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KU Tuba Euphonium Consort performs at international workshop; KU student receives conference honors

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The KU Tuba Euphonium Consort performed on Jan. 27, 2012, at the US Army International Tuba Euphonium Workshop in Ft. Myer, VA. Hosted by the US Army Band (Pershing's Own), this annual event is known as one of the most prestigious conferences for the tuba and euphonium.

At the workshop, the KU Tuba Consort, led by Professor Scott Watson, joined forces with the studios of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and the Missouri Western State University to form a consortium all-star group known as the Thunder All-Star Tuba Euphonium Ensemble. As part of the workshop performance, Watson conducted the group in the debut of a new version of KU Professor James Barnes' Toccata, op. 104, as well as a performance of Daniel Welcher's Hauntings. The KU group was also featured in a performance of Finding the Silver Lining, a composition written by KU tuba student Bo Atlas. Mr. Atlas also received honors during the conference, winning the Mock Audition Competition in tuba. As a result Atlas was invited to perform with the US Army Band during the Grand Finale Concert of the conference.

While attending, the KU group also engaged with notable KU music alums who are now professional musicians in premiere military bands around Washington D.C., including Jarrod Williams (US Naval Academy Band), Sean Chisham (US Army Band), Travis Siehndel (US Naval Academy Band), as well as John Rugalo, percussionist with the Potomac Brass Band and spouse of KU alum Cindy Dary Rugalo (US Marine Band).

For more information please contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit http://www.music.ku.edu

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