Sunday, March 22, 2009

Gail Robertson

Gail Robertson is a key figure in the tuba-euphonium community. Her efforts have expanded the repertoire for the tuba-euphonium ensemble and other low brass ensembles. Below is a brief biography:

Originally from Pompano Beach, Florida, Gail Robertson began her music studies at the University of Central Florida. After graduating, she was awarded a full-scholarship as graduate assistant to Harvey G. Phillips at Indiana University and received her Master's Degree in Euphonium and a Performer's Certificate in 1989. Ms. Robertson then began her Doctoral studies at the University of Maryland and studied with Dr. Brian L. Bowman. Two months later, she was relocated back to Orlando to become one of the founding members of Walt Disney World's "Tubafours." She later became the leader and chief arranger of the group and produced a CD called "Tubas Under the Boardwalk."

Robertson is currently the Professor of Low Brass at Bethune-Cookman College, Adjunct Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba at the University of Florida, and the University of Central Florida. Additionally, Gail is a judge for the Leonard Falcone Tuba and Euphonium Competition, the I.T.E.C. Euphonium Competition, and the Florida Bandmasters Association. She also tours the U.S. and Japan with Keith Brion's "New Sousa Band," is euphoniumist in the Orlando Brass Ensemble, the Central Florida Brass Band, and has toured with the Battle Creek Brass Band. She has been a soloist and clinician at the U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conferences, several past I.T.E.C.'s and I.W.B.C's. She is also a member of "Symphonia" and will be a part of the summer workshop held at Interlochen this summer. Gail was most recently invited to serve on the judges committee for I.W.B.C., voted to be the "Euphonium Coordinator" of I.T.E.A., and was soloist with the Buchholz High School Band at the Atlanta C.B.D.N.A. Conference this past February.

Several of Gail's arrangements are published by the Tuba-Euphonium Press. The University of Florida Gator Band performed an entire "Rock and Roll" half-time show arranged by Gail this past season. She is also the founder and coordinator of the Orlando TUBAMANIA, the co-coordinator of the Orlando TUBACHRISTMAS, the University of Florida TUBAFEST, and is a York performing artist.

I had the chance to work with her at the 2008 International Euphonium Institute. She was a blast! Gail is very knowledgeable of the repertoire, the arranging/transcription process, and publishing. She is in demand as a teacher and clinician, and after having one lesson with her, it's not very hard to see why. If tuba-euphonium ensembles need ideas for literature, there is a whole Gail Robertson section on the Tuba-Euphonium Press website. Check it out! Her publications vary from arrangements, transcriptions, and original compositions.

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