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Tennessee Tech University’s Tuba Ensemble, along with active alumni, will celebrate its 45th anniversary on Friday, Nov. 4.

The performance will conclude TTU's annual Octubafest, a series of concerts and performances in celebration of the instruments of the tuba family.

Founded in 1967 by R. Winston Morris, who directs the group today, the ensemble has more than 20 student members. Over the years, the group has made 25 recordings, seven appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York City and two World's Fair performances. It has composed and arranged more music for th tuba than any other single entity.

During Friday's performance, The Tubas Unlimited, a group of eight ensemble alumni who have gone on to teach at other universities and play in several military bands, will take the stage. During the first week of November, they will record the latest ensemble-affiliated project, playing popular songs by the Beatles and others.

Morris is regarded as the leading authority on literature for the tuba, was one of the founding fathers of the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association, and has been acknowledged worldwide as the major authority on the development of the tuba ensemble. He was awarded the 2003 Tennessee Tech University Caplenor Research Award, the most prestigious award presented annually to TTU faculty.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts building on the TTU campus. It is free and open to the public.

TTU Arts Roundup:



Appalachian Center for Craft


  • Jay Song’s “Spectator,” a metal and mixed media exhibit, is on display in the North Windows gallery of the Appalachian Center for Craft through Oct. 27.
  • April Flanders’s “Outbreak Populations,” a printmaking and installation exhibit, is on display in Gallery Two of the Appalachian Center for Craft through Nov. 3.


Joan Derryberry Art Gallery


  • Charles Clary’s cut paper wall sculpture exhibit runs until Oct. 27. A gallery talk and reception is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 also in the gallery.
  • TTU art faculty’s multi-media exhibition runs from Oct. 21 until Nov. 30, with a gallery talk and reception at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1.


TTU Music


  • TTU’s all-student University Orchestra, conducted by Dan Allcott, is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27.
  • Jacob Reid and Jalen Talley will perform a student tuba recital at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.
  • Briana Engelbert’s student euphonium recital is at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.
  • The Tuphonium Quartet’s student recital is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.
  • LesTubas Quartet’s student recital is at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.
  • A student tuba recital for Bill Gelsias is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.
  • Preston Light’s student tuba recital is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.
  • The Euba Quartet’s student recital is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.
  • Austin Vogt’s student euphonium recital is at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.
  • Partick Curry’s student tuba recital is at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.
  • Nick Waycaster’s student euphonium recital is at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
  • Derek Cunningham’s student tuba recial is at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
  • TTU’s Tuba Ensemble and the Tubas Unlimited Alumni Ensemble will perform the 45th Anniversary Reunion concert, directed by R. Winston Morris, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.
  • TTU’s percussion ensembles, directed by Eric Willie, perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.
  • Stefan Logue’s senior student recital is at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.
  • A studio flute recital is at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.
  • Florida State University’s Percussion Ensemble will perform a guest artist concert a 5:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7.
  • The Cumberland Quintet’s faculty ensemble is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7.


The Appalachian Center for Craft is located six miles off Highway 56 (Interstate 40, Exit 273) near Smithville. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The Joan Derryberry Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Roaden University Center and is open to the public from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Backdoor Playhouse is located in Jere Whitson Memorial Building. For more information, call 372-6595. Unless noted otherwise, all concerts are free and take place in the Bryan Fine Arts Building. The concert schedule is subject to change. For more information, call 372-3161.