School of Music
Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble Recordings
The Tubas Unlimited Magic Tubas
Not since Rich Matteson and Harvey Phillips collabarated to create TUBAJAZZ, has there been such an earth shattering ensemble assembled. The Tubas Unlimited: Magic Tubas is a tribute to Gene Puerling, creator of The Singers Unlimited. Through Joe Murphy, Gene Puerling’s spirit and musical brilliance have been reincarnated in this CD. Each phrase is exact. Each dynamic is duplicated. Every note is purposeful. This IS The Singers Unlimited, right down to every breath, but with The Tubas Unlimited.
The internationally acclaimed Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble (TTTE) recently celebrated its 40th anniversary (2007). The Tennessee Tech group is the most recorded ensemble of its kind in the world (this special Christmas release is the 25th recording project by the ensemble), has toured throughout the eastern half of the United States for over 40 years, and is the only music group in the state of Tennessee to receive the Tennessee Board of Regents "TBR Academic Excellence and Quality Award." Since its inception in 1967, the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble has been responsible for the creation of hundreds of new compositions, has been listed on the Grammy Entry List for its recordings, and is the only tuba ensemble to have performed multiple concerts (eight) in New York 's famous Carnegie Recital Hall.
Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble & All That Jazz
This compilation of jazz tunes is extracted from the 3rd 4th, 5th and 6th complete LP recordings done by the TTTE. The Ensemble celebrated its 40th anniversary during the 2006/2007 academic year and we take tremendous pride in being able to reissue these recordings. The four original recordings, recorded between 1979 and 1986, are as follows: Title: The Tennessee Technological University Tuba Ensemble Recorded: Spring 1979, Derryberry Hall Auditorium, Tennessee Tech University, Title: LIVE!!! The Tennessee Technological University Tuba Ensemble Recorded: May 19, 1980; North Texas State University, Denton, TX, at the Second National Tuba-Emphonium (sic) Symposium-Workshop, 1980. Title: Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble and “All That Jazz” Recorded: May 25, 1985; Title: Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble presents Heavy Metal Recorded: May 24, 1986, both recorded at D.I.Y. Recording Studios, Hendersonville,TN.
The internationally acclaimed Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble celebrated its 40 th anniversary during the academic year 2006/2007. Over 200 former members of the TTTE were invited back to the Tennessee Tech campus to bring their horns and participate in a 40th Anniversary Reunion celebration. And this special 24-member All-Star Alumni Ensemble was organized and met on campus to record and present world-premiere performances of nine major new compositions by David Baker, John Cheetham, Gregory Danner, Martin Ellerby, Eric Ewazen, Aldo Rafael Forte, Adam Gorb, Tony Plog, and Gunther Schuller that were commissioned specifically for this event. Additional performances were presented by the ensemble in Chicago , Washington and New York at the world famous recital hall at Carnegie Hall. The ensemble's greatest legacy, however, lies in the nurturing of dozens of professional music teachers and tuba/euphonium performers who actively teach and perform throughout the world and other members who have pursued and excelled in many other professions.
(a.k.a. “The GOLDEN CREST YEARS - the CD”)
This Golden Crest TTTE compilation CD presents, with the exception of two jazz pieces ("Tribute to Duke Ellington" and "Nostalgia Medley", which simply would not fit on the CD) all of the tracks from the first two recordings ever done by the TTTE. The specifics for each of these two releases is as follows: Title: Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble Recorded: April 26, 1975, Derryberry Hall Auditorium, Tennessee Tech University; Title: Tenn Tech Tuba Ensemble Presents Their Carnegie Recital Hall Program Recorded March 15, 1976, Golden Crest Studios, Huntington Station, New York.
When the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble Golden Crest, LP: QCRS 4139 (SQ Quadrophonic recording) was recorded on April 26, 1975, by the late Clark Galehouse, it was the first commercially produced tuba ensemble recording devoted exclusively to the tuba ensemble. Since that initial TTTE recording, the ensemble has produced over 20 recordings between 1975 and 2007, making it certainly the most recorded tuba ensemble in history.
This compilation of compositions is extracted from three early release LP recordings done by the TTTE. The three original recordings, recorded between 1979 and 1986, are documented as follows: Title: The Tennessee Technological University Tuba Ensemble Recorded: Spring 1979, Derryberry Hall Auditorium, Tennessee TechUniversity; Title: LIVE!!! The Tennessee Technological University Tuba Ensemble Recorded: May 19, 1980, North Texas State University, Denton, TX, at the Second National Tuba-Emphonium (sic) Symposium-Workshop, 1980. Title: Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble presents Heavy Metal Recorded: May 24, 1986, D.I.Y. Recording Studios, Hendersonville, TN. These pieces represent a significant body of repertoire; all original compositions for the tuba/euphonium ensemble.