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thumb TubaEnsembleIf the leaves are turning, then it must be time for Octubafest at Tennessee Tech University.

Octubafest – the TTU Department of Music and Art’s annual celebration of instruments in the tuba family, including the euphonium, bass tuba and contrabass tuba – will include an extensive array of recitals and concerts.

The 36th annual celebration will be from Friday, Oct. 21, until Friday, Nov. 4.

The youngest of orchestral instruments, the tuba family was not featured in solo settings until the 1960s, when composers started writing music for large brass. Those compositions led to an explosion in the creation of music to challenge tuba family instruments. Octubafest at TTU provides a setting for tuba and euphonium students to demonstrate their technical and musical abilities using these more recent pieces.

TTU has one of the most recognized programs for the tuba and euphonium. The event schedule features a large number of students who study these instruments.

All of the recitals and chamber music concerts are free and open to the public. All will take place in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building on TTU’s campus.

The Octubafest schedule, as follows, concludes with a special performance by the internationally-recognized Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble. Part of TTU’s homecoming festivities, the ensemble’s Nov. 4 performance is a celebration of its 45th anniversary. The concert will include a performance by the 45th Anniversary Reunion Alumni Ensemble, The Tubas Unlimited.

Additional information can be found on the TTU tuba website at: 

  • Friday, Oct. 21

7 p.m.: Ryan Snell, tuba recital

8 p.m.: Cody Dailey, Travis Roberson, Caleb Matthews, Contrabass Tuba Quartet, honors trio

  • Saturday, Oct. 22

7 p.m.: Alex Hill, tuba recital

8 p.m.: Euphonium Choir, freshmen ensemble

  • Friday, Oct. 28

7 p.m.: Jacob Reid, Jalen Talley, tuba recital

8 p.m.: Briana Englebert, euphonium recital

  • Saturday, Oct. 29

2 p.m.: Tu Ba Four Quartet and Tuphonium Quartet

3 p.m.: Jared Rosson, Casey Irvine, Amanda Werlein, Josh Maberry, Les Tubas Quartet

7 p.m.: Bill Glesias, tuba recital

8 p.m.: Preston Light, tuba recital

  • Sunday, Oct. 30

3 p.m.: Kyle Davis, Nick Bendeck, Tyler Thurber, Doug Wiegel, Euba Quartet

7 p.m.: Austin Vogt, euphonium recital

8 p.m.: Patrick Curry, tuba recital

  • Monday, Oct. 31

7 p.m.: Nick Waycaster, euphonium recital

8 p.m.: Derek Cunningham, tuba recital

  • Friday, Nov. 4

7:30 p.m.: Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble