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Publication Date

Spring 4-12-2014

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Velvet Brown, tuba

Alanna Cushing, piano

The Festival Tuba/Euphonium Quartet:

John Keys,Michael Stroeher, euphonium

Tyler Davis, George Palton, tuba

Marshall University Tubonium Ensemble:

Dr. George Palton, director

Chip Gue, Allison Eason, Seth Edwards, Emma Hensley, Pat Oliver, Ralph Taylor, euphonium

Tyler Davis, Hunter Helm, L.B. Oliver, Guy Parker, Anthony Reynolds, Dwayne Russell, tuba

Guest Clinic-2:30PM Smith Music Hall Choir Room:

Marshall University Department of Music students will perform for Velvet Brown:

Tyler Davis, tuba

Seth Edwards, Brianna Williams, euphonium

Feature Recital-4:00PM:

Velvet Brown, tuba

Alanna Cushing, piano

Velvet Brown enjoys a professional performance career as an international soloist, chamber ensemble performer, recording artist, conductor, and orchestral player. She has made regular appearances throughout Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Finland, France, England, Hungary, Slovenia, Russia, Japan, Canada and the United States. Having performed with jazz and commercial artists regarded as some of the most influential musicians of all time, including Howard Johnson, Roger Kellaway, and Doc Severinsen, she felt inspired to explore new territories in her music career. As a consequence, influenced also by some personal experiences, she decided to explore in music how life events shape one's creativity and thus started a veritable music renaissance, which involves soul-searching musical patterns and a more profound relationship with the audience. She is the co-founder of MOJATUBA: Tuba and Dance Fusion Project, is in her 8th year as lead tuba with Howard Johnson's "Gravity" Tuba Jazz Ensemble, and is the founder of the Velvet Brown Trio.

Ms. Brown is currently the principal tubist of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. She has served as principal tuba with the River City Brass band, guest principal with the Lahti Philharmonic in Finland and as substitute or additional tubist with the Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, San Francisco Women's Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. She has also garnered high praise as a founding and current member of Stiletto Brass Quintet, Monarch Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble, the Junction Tuba Quartet, and the Pennsylvania Brassworks. Moreover, she is also a founding board member of the International Women's Brass Conference.

Ms. Brown is Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State in 2003, she taught at Bowling Green State University (Ohio), Ball State University (Indiana), and served as an associate director of University Bands at Boston University. Many of her successful students have won prestigious playing and teaching positions and were prizewinners at various regional, national and international competitions. She has released four solo CDs, and has collaborated on several other recordings as a soloist and ensemble member, such as Stiletto Brass Quintet with Doc Severinsen. Also notable is her interpretation of John Williams' Tuba Concerto on Albany Records. Future CD releases include a Fall 2013 recording with Howard Johnson's "Gravity" and a 2014 Stiletto Brass "Holiday" recording with Doc Severinsen. Velvet Brown is a Besson/Buffet/Melton/Meinl Weston Performing Artist, performing on the MW 2250 and 2182 F tubas, and the MW 2000 C tuba. She is also a performing artist for Denis Wick mouthpieces, mutes, and accessories


Smith Music Hall

Library of Congress Authorities

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. Zauberflöte. Hölle Rache

Szentpáli, Roland

Raum, Elizabeth, 1945-

Meza, Vinicio, 1968-

York, Barbara, 1949-

King, Karl, 1891-1971

Dykes, John Bacchus, 1823-1876. Melita

Giacchino, Michael. Star trek. Selections

Nowlin, Ryan

Victoria, Tomás Luis de, approximately 1548-1611. Masses (1592). Missa O magnum mysterium

Fauré, Gabriel, 1845-1924. Pavan, orchestra, op. 50, F♯ minor

Stevens, John, 1951- Power


recitals, tuba, euphonium, arrangements


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Marshall University Music Department Presents a Tuba & Euphonium Day 2014, Featuring Velvet Brown