Tennessee Tech University’s Tuba Ensemble, along with active alumni, will celebrate its 45th anniversary on Friday, Nov. 4.
The performance will conclude TTU's annual Octubafest, a series of concerts and performances in celebration of the instruments of the tuba family.
Founded in 1967 by R. Winston Morris, who directs the group today, the ensemble has more than 20 student members. Over the years, the group has made 25 recordings, seven appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York City and two World's Fair performances. It has composed and arranged more music for th tuba than any other single entity.
During Friday's performance, The Tubas Unlimited, a group of eight ensemble alumni who have gone on to teach at other universities and play in several military bands, will take the stage. During the first week of November, they will record the latest ensemble-affiliated project, playing popular songs by the Beatles and others.
Morris is regarded as the leading authority on literature for the tuba, was one of the founding fathers of the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association, and has been acknowledged worldwide as the major authority on the development of the tuba ensemble. He was awarded the 2003 Tennessee Tech University Caplenor Research Award, the most prestigious award presented annually to TTU faculty.
The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts building on the TTU campus. It is free and open to the public.
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Appalachian Center for Craft
Joan Derryberry Art Gallery
The Appalachian Center for Craft is located six miles off Highway 56 (Interstate 40, Exit 273) near Smithville. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The Joan Derryberry Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Roaden University Center and is open to the public from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Backdoor Playhouse is located in Jere Whitson Memorial Building. For more information, call 372-6595. Unless noted otherwise, all concerts are free and take place in the Bryan Fine Arts Building. The concert schedule is subject to change. For more information, call 372-3161.