TTU Tuba Ensemble wins entry into initial phase of Grammy selections

The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble is the first such student group in history to be included on the prestigious Grammy Entry List.

Its latest recording, Carnegie VI, was submitted and accepted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to be included on the organization’s Grammy Entry List.

“Although the recording didn’t make it to the second phase, which is an actual Grammy nomination, it’s still a very big accomplishment for a student ensemble recording on a small record label to make it to even the initial phase of the Grammy selection process,” said TTTE Director R. Winston Morris.

“That still means the quality of this CD recording has been recognized and accepted by the committee responsible for Grammy nomination eligibility — and that’s an honor never heretofore bestowed upon any student tuba group,” he continued.

The TTTE is the most recorded tuba ensemble in history and the only such group to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall. It’s latest recording, released on the Mark Records label, documents its unprecedented sixth performance at the famous venue.

Among the works included on the CD are Handel’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba,” Vivaldi’s “Winter,” and Thelonius Monk’s “’Round Midnight.”

The recording was included on this year’s Grammy Entry List in two categories — Best Small Ensemble Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical.

In addition, the CD’s producer, Mark J. Morette, made the list under the Producer of the Year category.

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

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