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The tuba and euphonium studio at Texas Tech is led by Professor of Music Dr. Kevin Wass and is made up of an enthusiastic, hard-working, and supportive community of young musicians. Scroll down or click the highlighted text to learn more about Dr. Wass, the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and a "Typical Week" for a tuba or euphonium major at TTU.

Dr. Wass

Dr. Wass

Kevin Wass currently serves as Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Texas Tech University and President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, the Bachelor of Science degree (Summa cum laude) in Music Education from Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, and the Master of Music degree and Performer's Certificate from Indiana University. He has performed with a wide range of ensembles, including the Disneyland All-American College Band, the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, the Omaha, Lincoln, and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras, Santa Fe Pro Musica and various brass chamber groups. Solo appearances have included competitions in the United States, Canada, and the Czech Republic. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the United States Army Orchestra, and the Fountain City and Frontier Brass Bands. Dr. Wass's teaching background is equally varied, with experience as a band and orchestra director at the elementary and high school levels to go with private studio and classroom teaching at the college level. In addition to his duties at Tech, Dr. Wass has served on the faculty of the Las Vegas Music Festival and currently serves as Principal Tubist of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. His principal studies have been with Fritz Kaenzig, Daniel Perantoni, Harvey Phillips, and Craig Fuller.

Students of Kevin Wass can be found in teaching and performing positions throughout the United States, including Principal Tuba in the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra and Tuba and Euphonium in the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. Graduates from the tuba and euphonium studio at Texas Tech have also been admitted to graduate study at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions, including the Juilliard School, Indiana University, the University of North Texas, and the Royal Northern College of Music (UK). Competition honors for Dr. Wass’s students include first place in the ITEC Mock Orchestral Audition and two national finalists in the MTNA Young Artist Brass competition.

Dr. Wass is a long-time member of ITEA/TUBA, in which his activities have included hosting a regional ITEA conference (2005), serving as founding chair of the Harvey G. Phillips Awards for Excellence in Composition (2005-2011), serving on the Board of Directors as Conferences Coordinator (2009-2011), and serving as an Associate Editor of the ITEA Journal, writing the quarterly “Dear Dr. TubaEuph” column(2012-2015).

Texas Tech University Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble

Ensemble 2018

The 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 at top of page), and Knoxville, TN (2016); the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention in San Antonio (2018, 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), Baton Rouge (2013), Edinburg (2017) and Canyon (2018). 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.

Special concerts by the Texas Tech University Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble include the annual Octubafest concert, featuring polkas, waltzes, and other Oktoberfest favorites along with original and transcribed works. For 2018, this concert will be held on Halloween night, October 31, with the theme of "Heroes and Villans" and attendees encouraged to dress in costume. The ensemble is also the host organization for Lubbock's annual TubaChristmas celebration, which features a large ensemble of tuba and euphonium players from around Lubbock and South Plains playing arrangements of favorite Christmas carols and songs. This year's event will be held at the Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court at the Museum of Texas Tech University at 3 pm on Sunday, December 9. Those who are interested in joining us in the ensemble can find more information at the TubaChristmas website.

A Week in the Life

Ensemble 2018

While every day and every week is a unique opportunity and challenge for each student, here is what a "typical" week in the fall semester of a tuba or euphonium player who is a Music-Teacher Certification Major (MUTC) might look like at Texas Tech:

Monday

6:00 am: Wake up, breakfast at the dorm
7:00 am: Tuba-Euphonium Morning Routine: joining studio colleagues for a non-required morning warm-up
8:00 am: Practice: work on major and minor scales for the weekly technique assignment
9:00 am: Music Theory I: learning how to better read, write, and understand music
10:00 am: Creating the Critical Listener: learning to better understand music and its cultural influences through listening
11:00 am: Lunch with friends in the Student Union
12:00 pm: Goin' Band from Raiderland rehearsal
1:00 pm: Back to dorm to shower and relax
2:00 pm: Symphonic Band rehearsal
3:00 pm: Tuba or euphonium lesson with Dr. Wass
4:00 pm: Meet friends in School of Music to work on Theory homework
5:00 pm: Back to dorm, relax
6:00 pm: Dinner at dorm
7:30 pm: Practice: review scales and work on 1st movement of piece for Studio Recital
10:00 pm: Back to dorm, practice sight singing for Aural Skills class

Tuesday

7:00 am: Wake up, breakfast at the dorm
8:00 am: College Algebra
9:30 am: Aural Skills: learning to sight sing, identify intervals and chords by ear, and transcribe music
11:00 am: Keyboard I: Learning basic piano skills for music majors
12:00 pm: Quick lunch in Student Union
12:30 pm: Goin' Band from Raiderland rehearsal
2:00 pm: Back to dorm, shower and relax
3:30 pm: Practice: Daily Routine and Review of technique and repertoire
5:00 pm: Tuba and Euphonium Studio Class: Listen to studio colleagues perform and offer comments to help them improve
6:00 pm: Dinner in Student Union
7:30 pm: Practice: learn 2nd movement of Studio Recital piece
9:30 pm: Return to dorm, review Music Theory homework for Wednesday

Wednesday

6:00 am: Wake up, breakfast at the dorm
7:00 am: Tuba-Euphonium Morning Routine
8:00 am: Practice
9:00 am: Music Theory I
10:00 am: Creating the Critical Listener
11:00 am: Lunch with friends in the Student Union
12:00 pm: Goin' Band from Raiderland rehearsal
1:00 pm: Back to dorm to shower and relax
2:00 pm: Symphonic Band rehearsal
3:00 pm: Intro to Music Teaching
4:00 pm: Practice
5:00 pm: Back to dorm, relax
6:00 pm: Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble Rehearsal
8:00 pm: Back to dorm, Aural Skills and College Alegebra homework

Thursday

6:00 am: Wake up, breakfast at the dorm
7:00 am: Tuba-Euphonium Morning Routine
8:00 am: College Algebra
9:30 am: Aural Skills
11:00 am: Keyboard I
12:00 pm: Quick lunch in Student Union
12:30 pm: Goin' Band from Raiderland rehearsal
2:00 pm: Back to dorm, shower and relax
3:30 pm: Practice
5:00 pm: Attend "Teaching Thursday" presentation in the School of Music
6:00 pm: Dinner in Student Union, finish Music Theory homework for Friday
7:00 pm: Goin' Band from Raiderland Stadium Rehearsal 10:30 pm: Late-night movie at Alamo Drafthouse

Friday

8:00 am: Wake up, breakfast at the dorm
9:00 am: Music Theory I
10:00 am: Creating the Critical Listener
11:00 am: Lunch with friends in the Student Union
12:00 pm: Goin' Band from Raiderland rehearsal
1:00 pm: Back to dorm to shower and relax
2:00 pm: Symphonic Band rehearsal
3:00 pm: Practice
5:00 pm: Back to dorm, relax
6:00 pm: Dinner at dorm
7:00 pm: Finish all homework for Monday and Tuesday's classes
9:00 pm: Parents just arrived in town for the game--meet at Capital Pizza

Saturday

9:00 am: Wake up, breakfast at dorm
10:00 am: Practice
11:30 am: Lunch in Student Union
12:00 pm: Goin' Band rehearsal and fan performance
2:30 pm: March over to stadium
2:55 pm: March pre-game
3:00 pm: Kick-off
7:00 pm: Game over, march back to School of Music
8:00 pm: Return to help with stadium clean-up
9:30 pm: Out with friends

Sunday

10:00 am: Wake up, meet parents at Starbucks for breakfast
11:00 am: Church
12:30 pm: Sunday Brunch with parents at Cafe J, wish them a safe journey home
2:00 pm: Practice
4:00 pm: Catch last three quarters of Cowboys game
7:00 pm: Dinner with friends
8:30 pm: Watch a movie with friends in the dorm

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