July 3-4, 2011
Performed with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Alexander and with the Carroll Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Terry Lowry on July 3rd and July 4th, respectively, for the Fourth of July celebrations. Both concerts featured some of the top freelance musicians in the area.
June 19-25, 2011
Performed on a faculty recital, led morning warm-up sessions, taught private lessons, and coached tuba-euphonium quartets at the International Euphonium Institute at Emory University. This week long festival showcased some of the finest artist-teachers in the world. Performers included Adam Frey, Tormod Flaten, James Gourlay, Brian Meixner, Stacy Baker, Dr. Tom Gibson, and Donald Palmire.
June 10-12, 2011
Kennesaw State University hosted the National Brass Symposium this weekend. This symposium featured some of the greatest brass performers in the world, including members of the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, and Philadelphia. I can’t thank Freddy Martin and his sons, Chris and Michael, enough for bringing this event to a very appreciative brass community in metro Atlanta.
June 5-10, 2011
Performed on recitals and taught four talented students at the KSU Summer Music Clinic. This week-long clinic featured my wonderful colleagues at the university and exposed young musicians to a comprehensive arts experience, which included performing in both small and large ensembles, studying with an artist-teacher, and taking studio classes in variety of media.
Robbie Weaver, who is a Harrison High School graduate and a member of my private tuba and euphonium studio, received a $500 scholarship from the Atlanta Federation of Musicians. Robbie was one of seven winners selected and will study this fall at Columbus State University with Andrew Miller, principal tubist of the Alabama Symphony.
May 22, 2011
The Metro Atlanta High School Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble was featured in concert at the Bailey Performance Center at Kennesaw State University. Some of the country’s top high school musicians are members of this talented ensemble. Plans are in place to feature this group and the Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble in the new performance hall at Lakeside High School next spring.
April 17, 2011
Performed Suite for Tuba by Don Haddad with the Georgia Tech Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Andrea Brown at the Murray Arts Center. Dr. Brown and I were colleagues at Austin Peay State University before taking different paths that led us to our respective college positions in Atlanta. Other guest artists included Dr. Cameron “Chip” Crotts, who will be the new Director of Jazz Studies at the Georgia Tech School of Music this fall. Coincidentally, Dr. Crotts and I were members of the 1988 N.C. High School Honor Band and hadn’t met again until this performance. This concert was a wonderful opportunity to collaborate and to reunite with great friends and colleagues.
Performed the final season of the Atlanta Passion Play on April 9-10, 2011 and April 15-17, 2011. The first performance of this production was held on Friday, April 8, 1977. By 2007, the Atlanta Passion Play had been seen by over 800,000 people.
March 21, 2011
The Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble and the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony performed a joint concert at the Bailey Performance Center. The performance also featured the KSU brass faculty, including the Atlanta Symphony’s principal trumpet, Thomas Hooten. This concert helped both outstanding ensembles establish a larger presence in Cobb County and may lead to stronger recruiting efforts in the future.
March 19, 2011
Vincent Rose and Robbie Weaver represented Harrison High School as members of the prestigious youth honor ensemble, the Honor Band of America. Vincent will be studying with Adam Frey this fall at Georgia State University while Robbie will pursue a music education degree at Columbus State University.
February 19, 2011
The KSU Brass Blast was a wonderful success this year after last year’s clinic was cancelled due to snow. Students worked with our brass faculty in a master class setting, participated in small and large ensembles, and heard professional performances.