TTU celebrates Octubafest with nearly 20 concerts

thumb TubaEnsembleEvery year, dozens of tuba and euphonium students at Tennessee Tech University put on a series of concerts at the end of October, in a festival of concerts called Octubafest.

This year, Octubafest will pay tribute to several alumni who have joined professional musical groups since graduating from TTU.

The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble and guest euphonium soloist Adam Frey will play several pieces written or arranged by ensemble alumnus Benjamin McMillan, ’09. McMillan, of Cookeville, is pursuing his graduate studies at the University of Kansas.

“Ben is one of our outstanding composition graduates and we are delighted to feature his music along with our guest soloist, Adam Frey,” said Winston Morris, TTU tuba and euphonium professor and director of the Tuba Ensemble.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

The tuba ensemble is in its 46th year at Tennessee Tech. The internationally known ensemble has performed seven times at Carnegie Hall and has appeared at the Kennedy Center, in two World’s Fairs and as the subject of the documentary, Tuba U: Basso Profundo. The ensemble’s 26th recording project, “Magic Tubas,” was recently released by Mark Records of Buffalo, N.Y.

Kelly Thomas, ’97, will return to campus from Tucson, Ariz., where he is a euphonium professor at The University of Arizona. He will play with the Eufonix Quartet, which also includes Danny Helseth, a former member of the U.S. Air Force Band, Pat Stuckemeyer, owner of Just for Brass and Potenza Music and instructor at Arizona State University, and Aaron Tindall, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium at Ithaca College in New York. The quartet will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Internationally known tuba player Roland Szentpali, of Hungary, will come to TTU to perform some of his original works with pianist Piotr Wisniewski at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in Wattenbarger Auditorium. Szentpali has won first prize at seven international competitions and second prize at two others since 1998. He is recognized as one of the premier tuba players alive today. Wisniewski performs around the world and is an opera coach for the Indiana University Opera Theater. Their performance is sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage. All concerts are free and open to the public.

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