Legacy' disc commemorates 40th anniversary of TTTE

A compact disc commemorating the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble’s 40th anniversary has just been released.

Titled ‘Legacy,’ the recording was made last year by an all-star alumni ensemble, which presented the program at four different live performances, including one at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.

“The level of playing on this recording is phenomenal, which speaks not only to the great ability of these players, but [it] also speaks to Winston’s incredible impact as a teacher,” writes University of Georgia music professor David Zerkel, in a review for the International Tuba Euphonium Association Journal.

R. Winston Morris founded the TTTE in the fall of 1967 and still directs the group, which has toured extensively throughout the eastern United States and is the most recorded group of its kind in history.

The TTTE has been included on the Grammy Entry List for its various 24 studio recordings — the 25th of which is due for release in April — and is the only music group in the state to receive the prestigious Tennessee Board of Regents’ Academic Excellence and Quality Award.

'Legacy' is the result of a three-year process that indeed represents the legacy of the group and — in repertoire and performance — demonstrates the pinnacle of the TTTE’s efforts, Morris said.

“Pinnacle,” in fact, is the title of one of the nine specially commissioned songs on the recording, composed by TTU’s own Greg Danner. Another is “Refrains” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gunther Schuller, a 22-voice work with no doubling of parts.

Other composers represented on the disc include John Cheetham, Tony Plog, Adam Gorb, Martin Ellerby, Eric Ewazen, David N. Baker and TTU alumnus Aldo Rafael Forte.

“As Winston lined up his list of composers for this project, it is immediately evident that he has earned a great deal of respect in the world of music,” Zerkel writes. “The works on this CD are all composed by active, relevant composers with long lists of commissions pending. It speaks volumes about the energy and influence of one man to be behind the simultaneous creation of nine substantial works for one ensemble.”

Morris said he is proud of the recording too. “I take pride in the fact that this disc documents a 40-year endeavor,” he said.

Each copy of the CD costs $15 and can be purchased by logging on to TTU’s tuba web site at http://orgs.tntech.edu/tuba/index.html or from Mark Records by calling 716/759-2600, by faxing 716/759-2329 or by logging on to the web site

For more information about the CD, call Morris at 931/372-3168.

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