Archive Tubafest 2006

Fredericton New Brunswick, on the banks of the beautiful Saint John River, was the site of Fredericton International TubaFest — 2006.

tubafestTuba and euphonium players from New Brunswick were joined by musicians from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Maine and New Hampshire in Memorial Hall on the University of New Brunswick Fredericton Campus. This was the third year for the Fredericton TubaFest.

There were two clinicians. John Griffiths is a Yamaha performing artist, principal tuba for the Regina Symphony and professor of music at the University of Regina.

Larry Shields is a Besson performing artist, freelance musician, Music Director for the University of Toronto – Scarborough College Wind Ensemble, The Hannaford Street Youth Band and Weston Silver Band, and a member of the Hannaford Street Silver Band.

Participants ranged in age from 13 to 70 years old. Some are totally self-taught and others are studying at the university level.

The first day started with Larry running a discussion/clinic on warming up leading into a reading session for the massed ensemble. Before lunch Grant Dinmore and Joe Ewing participated in the euphonium master class.

In the afternoon John lead a clinic on articulation, emphasizing wind speed, direction, and flow. He stressed the importance of practicing the simple things and doing them right. “The rest is easy!”

tubafestFollowing a break Larry combined a clinic on balance with rehearsing the large ensemble for the Saturday night concert. This was followed by an ensemble master class with Richard Riding and Katherine Moller playing Air and Dance for Violin and Tuba by A. Frackenpohl and a tuba/euphonium quartet playing the Toreador Song by G.Bizet/arr. B. Gray. That evening two small ensembles were put together.

Saturday started with John leading a workshop on warm-up and practice schedules. The main message that came through was always perform! Play your best. Play by ear. Develop your own exercises to cover what you are working on at the time. And take time to “noodle” around. Enjoy your instrument.

This was followed by rehearsal time for the large and small ensembles. Tuba master class was just before lunch with Genevieve Mullally playing the first two movements of Concerto for Tuba by B. Broughton and Jonathan Rowsell playing Concert Etude, op. 49 by A. Godeicke/arr. E. Emilson.

The students were accompanied by Nathalie Lepine, part of the Duo Lepine and staff accompanist at the Conservatoire de musique de Quebec. After lunch Larry had a clinic on phrasing which he used to lead into the final rehearsal of the large ensemble. John followed with a workshop on musicality. Play more than just the notes!

tubafestAgain the message was “getting the simple things perfect” and perhaps most important: relax so you can enjoy your performance.

The two days were topped off with the final public concert. Nathalie Lepine joined Larry in a performance of Silver Threads among the Gold by William Rimmer and John in a performance of Concertodel Garda by Elizabeth Raum. John then played the Harmonious Blacksmith by G.F.Handel. The second half of the concert featured the small ensembles playing: Shades of Gray by K.D. Wilson, Bendemeer’s Stream Trad. Irish/arr. S Shoop, In the Good Old Summer Time arr. T. Jolly, Frog Legs Rag by J. Scott/arr S. Shoop, Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue by R. Henderson/arr. M Nelson, Toreador Song by G. Bizet/arr B. Gray.

The concert ended with all the participants and clinicians on stage playing: March of the Priests from “the Magic Flute by Mozart/arr. D.M. Sherman, Medley – In Heaven There is no Beer/Café Polka arr. T. Jolly, March from the Second Suite in F for Military Band by G. Holst/arr. D. Werden and ending with Totally Tuba March by J. D. Goble.

The workshop was hosted by the UNB Centre for Musical Arts of the College of Extended Learning. R. Smith was the official photographer. TubaFest 2006 was supported by Yamaha, Besson, Tony’s Music Box Fredericton, Assante Wealth Management, a private donor, CBC Radio and TV, and CTV.

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