Texas Tech University Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble

EnsembleThe Texas Tech University Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble has existed in various incarnations since the late 1960's, with ensembles formed under professor of tuba and euphonium David Payne for what later became annual "Groundhog Day" concerts. The ensemble re-formed as a large performing group under the direction of Kevin Wass in 2002. Since that time, the ensemble has performed at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conferences in Denver (2006), Cincinnati (2008), Tucson (2010), Linz, Austria (2012), Bloomington, IN (2014, pictured above), and Knoxville, TN (2016); the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention in San Antonio (2014, 2004); the Texas Regional ITEA Conference in Lubbock (2005); the Southwest Regional ITEA Conference in Las Vegas (2005), and the South Central ITEA Conferences in Austin (2007), Waco (2011) and Baton Rouge (2013). The ensemble has also been featured on the TTU Bands "Sound Encounters" concerts and has performed at the TTU Relay for Life, the TTU College of Visual and Performing Arts "Christmas in November" event, the Plainview Symphony Presents series and in other local venues.

The ensemble includes most members of the tuba-euphonium studio and is open to any interested TTU student by approval of the instructor. The group rehearses once per week and presents concerts both on- and off-campus. Repertoire consists of large-scale transcriptions of standard orchestral works, original music for tuba-euphonium ensemble, and chamber works for anywhere from three to eight players. Student conductors are featured on a regular basis and all members of the ensemble are encouraged to contribute arrangements and original compositions.