THE UNCP TUBA EUPHONIUM ENSEMBLE PRESENTS: OCTUBAFEST 2014
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Moore Hall Auditorium, Free Admission
MASTERCLASS WITH BRIAN MEIXNER, EUPHONIUM
MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014 at 10:10-11:00 AM
Moore Hall Band Room, Free Admission
Brian Meixner is an active euphonium soloist, conductor and educator, currently on the faculty at High Point University where he serves as the Assistant Director of Bands and teaches studio low brass. Brian is the Founder, Music Director and President of the newly formed North Carolina Brass Band, a professional ensemble comprised of many of the finest brass players in central North Carolina. The NCBB recorded their debut album "First In Flight" in May 2014, scheduled for release in September 2014. Brian has held the position of Assistant Conductor of the River City Brass Band, where he played euphonium full time for six years. Brian has been featured with the RCBB on several performances, both as a euphoniumist and conductor. In addition to his duties with the RCBB, Brian played euphonium and trombone for several years with the River Bottom Quartet, a diverse low brass chamber group composed of River City Brass Band members. Other chamber ensemble activity includes playing euphonium in Tubas In The Sun, a quartet of tuba and euphonium talent in central North Carolina. Brian has previously served on the faculties of UNC-Greensboro, Slippery Rock University, the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Woman’s University. He also served as the Euphonium Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, where he completed a DMA in Euphonium Performance. Brian has participated actively as a performer in numerous professional ensembles and as a conductor of various university and high school honor ensembles. He has also been featured as a euphonium solo artist and clinician with several professional ensembles, various universities, community bands, high school ensembles, brass bands, and state, national and international music conferences. Brian’s primary teachers are Dr. Brian Bowman, Dr. Skip Gray, Dr. Hugo Magliocco and James E. Jackson, III. Brian has been active promoting and commissioning new music for the euphonium, including several pieces for euphonium and percussion on his new album, Praxis. Other commissions include the 2010 composition for euphonium and wind ensemble, “Cri de Coeur”, by renowned American composer Libby Larsen. In addition to “Praxis”, Brian can also be heard on his previously released solo album, Genesis, and on the River Bottom Quartet’s recently released recording, In Too Deep, both of which received glowing reviews. In addition to the DMA, Brian Meixner’s previous education includes a Master’s degree in Euphonium Performance from the University of North Texas, a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Kentucky, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Western Illinois University.
MASTERCLASS WITH BILL PRITCHARD, TUBA
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2014 at 10:10-11:00 AM
Moore Hall Auditorium, Free Admission
Bill Pritchard teaches trombone, tuba and euphonium at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia, and tuba and euphonium Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. He is a native of New Jersey. He began teaching and freelancing in Atlanta in 2001 while he was a member of the Army Ground Forces Band. Currently he plays tuba with the Midtown Brass Quintet, the acclaimed Georgia Brass Band, the New Atlanta Philharmonic, the John's Creek Symphony Orchestra and the Ludwig Symphony. He has also performed with the Alabama, Columbus, Macon, Cobb and Hilton Head Symphonies, the Savannah Philharmonic, the Atlanta Brass Society, The Atlanta Ballet and the Peachtree Brass. As a soloist he has appeared with the Army Ground Forces Band, the New Atlanta Philharmonic, the Ludwig Symphony, and the New Jersey-based South Orange Symphony, delighting audiences of all ages with his dynamic interpretations of both standard and lesser known works for tuba. In addition to his performance schedule, Mr. Pritchard is a dedicated teacher of his craft, giving private lessons and master classes on euphonium and trombone, as well as tuba. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Management from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, and a Master of Arts in Classical Tuba Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
8TH ANNUAL TUBACHRISTMAS!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5th, 2014, 7:30 PM
OUTSIDE GIVENS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
FREE REGISTRATION AND ADMISSION!
You are again invited to participate in one of the many TubaChristmas concerts presented throughout the world. TubaChristmas was conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through the legendary William J. Bell we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists/teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists. The first TubaChristmas took place in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974. Today, thousands of musicians gather across the world to celebrate our instruments and the joy of the season.
Here at UNCP we gather outside to perform traditional carols and songs of the season, filling the campus with music. All are welcome to bring an instrument and join in, registration is free, or to come and listen. There is no rehearsal before our event, come ready to perform at 7:30PM, dressed for outdoor performance. For more information, please contact Dr. Hersey. We hope to see you there!
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