Monday, June 18, 2012

Unusual Sousaphone Accidents...Parachutes...

above: a civilian parachuter hits a military band during a ceremony

This is old news but this is the first I heard of it so I thought I would share. This happened on July 17th, 2008 at Ft. Riley in Kansas. I am not trying to make any sort of joke posting this, I just  think that it is an interesting circumstance that doesn't happen very often.

The source for the news story I saw is linked below:

Sunday, June 10, 2012

New Sousa Savers! Jayhawk Blue

Here are some photos of our latest SousaSaver batch in Jayhawk Blue! You will see these again on the Sousaphones of the University of Kansas Marching Jayhawk band.

Comics! - Dodge Tuba!

From our good friends at Tone Deaf Comics. You can see more band related comics at:

Check out the archives. Good times!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

EVENTS - Cosmopolitan Tuba and Euphonium Workshop

As musicians it is very important to get together, participate in clinics and try to learn as much as you can from other players who have more experience than you do. This workshop is a great opportunity to watch some top notch players perform. If you are anywhere close to this, please make sure to attend. You won't regret it. The guest artists include:
  • Matthew K. Brown - Tuba soloist (see my record review of Mr. Brown's record here.)
  • Jon Sass - Tuba soloist
  • Patrick Sheridan - Tuba soloist
  • Michael S. Milnarik - Tubist and clinic host
  • Demondrae Thurmond - Euphonium (member of Soto Voce quartet)
  • David Childs - Euphonium soloist
  • David Bandman - Jazz Euphonium 
  • Roland Froscher - Euphonium soloist
This is an INTENSE group of players and you shouldn't miss an opportunity to visit with them and watch them perform. 

This workshop takes place July 8th - July 21st at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. 

For more information on the clinic, please visit the clinic website:

Here are some videos from the artists participating:
Matthew K. Brown, Roland Froscher and Michael S. Milnarik performing Barbara York's Tuba Quartet - 3rd mvmt.

Jon Sass - Voodoo Child (slight return)

Patrick Sheridan - Tiger Rag

Demondrae Thurmond - Pantomime by Philip Sparke

David Bandman - his own jazz arrangement of Holst's Second Suite in F

David Childs - Carnival of Venice

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

NEW MUSIC! - Concerto for Tuba and Wind Ensemble by Gary Ziek

above: CSULB Wind Ensemble - Alan Baer Tuba Soloist

I love new music. Part of what I want to do is share as much new music with people as possible. I have a few excellent selections lined up and I am always looking for more. This one I discovered on accident one evening while having dinner with the composers wife at a French Horn conference. I am very glad I did. 

Concerto for Tuba and Wind Ensemble was written by Dr. Gary Ziek, professor of Trumpet and Director of Bands at Emporia State University. It was written for one of Gary's close friends, Alan Baer, principal Tubist in the New York Philharmonic.

Listen to this work and enjoy. It's fantastic and deserves attention. 

To purchase this music visit

The Cimarron Press catalog number is CM1944.

Let me know what you think of this work!