Do you find it difficult to find a soloist that could perform with your middle school band as well as your professional regional orchestra? You find a performer who is regarded as outstanding by others in the performance industry; however, you worry he or she will not connect well with your ensemble or have good chemistry with your high school students?
I have soloed with middle schools, high schools, college ensembles, and professional orchestras throughout my 25-year performance career; I have always enjoyed the opportunity to connect with the students of all ages/levels and their conductors. The positive musical collaboration always energizes the audience and allows me to give the students and teachers another medium to express their joy of music-making.
SOLOIST WITH BAND
The Old Grumbly Bear by Julius Fucik
Suite for Tuba by Don Haddad
Concerto for Tuba and Wind Orchestra by Bruce Broughton
Concerto for Tuba and Wind Band/Brass Band by Edward Gregson
From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific by Herbert L. Clarke
Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra by John Williams
TUBA GOES UNACCOMPANIED
Program includes works by: John Stevens, James Grant, Eric Alexander
(Selections from four different musical periods)
Program includes works by: J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann, Bruce Broughton
Want to see a full list of my repertoire and previous award-winning band programs to create a custom program for your audience? Let's chat!
I have given various types of presentations throughout the Southeast ranging from entrepreneurship to music fundamentals. I am passionate about music education and enjoy teaching all ages and ability levels!
Here is a sampling of the wide range of topics:
Insights and strategies to help young people develop entrepreneurial skills that will ensure success in the music industry and other careers. The following topics of discussion will include:
1) Website Design and Content, 2) Building a Résumé, 3) Preparing Your Product, 4) Scoping and Creating Your Job Market-Teaching/Performing, 5) Developing a Private Teaching Studio, 6) Freelancing and Gigs, 7) Communication Skills and 8) Miscellaneous
Low Brass Master Class
Euphonium and tuba students will receive help and instruction with regards to fundamentals, solo literature, performance concepts, etc. in front of other students in a group setting.
Scales: Major, Minor and Chromatic
This class will focus on the study and practice of major scales, minor scales, and the chromatic scale; the purpose will be to help prepare the high school student as he or she prepares for his or her college auditions, honor band auditions, and school placement auditions, which require the exhibition of scale proficiency.
Different aspects of musicianship are addressed through the discussion of topics including musicality, dynamics, tempo, ornamentation, articulation, phrasing and musical tension/release.
Sight Reading Class
This class will help tuba and euphonium players with tips to improve sight reading skills when taking auditions at any performance level, to prepare reading new music for the first time in a musical setting, and to develop strong independent analytical skills in one’s practice room setting.
Developing the Great High School Low Brass Player
This seminar explores and shares the routine to helping the band director and student achieve the greatest success in tuba and euphonium playing development. I created the concept of this class during my tenure as Visiting Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Austin Peay State University.
As a former university professor at Austin Peay State University and at Kennesaw State University, I taught music appreciation classes on campus. I have adapted my college lectures to fit the middle and high school age groups.
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