Tubas, Tubas Everywhere...TTU's Music and Art Department Sponsors Six-Day Tubafest

It's October when leaves begin to don their colorful hues, and the feel of autumn is in the air, along with the melodious sounds of trumpets. Once again, it's Tubafest time at Tennessee Tech - Oct. 26-31.

The event, held annually since 1975, will include a variety of performances by students, faculty and guest tubists all week, culminating in the "Tubaween" concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, featuring haunting pieces including a work entitled "Beast," by Greg Danner, chairman of the department of music and art. Other works will include the "Bach Toccata" and "Fugue in D Minor." Also, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day, the Tu-ba-4 Quartet and Euphonium Quartet will perform at the Cookeville Depot.

The Tubafest schedule includes the following programs:

Sunday, Oct. 26 -- Senior Benjamin P. Keen will present a euphonium recital, accompanied by pianist Sandra Robbins, and will perform works by Amilcare Ponchielli and Philip Sparke. Bryce Edwards will also perform a euphonium piece entitled "Softly, As I Leave You." Randy Gouge, guitarist, will present the piece "Once Upon a Dream." This program will begin at 5 p.m. The Tu-ba-4 Quartet and the Tubaphonium Quartet will present tuba/euphonium chamber music including trios, quartets and octets at 7 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 27 -- Senior tuba player Michael Happenny will present works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rolf Wilhelm and Roger Kellaway at 7 p.m. He will be assisted by pianist Sandra Robbins. The tuba/euphonium students will perform solo pieces designed to challenge their musical progress at 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 28 -- Senior euphonium student Ashley Sample, assisted by pianist Joy Rachor, will present works at 7:30 p.m. by Thom Ritter George, John Ernest Galliard, Hiroshi Hoshina and Jan Bach. Tuba/euphonium students will present a variety of solo performances at 8:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29 -- Senior tuba student Andrew Lynn will present works at 7 p.m. by Benedetto Marcello, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Rolf Wilhelm and will be assisted by pianist Sandra Robbins. "An Evening with Joe Murphy and Friends" at 8:30 p.m. will feature former Tennessee Tech student Murphy performing solo tuba works and music with the Cumberland Arts Brass Ensemble and other musicians.

Thursday, Oct. 30 -- Former Tennessee Tech tuba professor David Saygers will perform a tuba recital including works by Bach, Walter Hartley and Eric Ewazen. The tuba/euphonium students of Tennessee Tech will perform more solo pieces at 8:45 p.m.

All programs are free and open to the public and will be held in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

For more information, call Winston Morris, professor of music at Tennessee Tech, at 372-3168.

Photo cutline -- The 1997 Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble. Bottom row from left: Gray Bach, Trent Bowden, Jason Martinez, Corey Belvin, Philomen Nelson. Middle row from left: R. Winston Morris, director, Josh Trent, Bryce Edwards, Jonathan Fagan, Zack Buersmeyer. Top row from left: Sean Mays, Andrew Lynn, Chris Roush, Will Johnson, Michael Happenny, Scott Beaver, Ben Keen, Ashley Sample and Justin Henderson.