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thumb TubaEnsembleDistinguished alumni will join the internationally recognized Tennessee Tech University Tuba Ensemble to 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 still 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 the tuba than any other single entity.

At the free performance, the group will play its seminal arrangement of Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor.” It will close with Tchaikovsky’s “Finale from Symphony No. 4 in F minor,” as transcribed by an ensemble alumnus.

The ensemble has also been the subject of a nationally-aired PBS documentary, “Tuba U: Basso Profundo,” and a book, “The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble and R. Winston Morris: A 40th Anniversary Retrospective.”

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.

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.