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<thumb_2010_Tuba_EnsembleIt's time to bring out the big guns in the Department of Music at Tennessee Tech University for the annual OCTUBAFEST celebration. >

The 35th annual TTU OCTUBAFEST celebration includes a series of 15 concerts presented by the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble. Events kick off Saturday, Oct. 23, in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building and run through Monday, Nov. 1.

Highlights of this year's OCTUBAFEST concert series include a 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, performance by the internationally acclaimed Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble under the direction of R. Winston Morris, who founded the group in 1967. The ensemble will feature compositions and arrangements by TTU music graduate Glenn Martin, who currently teaches at Cumberland University in Lebanon and was formerly at Tennessee State University in Nashville.

Most of Martin's music is in the jazz style, but the ensemble also will feature some of his original work and classical transcriptions. A number of student soloists will be featured as will Joshua Hauser, TTU professor of trombone, who will close the show as guest soloist on two of Martin's jazz compositions.

In addition to all the tuba/euphonium student recitals, one other special performance will be offered by recent TTU graduate Adam Goad on euphonium. Gode is currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. Goad's guest euphonium recital will be on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.

2010 Octubafest events include:

  • Saturday, Oct. 23

7 p.m.: Nick Waycaster/Alex Hill, Euphonium/Tuba, RECITAL

8 p.m.: Derek Cunningham, Tuba, RECITAL

  • Monday, Oct. 25

7 p.m.: James Baggett, Travis Jackson, Caleb Matthews, Tuba, RECITAL

8 p.m.: Cory Allen, Senior Tuba, RECITAL

  • Wednesday, Oct. 27

7:30 p.m.: Tennessee Tech Tuba ensemble featuring the music of Glenn Martin

  • Saturday, Oct. 30

3 p.m.: Honors trio, euphonium choir with guest euphonium soloist Joshua Hauser. Freshmen tuba ensemble.

4 p.m.: Bill Glesias/Leslie Puryear, Adrian Romero and the Tuphonium Quartet, RECITAL

7 p.m.: Adam Goad, TTU and TTTE graduate guest euphonium, RECITAL

8 p.m.: Kenji Kabe, Junior Tuba, RECITAL

  • Sunday, Oct. 31

3 p.m.: TU BA FOUR and tuphonium quartets

4 p.m.: Bryan Cole/Chris Thornton/Jacob Reid/Jalen Talley and the EUBA QUARTET

7 p.m.: Briana Engelbert/Preston Light, Euphonium/Tuba, RECITAL

8 p.m.: Kyle Newland, Senior Tuba, RECITAL

  • Monday, Nov. 1

7 p.m.: Austin Vogt/Ryan Snell, Euphonium/Tuba, RECITAL

8 p.m.: Patrick Curry, Junior Tuba, RECITAL

All performances are free and open to the public and take place in Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building on the TTU campus in Cookeville. For more information about Octubafest at TTU, call Morris at 931-372-3168 or e-mail

Additional information on the tuba/euphonium program at TTU is available here.