This year's Octubafest presents 20 concerts through Oct. 31October might inspire thoughts of colorful falling leaves and crisp autumn breezes for many people, but at Tennessee Tech University, this month is all about the tubas and the euphoniums.
It’s time for the university’s annual Octubafest celebration, and this year’s event will present 20 programs by both guest artists and student performers during the week of Oct. 24 – 31.
The featured highlight of the celebration will be a concert at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building. It will team the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble with about two dozen college and professional guest tubists from all over the country, for a program entitled “Tubas of Mass Destruction.”
“This concert will close with all 50 or so tubas performing Gustav Holst’s ‘Mars,’ with a special video presentation that is guaranteed to rock your world!” said TTTE Director R. Winston Morris.
“This year’s Octubafest is just a monster production, with everything from student recitals to outstanding guest artists,” he added.
Other Octubafest events, which will take place in the Wattenbarger Auditorium unless otherwise noted and all of which are free and open to the public, include:
• On Sunday, Oct. 24, student tuba and euphonium recitals at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
• On Wednesday, Oct. 27, a student tuba recital by Josh Rose at 7 p.m. and a student euphonium recital by Aaron Marsee at 8:30.
• On Thursday, Oct. 28, a student recital featuring Kenji Kabi on tuba and Keith Kile on euphonium at 7:30 and a student tuba recital by Kyle Huron at 8:45.
• On Friday, Oct. 29, a student tuba recital by Jesse Chavez at 5 p.m. and a student euphonium recital by Clint Isbill at 6 p.m.
Friday’s Octubafest events will also include a concert at 8 p.m. by Norwegian tubist Oystein Baadsvik and special guest Jorgen Larsen on piano. The show is a Center Stage event.
• On Saturday, Oct. 30, student tuba recitals by Jacqueline Newton at 3 p.m. and John Visel at 4 p.m.
Also on Saturday, TTU alumnus and guest artist Bryce Edwards will present a euphonium recital at 5 p.m., and guest artists Jay Hunsberger on tuba and Gail Robertson on euphonium, accompanied by Alex Thio on piano, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m.
Following their recital, Hunsberger and Robertson will join the TTTE as featured soloists during the “Tubas of Mass Destruction” show.
• On Sunday, Oct. 31, a student recital featuring Jared Fletcher on tuba and Ben McMillan on euphonium at 1 p.m.
McMillan, the first ever recipient of the James Allen Garrett Memorial Scholarship Endowment Award, will also perform a euphonium solo in a 3 p.m. concert tribute on Sunday to the late TTU alumnus whose career in music education, composition and arrangement is internationally recognized. The tribute concert will also feature guest artists and former students of Garrett’s Tim Northcut on tuba and William Hunley on euphonium.
The Eutubia Quartet and Bassik Brass tuba trio will present a student recital at 5 p.m. on Sunday, and a performance by guest artist Northcut will follow at 7 p.m.
The event will close with a guest artist tuba recital by the Joe Murphy Jazz Quintet at 9 p.m. on Sunday at My Place, located just off Interstate 40 Exit 278 at 1300 Bunker Hill Road in Cookeville. Murphy is the assistant director of bands and tuba and euphonium instructor at Cumberland University and, as a soloist, he has been a finalist in the International Solo Competition held at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Austin, Texas.
For more information about the 2004 Octubafest, check out the TTU tuba and euphonium website at http://orgs.tntech.edu/tuba/index.html.