Monday, February 13, 2012

Help your fellow Tuba players: University of Texas Pan American Tuba Ensemble

 above: The University of Texas Pan-American Tuba Studio circa 2009 or 2010

Dr. Scott Roeder and the University of Texas Pan-American Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble are heading to Linz, Austria for to play in this years ITEA conference. Unfortunately, this isn't cheap and college students aren't exactly hemorrhaging excess cash, so please help support them in any way you can. If you have a few extra bucks skip coffee for a few days and help some young Tuba students fly around the world and get an experience that will benefit them greatly. 

To make a donation, please contact Dr. Scott Roeder at:
or call him at 956-665-7134

Below is the flier announcing their performance, with a list of all the players...
UTPA Tuba Euphonium Ensemble Performance
International Tuba Euphonium Conference 2012 in Linz, Austria

The University of Texas-Pan American Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Scott Roeder, has been invited to present performances at the 2012 International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Linz, Austria. The ensemble is only one of seven collegiate tuba-euphonium ensembles across the United States to be invited to perform. This invitation shows that the hard work, dedication, and performance excellence of the tuba and euphonium students at UTPA is being recognized and valued among tuba and euphonium musicians around the world. In a larger sense it is an affirmation of the talent of young musicians in the Rio Grande Valley and the quality of music education in south Texas.

The International Tuba Euphonium Conference (ITEC) is an event held every two years and is a show case for the world’s best tuba/euphonium musicians. Teachers, students, and performers from around the world attend ITEC to hear concerts, lectures, and masterclasses from leading soloists and pedagogues. These conferences are also venues to hear up and coming musicians through international competitions and collegiate performances like the UTPA Tuba Euphonium Ensemble has been invited to present.

Attending an ITEC, especially one held in Europe, is an experience like no other for a music student studying tuba or euphonium. This conference will provide the young musicians of UTPA access to performers and teachers that can only be obtained at an ITEC. They will hear performances that will inspire them to new heights and learn new performance ideas and techniques that will give them the knowledge to get there. The connections that can be made at a conference such as this, have the potential to open doors that would never be possible otherwise. Furthermore, students will be able to hear many great European soloists that rarely make it over to the United States to perform. The guest artists for this conference are nothing short of spectacular. In addition to the great benefits of just attending, students at UTPA will have the unique experience of performing at the conference. Very few collegiate musicians ever get the opportunity to perform at an ITEC.
The students of the UTPA Tuba Euphonium Ensemble are a diverse group of individuals from many different areas of the Rio Grande Valley. Most students in the group are studying music at UTPA. However university students with outside majors also perform with the group. The current members of the ensemble include:

Alexis Alba (Donna HS)
Jossafat Corona (Juarez Lincoln HS)
Loida Guerrero (Roma HS)
Amy Guzman (Palmview HS)
Osvaldo Lopez (La Joya HS)
Abel Ocanas (Economedes HS)
Victor Rodriguez (Economedes HS)
Jesus Ruiz (Nikki Rowe HS)
George Sanchez (Nikki Rowe HS)

This group represents cities and school districts from the entire Rio Grande Valley region and the students came from some of the best high school band programs in south Texas.

While this performance opportunity and trip is a once in a lifetime experience for the students involved, it is also an extremely expensive endeavor that most of the students would find hard to provide all the resources necessary to attend. Therefore the ITEA Chapter at UTPA, it actively seeking out sponsors to help raise the needed funds to allow all ensemble members to participate in this experience. If anyone is interested in helping sponsor the trip, please contact Dr. Scott Roeder (, 956-665-7134) or Abel Ocanas (, 956-624-0601)

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