Recitals, concerts, sheet music readings and bonding between musical academia and the military were all parts of the four-day Tuba-Euphonium Workshop at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Brucker Hall Jan. 30 through Saturday.
The workshop has become a tradition on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. The 2019 edition of the get together was the 36th annual workshop. Guests from every region of the United States attended and included college groups from the University of Central Arkansas, Florida State University, George Mason University, and the University of North Georgia.
“A lot of times, it’s their first time experiencing this level of a military band,” workshop organizer and The U. S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” and euphonium artist Staff Sgt. Jeremy McBride said of the college students. “This is a great way to connect with them, and for them to hear us. The way this workshop is set up is its much more interactive than other workshops.”
Tuba symphony musicians Peder MacLellan of the Vancouver Symphony and Chris Olka of the Cincinnati Symphony sat in on recitals and conducted musical groups.
Euphonium competition winners were announced Wednesday and the American Tuba Quartet and The U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Quartet performed in Loboda Studio. The TUSAB quartet members are Staff Sgts. Christopher Buckley, Toby Furr, McBride, and Sgt. 1st Class Charles Giannelli.
The next three days were a mix of masterclasses, lectures, exhibits, and networking with fellow low brass players.
“During the day, there are a variety of classes or recitals,” McBride said. “Each evening accumulates in a kind of headlining act. Saturday night was our band concert, and Friday night was our orchestra concert.
According to McBride, a total of 500 spectators enjoyed the four-day schedule of events.
To view select concerts and recitals, go to The U.S. Army Band’s YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/usarmyband.
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