Tubas, Trombones and Trumpets, Oh My!

Wind instruments take center stage in concerts and recitals during November and December.

                                                                                                                                                    photos: Candace Kaw | CoTA

By Barbara Melendez

USF News

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 31) – This Saturday the USF Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble performs in the School of Music Concert Hall followed by Barness Recital Hall concerts of two USF Trombone Day performances, Nov. 10 and one USF Trumpet Day, Nov. 12. A second chance to hear the USF Trombone Ensembles comes Dec. 3.

The tuba/euphonium collaboration on Nov. 2 also includes composition students.

“Fourteen of these young composers have written new pieces for the ensemble and they will be premiered at Saturday's concert. This is a BIG deal!” said Jay Hunsberger, a prominent teacher and performer across Florida and throughout the Southeastern United States. “Many of these pieces are of a very high level. They challenge the performers and will surely make the audience smile, tap their feet, ponder some serious subjects and bask in the beauty of these big brass instruments.”

Hunsberger points out, “Our tuba-euphonium studio at USF is nationally-recognized for excellence. We host guest artists from around the globe and our students perform successfully at major competitions and professional auditions. This talent will be showcased on Saturday.”

The trombone gets due attention Nov. 10 and again Dec. 3. Now in its fourth year, this annual finale trombone concert will feature the USF Trombone Octet, USF Trombone Band with soloist Jerald Shynett, visiting from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as well as other USF Trombone Ensembles.

The day is dedicated to former USF Trombone Professor Don Kneeburg. Following an afternoon group warm-up with Trombone Professor Tom Brantley, there will be a trombone master class on all styles of trombone, classical and jazz, with Shynett, who is a USF alumnus. He performs at 4 p.m. on a program that also features the USF Trombone Studio 2013/2014. They will perform the works of Bach, Beethoven, along with classic and modern Jazz works. Shynett will be featured with the USF Bone Band One performing some of his original works and arrangements.

Trumpets take their turn on Trumpet Day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Trumpet Professor Jay Coble leads a group warm-up in the morning, followed by a rehearsal and concerts. Coble will give a class demonstrating different trumpets. The USF Trumpet Studio will present a recital of trumpet ensemble music at 12:30 p.m., premiering a piece written especially for the event. The guest artist this year is Dr. Karl Sievers from Oklahoma University who will present the concluding concert at 3:30 p.m.

Also part of the day is an exhibition where visitors can browse through booths set up by Terry Warburton from Terry Warburton Music Products, Fred Powell from Fred Powell Signature Trumpets, Bill Prang from Husonics, Sam Ash Music Stores, Steve Bochus from Woodwind and Brasswind, and Yamaha. Bochus will conduct master classes with high school and USF students and there will be demonstrations of mouthpieces by Warburton at 2 p.m. Powell will give a lecture on the trumpet-making process at 2:45.

“Both of these men are among the best at their craft,” said Coble. “The concerts will include a recital by the USF trumpet studio which will feature the mass trumpet ensemble that rehearsed earlier in the day. The culminating event will be a recital by Dr. Sievers which will also feature USF oboe professor Amy Collins and me,” he said.

For more information about Trumpet Day, contact Jay Coble at jcoble@usf.edu or USFTrumpetClub@gmail.com

The USF Wind Ensemble, utilizing these three instruments and more, presents “How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Opus 2: A Very Special Concert,” Nov. 24 in the Concert Hall. The Ensemble was invited to perform in Carnegie Hall next March. This celebration concert also highlights the centennial of the births of three American composers, Morton Gould, Benjamin Britten and Norman Dello Joio and will feature works arranged by USF alumnus Joseph Kreines.

For tickets contact the box office at http://boxoffice.arts.usf.edu/ or (813) 974-2323. Student and senior discounts are available and prices range from $5 to $12. The number for more information is (813) 974-2301.

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Barbara Melendez can be reached at 813-974-4563