrument, and she will record her first solo-album in the spring of 2019. She holds a master’s degree from the Norwegian Academy of music, and has her educational education from Barratt Due Institute of music. Illevold has perfomed with several of the Norwegian military bands, the Norwegian broadcasting orchestra and the Norwegian Opera orchestra. She is passionate about expanding the euphonium repertoire and letting the instrument unfold in new constellations and contexts. She works as a freelance musician and teaches euphonium from beginning level to higher education level. She has also performed solo recitals at several international festivals, both in Europe and USA.
MAJ Dae Kim
Major Dae Kim serves as an Associate Conductor with The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC. A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Kim is a graduate of Temple University, from which he holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Music, having studied conducting with Luis Biava, Arthur Chodoroff, and Timothy Oliver.
An accomplished clarinetist, Kim has performed under many noted conductors, including Christoph Eschenbach, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Leonard Slatkin. Solo and festival appearances include the Academy of Music, Aspen Music Festival, and the National Orchestral Institute. His principal teachers were Samuel Caviezel and Ronald Reuben.
Kim’s previous assignments include multiple deployments as Theater Music Liaison Officer, United States Army Central, Southwest Asia; Commander, the Army Ground Forces Band, Fort Bragg, N.C.; Staff Music Officer, Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.; Deputy Commander, United States Military Academy Band, West Point, N.Y.; and Executive Officer, the Army Ground Forces Band, Fort McPherson, Ga.
His military training includes the Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Ga., where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate; Basic Officer Leader Course, Fort Sill, Okla.; Army Band Officer Course, Little Creek, Va.; and the Captains Career Course, Little Creek, Va.
Kim’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster), the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Gold German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency.
Vince Kinney currently serves as the assistant director of bands and assistant professor a low brass at Drake University, or Where he directs low brass studies and conducts the Drake University Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and “Bulldog Brass” Pep Band.
Both as a soloist and member of the North Texas Euphonium Quartet, Vince has presented guest artist recitals and masterclasses at dozens of the finest universities and music conferences throughout the United States, including the United States Army Band to Tuba/Euphonium Workshop, the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Conference (TMEA), the Eastman School of Music, and the South Central, Midwest, and South East regional Tuba/Euphonium conferences hosted by the International Tuba/Euphonium Association.
SSgt Justis MacKenzie
Staff Sergeant Justis MacKenzie serves as a music arranger for the U.S. Air Force Bands. A native of Shreveport, Louisianna, SSgt MacKenzie grew up in an Air Force family before earning his Bachelor of Music degree (with Performer’s Certificate) in Tuba Performance from the Eastman School of Music in 2012. He then attended Rice University to earn his Master of Music degree and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2014. After leaving Rice, SSgt MacKenzie joined the musical stage phenomenon Blasts! on its 2014 Japan tour. SSgt MacKenzie has also performed with Broadway productions such as The Lion King, Jersey Boys, and Shrek the Musical, completing seven nationwide tours as well as international tours to Asia and Central America.
Peder MacLellan is Principal Tuba with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of British Columbia where he teaches low brass and coaches chamber ensembles. In the past, Peder has been principal tuba with the South Bend and Lafayette Symphony Orchestras, and was the Associate Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at Indiana University. Before moving to Vancouver, Peder maintained a successful career as a freelance musician in the U.S. and was an active studio musician in Indianapolis.
Peder has performed throughout Canada and the United States in various chamber music settings, symphony orchestras, wind ensembles, big bands and small group jazz ensembles. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from The University of Manitoba. Peder holds a Master’s Degree from Indiana University Bloomington and is in the process of completing a Doctorate.
GySgt Ryan McGeorge
Euphonium player Gunnery Sergeant Ryan McGeorge joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 2004. Gunnery Sgt. McGeorge began his musical instruction at age 8. Upon graduating in 1997 from Grossmont High School in El Cajon, Calif., he attended the University of North Texas in Denton where he studied under Brian Bowman earning a bachelor’s degree in music in 2004.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. McGeorge was featured as an euphonium soloist from 2001-2002 in the Tony and Emmy Award-winning Broadway production Blast!. In 2003, he placed first in the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition. He also was an active teacher and clinician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, performing regularly with the Dallas Wind Symphony.
In 2015, Gunnery Sgt. McGeorge performed “Carnival of Venice” by Jean-Baptiste Arban as a tour soloist with Master Sgt. Mark Jenkins.
MAJ J. Scott McKenzie
Major Scott McKenzie enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1999 and was assigned to the 82d Airborne Division Band, where he served as saxophone player, staff arranger, and NCOIC of the unit library. He earned his commission through Officer Candidate School and has since served at the Army School of Music, The U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Army TRADOC Band, The U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus, the 25th Infantry Division Band, and The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”
Major McKenzie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech and a Master of Music in composition from George Mason University where he was a student of Dr. Glenn Smith and Mark Camphouse. He previously studied music education and conducting at Old Dominion University and the Peabody Conservatory. Prior to enlisting in the Army, he taught band, chorus, and general music at the middle school level for four years.
Major McKenzie’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by ensembles from beginning first-year players to the finest musicians in the world, from a cappella voices to full symphony orchestra. He is a past winner of the Dallas Winds’ annual “Call for Fanfares” and is the only two-time winner of the Columbia Summer Winds Outdoor Composition Contest.
Major McKenzie is a graduate of the Adjutant General Basic Officer and Captains Career Courses, the Basic Band Officer Course, and the Command and General Staff Officer Course. His awards and decorations include four Meritorious Service Medals, the Parachutist Badge, the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), and the German parachutist badge.
Timothy J. Northcut
Timothy J. Northcut is presently Professor of Music, Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, he serves as coordinator of the brass chamber music program. In 1997, 2003 and 2010, Tim was awarded CCM’s Ernest N. Glover Outstanding Teacher Award. Also in 2003, he was awarded the University of Cincinnati Mrs. A. B. (Dolly) Cohen Award for Excellence in University Teaching and was recognized as one of Ohio’s Top 100 Educators in Ohio Magazine’s Excellence in Education Awards. From 1998-2001, he served as the Executive Director of the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, an international performance and career development seminar for brass musicians in conjunction with Summit Brass, America’s premiere large brass ensemble. In 2008, Tim served as artistic director and host of the 2008 International Tuba Euphonium Conference. Tim currently performs as Principal Tuba with the Dayton (Ohio) Philharmonic Orchestra and the Carillon Brass Quintet. He is a member of Summit Brass, Canterbury Brass and the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. His past experience includes serving as a member of the military’s premiere touring band—The United States Army Field Band (Washington, DC)—and numerous other solo and chamber music appearances. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University, a Master of Music degree in Performance from The Catholic University of America, and has completed coursework towards a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. Tim is proud of the guidance and tutelage provided by his teachers: James Garrett, R. Winston Morris, Harvey Phillips, David Fedderly, Warren Deck and Daniel Perantoni. Tim is a Buffet Group USA artist exclusively performing on B&S tubas.
SSG Patrick Nyren
Staff Sergeant Patrick J. Nyren is currently serving as the Euphonium Instructor at the United States Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He joined the US Army in 2013 after earning his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music Degrees in euphonium performance from the University of North Texas under the guidance of Dr. Brian L. Bowman. Previously, he received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education at the University of Southern Maine, where he began his college education at the early age of 16 and studied with Michael S. Milnarik.
Staff Sergeant Nyren has been very active as a performer for the last several years. Prior to beginning his career as an Army musician, he was a winner in the University of Southern Maine (2007) and University of North Texas (2011) Concerto Competitions, and has appeared at several festivals and conferences as a soloist and clinician throughout the United States. He has performed at the International Tuba Euphonium Conferences in Tucson, AZ (2010) and Bloomington, IN (2014), the Cosmopolitan Tuba Euphonium Workshop (2007-2010), the Blast of Brass Workshop (2012), the United States Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop (2015 and 2017), and several regional ITEA events throughout the United States. He has also had the pleasure of performing with the United States Army Field Band, Virginia Wind Symphony, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
As an avid supporter of new euphonium music, Nyren has commissioned multiple new pieces in the last few years; most recently, a new concerto for euphonium and orchestra by Howard J. Buss. The piece was premiered for euphonium and piano in March 2018 in recital at Columbus State University in Georgia. As a military musician, he has been a soloist and clinician throughout the country and internationally and has appeared at several universities, schools, and conferences as an ambassador of Army music. Staff Sergeant Nyren is a two-time recipient of the Colonel Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award.
Principal Tuba of the Cincinnati Symphony since 2016 and former Principal Tuba of the Seattle Symphony and Opera from 1999-2016, Christopher Olka has had a wide and varied career in music before coming to Cincinnati. His orchestral experience includes Principal Tuba of Gerard Schwarz’s All-Star orchestra, Seiji Ozawa’s Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra, Guest Principal Tuba with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and New Jersey Symphony.
Before becoming a full-time orchestra musician in 1999, Chris was an active freelance musician in New York where he performed with many brass quintets, Dixieland bands, and most of the major orchestras in the area while completing his Masters degree at The Juilliard School.
From 1989 to 1996 he was a staff musician for the Walt Disney World Company in Orlando, Florida, where is was a member of many of the bands there including the TUBAFOURS tuba quartet, the world’s only full-time professional tuba quartet.
An active soloist and advocate of solo tuba literature, Chris has performed across the world in recital and masterclass as well as soloing with orchestra windband and various other groups.
In 2006, Chris premiered and recorded the Samuel Jones Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra with the Seattle Symphony for the NAXOS Record Label. The concerto, which was written for him and commissioned by Sandra Crowder, received critical acclaim internationally for the premiere as well as recording.
Chris is proud to be an Eastman Winds Performing Artist.
SFC Daniel Ord
SFC Daniel Ord enlisted in the Army in 2007 and quickly was appointed to prestigious assignments within the band field. Within a year of joining, he was selected to be the euphonium instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA, where he taught incoming Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines as they entered the service bands. He was then assigned to the United States Army Europe Band in Sembach, Germany where he served as the Team Leader and trombone player for the award-winning ensemble "Kaiser Brass." He became a member of the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band in 2014.
Through his Army career, Ord has earned numerous awards including Distinguished Honor Graduate and the Distinguished Leadership Award at the Army Advanced Leader Course. He is also a two-time recipient of the Colonel Finley Hamilton award.
Ord enjoys cycling, practicing, and spending time with his wife, children, and two pups.
Dr. Jesse Orth
Dr. Jesse Orth is honored to return to his Midwestern roots with his recent appointment as instructor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches applied tuba and euphonium lessons, performs with the Northern Brass Quintet, directs the UNITUBA ensemble, teaches low brass techniques, and coaches chamber music ensembles. He recently moved from Texas, where he earned both his masters and doctorate in Tuba performance at the University of North Texas.
Dr. Orth has performed and taught across the country as well as abroad in Germany, Hungary, England, Ireland, Brazil, and Ghana. He recently performed a solo tuba recital and presented a lecture on Tuba playing in Mexican-American Regional Music at the 2018 Midwest regional ITEA conference. He also performed at and co-hosted the 2017 Great Plains ITEA conference as well as performing solo recitals at the 2015 South Central, Midwest, and Great Plains regional tuba euphonium conferences. As a chamber musician he has performed at the 2015 Great Plains conference with the Impact Brass Quintet and at the 2014 ITEC and the 2013 South Central Regional ITEA Conference with the Fat Bottomed Brass Tuba Euphonium Quartet. In 2011, Dr. Orth served as a guest artist and faculty member at the 2nd International Festival of Classical music in Piracicaba, Brazil with the UNT Center Brass Quintet, now the Impact Brass Quintet. Dr. Orth has previously held performance positions with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Dallas Civic Wind ensemble, the Metropolitan winds of Dallas, and the Chippewa Valley Symphony. In the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, under the direction of Eugene Corporon, Dr. Orth performed and recorded as principal tubist on multiple projects including the educational series, “Teaching Music through Performance in Band.”
In addition to performing actively on the tuba, Dr. Orth has been a significant contributor to multiple repertoire projects initiated by the International Tuba and Euphonium Association. In 2007, he assisted internationally renowned jazz artist Jon Sass on the Bassblowaz Club, part of the Creative Impulse series. Dr. Orth has earned degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (BA - music) and the University of North Texas (MM and DMA).
Dr. Benjamin Pierce
Dr. Benjamin Pierce is a member of the music faculty at the University of Arkansas, where he teaches a large tuba and euphonium studio. Pierce holds a bachelor’s degree in euphonium performance from Bowling Green State University, a master’s degree in euphonium performance from the University of Michigan, and a DMA in tuba performance, also from Michigan.
Pierce has performed as an orchestral tubist with such ensembles as the Detroit Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. He is a member of the acclaimed Brass Band of Battle Creek, with which he has performed on tuba, euphonium, and the English baritone. He is a founding member of Boston Mountain Brassworks, the University of Arkansas faculty brass quintet.
Apart from his work at the University, Pierce is focused as a soloist and clinician. He has performed recitals and master classes at countless venues across the United States and in countries such as Spain, Finland, and Japan. He has appeared as a soloist with such prestigious groups as the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the U.S. Air Force Band, the Tokyo Symphony, and the Oulu Symphony of Finland.
Pierce is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, and serves as Editor in Chief of the ITEA Journal.
Benjamin Pierce plays the F tuba 481 “Elektra” and the euphonium M5050 “Ambassador” Edition by Miraphone.
Dr. Ryan Robinson
Dr. Robinson joined the faculty of the Oklahoma State University Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music in 2018. He is currently the Principal Tuba of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) and Principal Tuba of the Lawton Philharmonic. Dr. Robinson also serves as host of the Buffet Crampon USA Tuba Euphonium Academy. Prior to his appointment at OSU, Dr. Robinson held teaching positions at Oklahoma City University, Tarleton State University, and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. His degrees are from the University of North Texas (BM, DMA) and Northwestern University (MM).
Dr. Robinson has been invited to perform at several international competitions, festivals, and conferences including the Brass im Frankenwald course and festival at Haus Marteau, Lichtenberg, Germany; Ticino Musica Festival in Lugano, Switzerland; the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival; the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute; and numerous International Tuba Euphonium Conferences.
Dr. Robinson enjoys a busy and diverse career as a professional tubist. As an orchestral tubist, he has performed with the Houston Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Symphony, Fort Smith Symphony (AR), Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Lawton Philharmonic (OK), Las Colinas Symphony (TX), Allen Philharmonic (TX), and the Blue Lake Festival Band (MI). As a chamber musician, he has performed with the faculty quintets of Oklahoma City University, the University of North Texas, and Tarleton State University. Additionally he is a founding member of the Founders Tuba Euphonium Quartet, Frontier Brass Band (OK), Bel Canto Brass Quintet, the Highland Brass Quintet, and the Fantasticos Tuba Euphonium Quartet.
Dr. Robinson is a B&S Artist.
Dr. Gail Robertson
Dr. Gail Robertson serves as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium/Jazz at the University of Central Arkansas where she also heads the Jazz area and conducts Jazz Ensemble I. She earned her B.A. from the University of Central Florida, a M.M. from Indiana University, and a D.M.A. as a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University studying with Phil Sinder and Ava Ordman. She has taught on the faculties of Eastern Michigan University, the University of Central Florida, Bethune-Cookman University, and the University of Florida. She was leader of the “Tubafours” at Walt Disney World, Orlando (1989-1999).
Robertson is Vice President/President Elect of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Leonard Falcone Festival and is Past President of the International Women’s Brass Conference. Gail was awarded the 2014 Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research. She has recorded with Dr. Stacy Baker (SYMBIOSISDUO) and The R.S.V.B. Quartet (Dr. Deanna Swoboda, Dr. Stacy Baker, and SFC Lauren Veronie-Curran). Dr. Robertson served together with Dr. Baker as Co-Instrumental Advisor/Co-Curriculum Designer for the Pro-Series Elite Practice Systems.Robertson has toured with Keith Brion’s “New Sousa Band,” the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Monarch Brass.
Gail is a recipient of Tau Beta Sigma’s “Outstanding Service to Music Award.” She has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and is principal euphonium with the Cleveland Orchestra/Blossom Festival Band. Gail is euphonium clinician for the American Band College and was the 2017 featured guest artist (with Stacy Baker) of the Leonard Falcone Festival. As a Willson Euphonium Artist, Robertson’s euphonium of choice is a Willson 2950TA with a bronze Warburton/Gail Robertson mouthpiece.
LTC Derrick N. Shaw
Lieutenant Colonel Derrick N. Shaw, a native of Atlanta, Georgia and third-generation Soldier, serves as the Deputy Commander of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC. His musical responsibilities include duties as Director of the Ceremonial Band, Herald Trumpets, and Army Strings. Prior to his arrival, he served as Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division Band, Fort Hood, Texas from 2014-‘16. Other previous assignments include: Commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band, Ft. Monroe, VA; Commander of the AIT Student Company of the Army School of Music, Deputy Commander of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York, Executive Officer of the Army Ground Forces Band, Fort McPherson, Georgia, and a prior tour in D.C. as Associate Bandmaster of The United States Army Band. In 2012, he deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to serve as the Army Bands Liaison Officer for U.S. Army Central (USARCENT) where he coordinated music for troop entertainment and international engagement in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, and the U.A.E.
He has led groups in performances for six Presidents, served as Officer-in-Charge for music in the State Funeral for President Ronald Reagan, and directed ensembles in other significant events and broadcasts such as the second inauguration of George W. Bush in 2005, the inauguration of Donald J. Trump in 2017, White House State Arrivals for several foreign leaders, a variety of military-to-military, public and cultural diplomatic events, numerous ceremonies and special events at all levels of military and government, the Pregame of Super Bowl XXXIX, the 104th Rose Bowl Game in 2018, ESPN College Game Day, and appearances in the NFL, NCAA, MLB, NASCAR, A&E, and PBS.
Shaw holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His primary conducting teachers are Thomas L. Dvorak, Dwight Satterwhite, and Albert Ligotti; and he was a tuba student of David M. Randolph. Also, he earned a Master of Arts in Statecraft and National Security from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C where he specialized in Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare and was named 2012 Class Valedictorian.
Prior to entering service in the Army in 1999, Shaw worked as a high school band director in the public schools of Georgia culminating with the position of Director of Bands at Dunwoody High School in metropolitan Atlanta.
Dr. Matthew Shipes
“Dr. Matthew Shipes is the Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Angelo State University, where he teaches the low brass studio, conducts the low brass ensemble, and teaches brass methods and music appreciation courses. In 2018 he was awarded a grant to create the first-ever ASU Low Brass Festival, bringing 30 students from the region to learn from guest artists and perform in a featured ensemble concert.
Before moving to San Angelo, Dr. Shipes served a similar role as Clinical Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Idaho, and was previously an adjunct professor at Georgia College & State University, Towson University, and Shepherd University. Matthew was also a member of The United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., where he had many opportunities to perform for former President Obama, several foreign leaders, and for hundreds of ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. During his time in D.C., he performed with the American Tuba Quartet, Brass of the Potomac, and other chamber groups like the Barclay Brass.
Dr. Shipes is currently an associate editor for the International Tuba Euphonium Association’s quarterly journal, and both writes articles for the journal and manages the Expert’s Excerpts recurring column.
Originally from Dallas, TX, Dr. Shipes received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University, a Master of Music degree in euphonium performance from the University of Arkansas, as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in tuba performance with a minor in trombone performance from the University of Georgia. During his graduate studies at Arkansas and Georgia, Matthew was an instructor for all levels of ear training courses for music majors.
In addition to winning and being a finalist for several international and national competitions on euphonium, tuba, and trombone, he has appeared as a guest artist and given world-premiere performances at events like the US Army Band’s Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, and both regional and international ITEA conferences.
CW2 Jac’kel R. Smalls
CW2 Jac’kel R. Smalls is a native of Goose Creek, SC. After graduating from Goose Creek High School, Mr. Smalls attended and graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Liberty University with a Masters in Business Administration.
CW2 Smalls entered the Army in July 2007. He completed basic training at Fort Jackson, SC and attended AIT at the U.S. Army School of Music at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, VA. His enlisted assignments include: the 2nd Infantry Division Band Uijongbu, Korea; the 392nd Army Band Fort Lee, VA; the 56th Army Band, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA and the 1st Armored Division Band, Fort Bliss, TX.
CW2 Smalls graduated from Warrant Officer Candidate School and the U.S. Army School of Music’s Army Warrant Officer Basic Course in 2014.He served as Commander of the 77th Army Band at Fort Sill OK from 2014 to 2016. He currently serves as Associate Conductor for the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”.
His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; the Army Good Conduct Medal, second award; the National Defense Service Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the NCO Professional Development ribbon, second award; and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
1LT Philip D. Tappan
First Lieutenant Philip D. Tappan hails from Saratoga Springs, NY, and has served in the U.S. Army Music program with The U.S. States Army Band (Fort Myer, VA), The 1st Cavalry Division Band (Fort Hood, TX), The U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Band (Bagram, Afghanistan), and The 2nd Infantry Division Band (Republic of Korea). He currently serves as an Associate Conductor of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and Officer-in-Charge of the Concert Band.
Tappan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition from Messiah College, Grantham, PA, a Bachelor of Music in Education and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the State University of NY at Fredonia.
He is a recipient of the Colonel Finley R. Hamilton Award for Outstanding Military Musicians and is a distinguished honor graduate from the Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA and the U.S. Army School of Music (AIT).
He has held engagements with the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, the Rocky Ridge Music Festival, the Hilman Opera, the SUNY Fredonia Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, Capitol Opera Harrisburg, the Trinity Episcopal Church Choir, the South Asia International School Association Music Festival (Kingdom Of Jordan), the Afghan National Institute of Music, and the Kabul University Music Department. Tappan is also active as a composer and arranger; his original stop animation film and score, ‘Old Boots,’ was recently performed by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Band, Fort Eustis, VA.
Prior to entering service in the U.S. Army, Tappan volunteered in the Republic of Georgia as a teacher in the city of Tbilisi public school system. He has also given young person’s lectures on American music at several U.S. Embassy “American Corner” locations around the country.
2019 US Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop Ensembles:
The American Tuba Quartet
The American Tuba Quartet was originally formed in 2015 as a premier, inter-service tuba and euphonium chamber ensemble. Its members, SSG Simon Wildman and SSG Hiram Diaz of The United States Marine Band “The President’s Own,” SSG Jeremy McBride of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and Dr. Matthew Shipes, Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Angelo State University, each champion these instruments by leading professional careers in performance and education, commissioning new solo and chamber works, as well as participating in concerts and outreach events around the nation.
The Quartet has performed at events like the United States Army Band’s Tuba and Euphonium Workshop, the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, TubaChristmas concerts in Ft. Smith and El Dorado Arkansas, as well as recitals and masterclasses around the country.
In 2016, the quartet commissioned a new work for the ensemble, Negative Space by Scott Ninmer, and later gave premiers at the U.S. Army Band’s Tuba and Euphonium Workshop, and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. The quartet also performs new arrangements and compositions by others such as selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker by SSG Wildman, and the winning piece of the 2016 U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Composition Competition, Quartet No. 4 “Dreams” by Yuji Ono.
Florida State University Tuba/Euphonium Octet
Renegade Eight, the Florida State University tuba/euphonium octet, is under the direction of Dr. Justin Benavidez. This ensemble maintains an active performance schedule across campus and at regional and international events. Renegade Eight was recently featured at the 2018 Southeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference. We are proud to be making our The United States Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop debut!
The George Mason University Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble
The George Mason University Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble has been in existence for over 12 years. It draws from a diversified student population of music majors, music minors, and non-majors. They have performed at four regional conferences and four international conferences as well as appearances on and off the local GMU campus. The group remains a front runner of the low brass department for recruiting students to enjoy and play chamber music and is led by GMU Adjunct Tuba Professor Dr. David Porter. GMUTEE will be presenting a program of imagination and history, taking listeners on a musical journey to illustrate the images of historical events through music. New compositions and arrangements done by GMU alumni and active students are featured as well as a euphonium solo with Justin Miller, a Masters in Euphonium student at GMU.
We are always interested in speaking with prospective music students. GMU has a wide variety of music degrees that can be tailored to fit each student’s needs. Please talk with one of us or email Professor John Kilkenny at.
The Tubafours began their career in 1989 at the Walt Disney World Company - Orlando, Florida. The founding members were: Stephen Carruthers (euphonium), Willie Clark (tuba), Gail Robertson (euphonium), and Bob Tucker (tuba). Other full-time members were: Mark Thiele(tuba), Chris Olka (Tuba), Carmen Russo (euphonium), and Patrick Glenn (tuba). This fine ensemble will come together again to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of its inception. Their years at Disney spanned 1989-1999 with a forty-hour work schedule that often included parades for “Aladdin,” “The Dinosaurs,” “Star Tours,” and “Star of the Day.” This performance is the group’s fourth at the army workshop (1997, 1989, 2000). Many of the members continue as successful musicians with prestigious military, university, and symphony careers and continue to entertain worldwide. Performing today are: Dr. Gail Robertson, euphonium, Carmen Russo, euphonium, Willie Clark, Tuba, Chris Olka, tuba, and Mark Thiele, tuba
The University of Central Arkansas Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble
The University of Central Arkansas Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble is led by Dr. Gail Robertson. The ensemble meets in the Fall and Spring semesters. Members are mostly music majors with just a few non-majors. Annual events are: Octubafest, Tubaween, Toad Suck Buck’s Octubafest, Low Brass Workshop, and the Spring Tuba-Euphonium Fling. We have hosted numerous guest artists such as: Dr. Stacy Baker, Willie Clark, Barbara York, Mary Erickson, Dr. Neal Corwell, Nick Keelan, Dr. Jerry Young, Dr. Barbara Young, Scott Watson, Danny Vinson, Terry Warburton, T.O. Sterrett, Dr. Gretchen Renshaw, Dr. Richard Demy, and Dr. Brian Bowman. Commissioned Works for the UCA Tuba-Euphonium Enseble: Shades of Purple-Barbara York(2015) Remembering the Future-T.O. Sterrett(2016).
The University of North Georgia Low Brass Collective
The UNG Low Brass Collective was founded in August 2016 with only 7 members. In 2 years, it has expanded to more than 25 members that includes music majors as well as a large number of non-music majors (including members of the Corp of Cadets at UNG and community members). The mission of the instrumentation seeks to combine all the low brass along with percussion. The group performs 10-14 concerts each year and they have appeared at major campus events including the Starlight Festival and Shantytown, as well as the OcTUBAfest, Tuba Christmas, Spring Euphoria events, and lunchtime concerts outside Hoag Student Center. The group performs a wide variety of original works, classical, jazz, funk and popular transcriptions. The ensemble appeared at the MidAtlantic Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference and has received two grants from UNG’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. Members of the ensemble regularly create new arrangements.
The US Army Concert Band
Providing a musical backdrop for many of the nation’s most notable events, The U.S. Army Concert Band has a worldwide reputation for extraordinary musicianship.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, The U.S. Army Concert Band has performed in concert venues such as Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Hollywood Bowl. The ensemble participates in ongoing, educational outreach and often appears at national and international music events, including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Music Educators National Convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the American Bandmasters Association.
During the summer months, the Concert Band performs outdoor concerts on the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol and at venues throughout the Washington, DC, area. Regular concerts are offered during the cooler months at The United States Army Band’s home, Brucker Hall, located on historic Fort Myer, in Arlington, Virginia.
In an effort to promote international goodwill, the 65-piece, traditional concert band has performed joint concerts with the Soviet Army, the Russian Navy, and the Ukrainian Navy bands, and has appeared in military tattoos in Scotland, Sweden, Holland, Norway, Australia, and Japan. The Concert Band’s 2011 and 2012 goodwill exchange concert tours with the Military Band of the PLA of China, entitled Friendship and Cooperation Through Music, is indicative of the importance these musical ambassadors play in matters of international diplomacy and outreach.
The musicians in this elite ensemble have been trained at some of the most prestigious music conservatories and universities in the country. Displaying their versatility, the Concert Band members perform a variety of styles, ranging from classical to popular. The communicative power of The U.S. Army Concert Band is greatly enhanced when combined with other musical elements of “Pershing’s Own.”
The US Army Orchestra
The U.S. Army Orchestra is the only ensemble of its kind in the U.S. Army. Its roster incorporates members of The U.S. Army Strings and The U.S. Army Concert Band, forming this ensemble of world-class musicians. The U.S. Army Orchestra has performed in such notable venues as Trinity Church Wall Street, New York; the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Alexandria, Virginia; The Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda, Maryland; the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, Maryland; and DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC. Since 2006, The U.S. Army Orchestra presents an annual DC-Metro Area Young Artist Competition through which the Orchestra strives to encourage and inspire young musicians to pursue musical excellence.
The US Army Tuba-Euphonium Quartet
The musicians of The U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Quartet come from some of the most prestigious music conservatories and universities in the country. The quartet performs a variety of musical genres from Bach to Louis Armstrong, featuring the technical virtuosity and beautiful sonorous sounds of low brass instruments.
Members of the United States Army Band support over 2,000 military funerals each year in Arlington National Cemetery. The band performs other missions of national and international importance including wreath laying ceremonies by heads of state and other foreign dignitaries at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, monthly retirement parades, special reviews, and arrival and departure honors for foreign dignitaries at the White House and Pentagon.
This quartet uses the unique instrumentation of three euphoniums and one tuba instead of the traditional two tubas and two euphoniums. The quartet performs regularly on the "Pershing’s Own" Chamber series and other chamber concerts throughout the D.C. and Northern Virginia area. The quartet especially enjoys educational outreach concerts and performs at middle schools, high schools, and universities whenever they can.