Tennessee Tech University trombone professor Joshua Hauser will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in TTU’s Wattenbarger Auditorium.
Hauser will perform on both alto and tenor trombone and as a composer. Joining him will be Paul Thurmond, piano, Jeremy Brown, tenor trombone, and Trombones at Tech: The Tennessee Tech Trombone Choir.
Three songs that will begin the program follow the theme of the passage of time: “Daybreak” by Italian trombonist and composer Nicola Ferro; “After Sunset” by Arthur Pryor; and Franz Strauss’ haunting “Nocturno.”
Next up will be Richard Peaslee’s jazz influenced “Arrows of Time,” written with the sound of the Stan Kenton band in mind, particularly the pyrotechnical solos of Frank Rosolino.
The concert will feature two pieces Hauser composed for the TTU Trombone Choir, “Grooves” and “Homage (for Ray).” Hauser wrote the latter in memory of his teacher, Raymond Premru, who performed and recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Frank Sinatra and others.
“Ray taught us that it was possible to be a jack of all trades and find your own path in music,” says Hauser. “His inspiration was an invaluable part of what made me the teacher and musician that I am today, and I think of him often when I am working with students.”
“I am delighted to share the stage for the final piece with a current student of mine, Jeremy Brown,” said Hauser of a work for trombone duo titled “Red Spain.” The piece incorporates both electronic music and rock elements.
Wattenbarger Auditorium is in the Bryan Fine Arts Building on the Tennessee Tech campus at 1150 N. Dixie Avenue.