(Ed Owen, Ark State & Charles Schultz, U Memphis)
John Mueller and the University of Memphis (with the help of UNI alumn Anthony Williams) are putting on a Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference that has events more in keeping with the quality and excitment of an International Conference. (Jens Bjorn-Larsen, Hannover, Ed Owen….don’t ask!)
(Dan Perantoni, Indiana U and Jens)
The performances have been outstanding and the audience is excellent. This afternoon’s recital with Brian Bowman, euphonium and Dan Perantoni, tuba was truely a memorable event.
Question…..how much BBQ does one have to have in order to feed a hundred or so hungry tuba/euphonium players and still have some left? Start with 70 pounds of pulled pork, about 10 gallons of slaw and an equal portion of beans. UM GOOD!! GREAT eats and a host of tuba/euphonium ensembles playing for the dinner hour. (Mickey Moore, U Ill)
(Jerry Young, UW Eau Claire; Brian Bowman, North Texas and Jens)
Then, off to Beale Street. The U Memphis Jazz 1 warmed up Alfred’s club with soloist Mike Fahn. Then a little break and the MJT Project really fired up the crowd.
This is a really special event. If you’re not here, you’re really mising something!!!
This morning, I judged the mock tuba audition with Mickey Moore (U Ill) and Charles Schultz (U Memphis). In the afternoon, I conducted a reading session of composer/arranger Ken Friedrich’s music with the composer looking on….of course, I did not see the scores at all before the session. Tommorow, since Dan Perantioni must leave early, I will be covering his masterclass before catching a 3pm flight back to Cedar Rapids….with luck should be back in CR by 10 and back to Cedar Falls by midnight…..