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Tuba ensemble presents Octubafest

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The 2017-18 Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble is, in front from left, Ottie West, Jonah Hammontree, Curtiss Hoeppner, Hannah Eitzen, Michael Barton, Tyler Ricks, John Paul Powers, Josh Whited, and Sam Dent and, in back from left, Nathan Gregory, Devin Rains, Justin Gorodetzky, Guy Bortz, Sean Bond, Lena Marsh, Michael Engelhart, Taylor Winkler, Jonathan Ownby, Tom Ryan, Director and Founder R. Winston Morris, Zach Davis, and Dan Davis.

Published Friday Nov 3, 2017

The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, currently celebrating the release of its 29th recording “Snarky Tuba” and 51st season, will perform the annual Octubafest fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

“Snarky Tuba” was recently released by Mark Records of Buffalo, New York, who has produced all of the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble recordings over the years. “Snarky” was presented last spring and featured guest artists in the rhythm sections and lead horn players in an all jazz concert. “Snarky Tuba” is available through the tuba and euphonium studio at Tech for supporters of studio activities.

Following its 50th anniversary season last year, the ensemble will perform works not originally composed for tubas but are transcribed from other sources are a major part of the repertoire this fall season.

Sometimes called the “three B’s of classical music,” Bach, Beethoven and Brahms are often recognized by classical music enthusiasts. The ensemble will be performing perhaps the most famous of all Johann Sebastian Bach’s compositions, “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” as transcribed for the tuba ensemble by ensemble director R. Winston Morris. The Beethoven feature is called “Beethoven 9 to 5” with obvious quotes from the ninth and fifth symphonies.  This will be the world premiere performance of this piece arranged by Tech alumnus Dan Boone. In addition to other pieces, the grand finale will feature special guest artist Joy Rachor on the organ performing the famous finale to the Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3, the “Organ Symphony.”

The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble is recognized internationally as the leading group of its kind and has 29 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 is responsible for the composition and arrangement of more music for the tuba and euphonium than any other single source.

The Octubafest performance on Nov. 9 is free and open to the public. The Bryan Fine Arts Building is located at 1150 N. Dixie Avenue in Cookeville.

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