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Tech Tuba Ensemble presents spring concert

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The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensembles is, in front, Ottie West, Jonah Hammontree, Curtiss Hoeppner, Hannah Eitzen, Michael Barton, Tyler Ricks, John Paul Powers, Josh Whited, and Sam Dent and, in back, Nathan Gregory, Devin Rains, Justin Gorodetzky, Guy Bortz, Sean Bond, Lena Marsh, Michael Engelhart, Taylor Winkler, Jonathan Ownby, Tom Ryan, R. Winston Morris, Zach Davis, and Dan Davis.

Published Thursday Apr 12, 2018

The internationally acclaimed Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble will present its annual spring concert Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building on the Tech campus.

The ensemble has been recognized internationally as the leading group of its kind and has a record of thirty recording projects, eight Carnegie Hall appearances, two World’s Fairs performances, numerous national and international conference engagements, a 51-year history of performances from Preservation Hall in New Orleans to the Spoleto Festival in Charleston to the Kennedy Center in Washington and it is responsible for the composition and arrangement of more music for the tuba and euphonium than any other single source.

The program, titled “TTTE and All That Jazz…and Beyond,” will open with a couple of special compositions that feature the virtuosity of the ensemble that has propelled the group to its prestigious recognition. Following a fanfare by the famous Czech composer, Vaclav Nelhybel, the ensemble will perform a piece composed for low brass titled “Yorkshire Ballad.” Serving as a bridge composition before the jazz begins, the ensemble will perform the popular and energetic “Libertango” by the Argentinean composer Astor Piazzola.

Special guests comprising the rhythm section for the jazz compositions includes one of Tech’s most successful graduates in the Nashville music scene, Ted Wilson, on keyboard. In addition to performing with the Tech tubas, Wilson has contributed three brand new jazz compositions to be performed on the program. Tech guitar professor Doc Stone will be the special guest in the guitar chair and two young Tech performers, Vivian Ledbetter on bass and Adam Sprouse on the drum-set, will round out the rhythm section.

For the Stan Kenton fans in the audience, the ensemble will open the jazz portion of the concert featuring one of Kenton’s most famous recorded pieces titled “Pegasus.” Tech trombone/composition graduate from 1970, Glenn Martin, who currently lives and composes in Lebanon, Tennessee, contributed a laid-back Latin style bossa piece titled “When You’re Mine.”Ensemble fans might remember the “Snarky Tuba” jazz concert the ensemble presented last spring of 2017 and appreciate that famous Snarky Puppy jazz-fusion group composition titled “Shofukan.” Bill Cherry, Tech graduate from Nashville, composed the final piece for the concert titled “Ambiguity.” In addition to the guest artists in the rhythm section, top students in the ensemble will be featured throughout the evening as soloists.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Bryan Fine Arts Building is located at 1150 N. Dixie Avenue in Cookeville.

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