Brass Band of Northern Virginia

The Brass Band of Northern Virginia was founded in November 2019 by a group of friends who shared a passion for British-style brass band music and a desire to grow an active and sustainable organization. The band's mission is to share high-quality performances consisting of both the established brass band repertoire and new and innovative brass band programming for the enjoyment and education of the community and to participate in the rich brass band contesting tradition.

Mirroring the organization of the famous brass bands of the UK and Europe, the band draws players from a wide variety of professional and avocational musical backgrounds in surrounding Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland metropolitan areas. Our music director is world-renowned Euphonium soloist Dr. Brian Bowman. The Brass Band of Northern Virginia staged community outreach concerts, masterclasses for student brass players, chamber music performances, and published recordings, all in our first three years. 

In 2020 The BBNV placed in the Cory Band's International virtual Brass Band contest with its submission of “The Artist's Way” of Modest Mussorgsky's “Pictures at an Exhibition”, Philip Wilby's “Lowry's Sketchbook” and Anthony Plog's Trumpet Concerto No. 3. They also won most entertaining video in their class. This year the band has an active schedule of 10 separate programs in the DC and Northern Virginia area.

Brass Mammoth

Brass Mammoth was founded in 2022 to pursue a high level of musicianship in a fun, flexible, and inventive way. The group seeks to perform and expand the standard euphonium-tuba quartet repertoire while branching out into world music, jazz, folk, and other styles. The members of Brass Mammoth bring a wealth of experience to the group as performers and educators. Collectively they have released 15 solo and chamber albums, won first place in dozens of solo competitions, appeared as soloists around the world, and have performed with leading ensembles including the Brass Band of Battle Creek, the River City Brass Band, and the symphony orchestras of Los Angeles, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Grand Rapids, San Antonio, West Virginia, and Tulsa. Their diverse backgrounds include composing and arranging, jazz performing, conducting, studio work, and adjudicating. They each hold a doctorate in music performance and are active as university professors.

Established in the Fall of 2021, the A2BA Quartet is composed of graduate euphonium and tuba students at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance featuring Ellen Lee (MM - Euphonium), Matthew Wise (MM - Trombone), Will Halloran (MM - Tuba), and Nathan Shook (DMA - Tuba) from Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, and Ohio, respectively. The ensemble has performed at several universities in the midwest, participated in local outreach initiatives, and commissioned new works. The group won 1st price at the 2022 Midwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference ensemble competition in Lexington, Kentucky and most recently placed 3rd in the 2023 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Tempe, Arizona. Individuals of the ensemble have been recognized at regional, national, and international competitions and festivals. A primary goal for the A2ba Quartet is to provide accessible professional audio/video recordings of standard quartet repertoire to serve as a resource and model for many years to come. Current and previous members of the quartet enjoy widely diverse careers and interests in the field of music and are in constant demand as local educators and performers. 

Collegium Tubum is the tuba-euphonium ensemble from the University of Iowa and is directed by Professor John Manning. The ensemble performs regularly on campus, across the state of Iowa and has performed at numerous regional and international ITEA conferences, including ITEC 2008 in Cincinnati, ITEC 2010 in Tucson, ITEC 2016 in Knoxville, VTEC 2021, ITEC 2019 in Iowa City, and ITEC 2023 in Tempe at the University of Arizona. 

Some of their annual traditions include performing a set of polkas at the Amana Colonies Oktoberfest, a children’s concert called Spooky Tubas at the Coralville Public Library, and studio recitals at the University of Iowa each Fall and Spring semester. Some of their outreach events have included numerous TubaHawks Workshops, playing for ceremonies and local events, and their annual Holiday Tubas concert each December, where they collect toy donations for the local Domestic Violence Intervention Project

The Glenville State University Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble is from Glenville, West Virginia and under the direction of Dr. Lloyd E. Bone Jr. It is composed of undergraduate music majors and a few music alumni. The group has performed at the 2007 U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Workshop, all of the International Tuba and Euphonium Conferences (ITEC) from 2008-2019 as well as several West Virginia Music Education Association Conferences. Since 2007 we have developed a reputation of “cutting-edge” creative performances. A few examples include our performance at the 2014 Indian University ITEC of our tuba and euphonium ensemble operetta, “The Last Beer,” our performance at the 2016 University of Tennessee ITEC of our tuba and euphonium ensemble music reality show, “Cut-Throat Composers,” as well as our performance at the 2019 University of Iowa ITEC of our “wrestling” program, “Tuba Mania…Backyard Brawl! (Tuba and Euphonium Wrastlin!).”   

The Ithaca College Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble is an ensemble devoted to providing performance opportunities for the Ithaca College campus community of tuba and euphonium enthusiasts.  This ensemble is open to any IC student and includes members of the IC Tuba/Euphonium studio alongside non-majors, students pursuing secondary instruments, and several active alumni who teach in central New York.  A central mission of the Ithaca College Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble is to highlight student works and this group has premiered dozens of new IC student compositions and arrangements since 2018.  The Ithaca College Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble has performed at the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference in both 2019 (Iowa City, Iowa) and in 2023 (Tempe, Arizona) in addition to their regular concert appearances in Ithaca, New York.  

The Kennesaw State University Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble is entirely comprised of undergraduate music majors and non-music majors. The group was an invited ensemble to ITEC 2019 in Iowa, and its members both performed at and assisted with the production of SERTEC 2022 at KSU. The smaller chamber ensembles pulled from this group often compete in regional and national competitions and have secured several placements over the past few years. As a group, the ensemble seeks to engage with a variety of musical styles from different eras each semester and puts an emphasis on funding projects to support the creation of new compositions and arrangements. Between their full ensemble and chamber ensemble assignments, these students present 3-5 live performances each semester across their campus and local community. Our goal remains simple: to bring great music to life, to entertain our audiences, and to spread recognition and awareness of these beautiful instruments and this somewhat unknown - but very fulfilling - ensemble setting. 

The euphonium and tuba have been in existence for 180 and 188 years respectively, however during that time, the exchange and participation of Latin American artists has been minimal.

The main cause for this is that about 30 years ago, the euphonium and tuba did not have a noticable development in Latin American culture. Fortunately, this has changed and the exchange has been increasing for the past two decades showing the evolution of our instruments in the region.

We are proud and happy to present for the first time in the history of the U.S. Army Band tuba/euphonium Workshop a chamber group made up by four Latin American musicians. Hiram Diaz, Cuba - Euphonium; Caio Cesar, Brasil - Euphonium; David Lopez, Colombia - Tuba; and Patricio Cosentino, Argentina - Tuba.

The "Latin American Euph-Tuba Power" aims to take Latin American music to other latitudes and to show the development of our instruments in the region thanks to the pedagogical work that many teachers ahve been carrying out for the past 20 years.

The Northern Lights Duo is an international collaboration between Bente Illevold (Norway) and David Earll (U.S.A.) that brings the euphonium and tuba to concert halls, classrooms, and beyond!   

Founded in 2018, the Northern Lights Duo travels the world to showcase engaging new music for euphonium and tuba.  Beyond their appearances in concert halls throughout the United States, Spain, Norway, and Germany the Northern Lights Duo also works actively to promote euphonium/tuba pedagogy by providing masterclasses and special lectures for aspiring and amateur musicians.  Their upcoming season will include tours in Illinois, Arkansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Germany, and Cyprus. 

The Northern Lights Duo is dedicated to performing vibrant, engaging, and entertaining music for the euphonium and tuba to new audiences and to serve as educational/musical ambassadors for students and music enthusiasts around the world.

Bente Illevold comes from Rendalen in Østerdalen and plays the euphonium. Over the past few years, she has left her mark as an innovative performer and has gained recognition for her performances of several new works for the instrument, both at home and abroad. She has a master’s degree from the Norwegian Academy of Music and has performed with several of the country’s professional bands and orchestras. Bente is passionate about expanding the euphonium repertoire and allowing the instrument to unfold in new constellations and contexts. She works daily as a freelance musician and is regularly invited as a guest teacher at the country’s educational institutions and as a soloist at international festivals.  

David Earll joined the Ithaca College School of Music in 2018 and presently serves as Assistant Professor of Tuba/Euphonium. David also currently performs with The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra as Acting Principal Tubist, The International Willson Low Brass Quintet, with The Syracuse Symphony/Symphoria, and the Ithaca Brass. David is in demand as a solo artist, chamber musician, and clinician in both the United States and abroad. Beyond his active work in North America, David has also performed in Hong Kong, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Norway, Spain, the Netherlands, and Israel.  David studied with both Sam Pilafian and Deanna Swoboda during his graduate work at Arizona State University and has received international awards for his research and artistic endeavors. 

The Oklahoma State University Tuba Euphonium Ensemble is a large chamber ensemble committed to excellence in music and highlighting unique voices and perspectives through the medium of chamber music. The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Ryan Robinson and Dr. Nicholas Beltchev. 

The ensemble performs a wide variety of repertoire ranging from standards of the tuba and euphonium ensemble repertoire to contemporary works and transcriptions. Iterations of the ensemble perform regularly both on campus and off. Recent highlights include a performance at the 50th anniversary of the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Tempe, Arizona. Additionally, multiple groups from within the ensemble have toured the region and performed for hundreds of middle school and high school students.  

The Oklahoma State University Tuba Euphonium Ensemble is made up of students from all over the United States. Former and current members of the ensemble are finalists and winners of numerous competitions, awards, and professional teaching positions. 

In the heartland of America, where the melodies of the Missouri River mingle with the vibrant rhythms of the city, the UMKC Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble stands as a testament to the power of harmony in the world of conical low brass. This exceptional ensemble, comprised of a diverse group of talented musicians, has not only made a significant impact on the local music scene but has also captured the hearts of audiences far and wide. The UMKC Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble has appeared in several ITECs, the U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Conference, and all the regional conferences. The ensemble is directed by Professor Jarrett McCourt, Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory. 

The University of Kentucky “Conner” Ensemble is named after Rex Conner, who became the first full-time teacher of tuba and euphonium in American history when he began teaching at the University of Kentucky in 1960. The Conner Ensemble is comprised of University of Kentucky Tuba-Euphonium Studio members at the doctoral, masters, and undergraduate level. The ensemble is conducted by Dr. Brandon Smith and has been an active participant in international, national, and regional conferences.  

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble was founded in 2009 under the direction of Dr. Scott Roeder. Since its creation, the ensemble has quickly gained national and international acclaim. In 2012 the UTRGV Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble performed at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference and Brass Festival Linz in Linz, Austria as one of only a handful of tuba-euphonium ensembles from the United States to be invited to perform. The ensemble has also performed at the 2014, 2016, 2019, and 2023 International Tuba Euphonium Conferences and has been a regular performing group at ITEA Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conferences around the country and at the Texas Music Educators Association State Convention. Additionally, in 2017 the ensemble performed in Washington DC at the US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Tuba Euphonium Workshop. The ensemble also performs regular concerts at UTRGV and outreach concerts for the surrounding public school music programs. Current and former members of the ensemble have advanced or placed in numerous national and international competitions and perform in professional music ensembles across South Texas. 

As advocates of new music, The UTRGV Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble has premiered original works and arrangements for tuba euphonium ensemble. In additional the ensemble and studio has hosted numerous Guest Artists such as Øystein Baadsvik, Steven Mead, Demondrae Thurman, Patrick Sheridan, Roland Szentpali, Thomas Leleu, and Ben Pierce. 

Originally formed in 2022, the Gator Tuba Quartet serves as the premiere tuba euphonium quartet at the University of Florida. While the group is fairly new, the ensemble aims to perform a variety of music on a yearly basis. Current members of the ensemble, Morgan Skelley, Kannon Goodman, Arthur Allison, and Luke Plugge are each members of the University of Florida Tuba Euphonium Studio, under the direction of Dr. Danielle VanTuinen. The Gator Tuba Quartet’s goals reach beyond performing at a high level, the group also strives for campus and community outreach, performing around UF’s beautiful campus and traveling to local middle and high schools. The quartet is looking forward to being a part of the 2024 Army Tuba Euphonium Workshop in Fort Myer, VA in January.