School of Music
Dr. Preston Light
Office: Bryan Fine Arts Building 218
Tuba & Euphonium Studio
Celebrating over 55 years in existence, the award-winning Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble is one of, if not the most successful performing collegiate ensembles in history. Documented as the most recorded ensemble of its kind in the world, the TTTE will celebrate the release of their 31st recording in Fall of 2022.
Recently selected by The Tennessee Board of Regents to receive the prestigious TBR Academic Excellence and Quality Award, the TTTE is very proud to be the only performing ensemble in the state of Tennessee to receive this award. Recognized internationally as the leading group of its kind, the TTTE has an enviable record of twenty-seven recording projects (the most recent recordings on the Mark Records label were submitted and accepted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to be included on its “Grammy Entry List.”), eight Carnegie Hall appearances, two World’s Fairs performances, numerous national and international conference engagements, an over 50-year history of performances from Preservation Hall in New Orleans to the Spoleto Festival in Charleston to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and is responsible for the composition and arrangement of more music for the tuba than any other single source.
Founded in 1967 by R. Winston Morris, the TTTE and Morris established and defined the standards for tuba ensemble performance practices and have inspired the formation of like groups all over the world. The subject of several doctoral dissertations, the TTTE most recently enjoyed wide- spread exposure via a nationally broadcast PBS documentary titled TUBA U: Basso Profundo and the publication by Scarecrow Press of “The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble and R. Winston Morris: a 40th Anniversary Retrospective” by Charles McAdams and Richard Perry.