Tennessee 2022 Memoir

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Tennessee 2022

A Memoir

 I had another wonderful week of travel. This time to Tennessee. My dear friend and fellow “Amigo”, Winston Morris was celebrating his 55th and final year of teaching at Tennessee Tech University.

I have never heard of a professor teaching 55 years in one position—anywhere. Winston is one of the most revered and loved tuba players and teachers in the world. He is most famous for fostering the large tuba/euphonium ensemble. His efforts led to many colleges in America and around the world having similar ensembles...

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Pennsylvania 2022 Memoir

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Pennsylvania 2022 

Memoir

I just finished one of the most rewarding weeks of my life in southwestern Pennsylvania. I was invited to be an Artist in Residence at my alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania — more than two years ago. It was postponed twice due to Covid but finally happened this week. I am from the area and am a Distinguished Alumnus of the school. Because I had a relationship with the River City Brass Band in Pittsburgh and its conductor, James Gourlay, I made an agreement with them to do professional audio/video recordings of two of my challenging compositions for Brass Band, “Tour de Force” and “Flying Circus”. I think the RCBB is one of the finest in the world and have special understanding of my complex rhythmic music...

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