Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tennessee Tech Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble

My trusty colleague "Braine" Cunningham gave a really good listening presentation in our brass ensemble literature class. He focused on the tuba-euphonium ensemble, so I thought it would be more than appropriate to "brog" about it.

The Tennessee Tech Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble is a pioneer in the genre. Led by Professor R. Winston Morris, the group has over 600 commissioned works and countless recital appearances, including multiple appearances at New York City's Carnegie Hall. Not bad for tubas and euphoniums, right?! The group does excellent work in terms of advocacy and education, not to mention their performance.

Go to the above link and look at all the recordings this group has done. They are the most recorded tuba-euphonium ensemble to date. Notice the variety in literature on these CDs. The recording "Braine" played was from "Unleash the Beast!" and it boasted original works for the ensemble, arrangements, transcriptions, and they even dabbled with what they called Bass Clef Jazz. These tunes incorporated drum set, guitar, and bass guitar.

Check out their website for more information. I just wanted to take the opportunity to extend a thank you and congratulations to Professor Morris and his students!

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