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April 23, 2004

Tuba Players Present Two Concerts To End The Year, April 29 And May 1

Tuba player David Spies and his tuba and euphonium students at the University of Iowa School of Music will wrap up the 2003-04 school year with two concerts celebrating their low-voiced instruments.

Spies will direct the UI Collegium Tubum -- an ensemble of tubas together with its tenor-range relative, the euphonium -- in its Spring Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building; and his students will present a studio recital in honor of International Tuba Day at noon Saturday, May 1, in Voxman Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Both concerts will be free and open to the public.

For the April 29 concert, the Collegium Tubum will present a diverse program featuring arrangements of music by Renaissance and Baroque composers, contemporary works originally composed for tuba-euphonium ensemble, and settings of sea chanties, jazz and folk music. The concert will close with an all-tuba arrangement of John Philip Sousa's march dedicated to the U.S. Marine Corps, "Semper Fideles."

"It is important for students to have a varied and broad exposure to as many musical styles as possible," Spies said. "By programming works outside the standard experience of these instrumentalists, Collegium Tubum allows tuba and euphonium students to gain valuable musical insight for their future educational development."

On Saturday, May 1, students in Spies' tuba/euphonium studio will present a studio recital consisting of solo and ensemble performances. The program is the UI contribution to International Tuba Day. Annually scheduled the first Saturday in May, International Tuba Day is an effort to promote tuba and euphonium performance at music schools and universities worldwide.

Among the works on the program will be an arrangement of a Sonata by George Frideric Handel, the Fantasia for tuba by Gordon Jacob, Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Six Studies in English Folk Song" and a Quartet for Tubas by Frank Lynn Payne.

Spies teaches euphonium and tuba, coaches brass chamber music and performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet as a visiting faculty member at the UI School of Music. Spies previously served for seven years on the faculty of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, during which time he also taught at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Spies is an active performer and teacher throughout the United States. In addition to numerous solo recitals, he has performed with the Milwaukee, Cedar Rapids, Fort Worth, Shreveport, New Haven and Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestras, Dallas Wind Symphony and U.S. Coast Guard Band. As principal tubist with the North Texas Wind Symphony he has recorded 10 compact disks for the Klavier Wind Recording Project, several recordings with the First Brigade Civil War Brass Band of Watertown, Wis., and recordings for both Centaur and Mark Records.

A freelance musician in Dallas-Fort Worth for nearly a decade, he has performed with popular artists including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, LeAnn Rimes, Roy Clark and James Taylor. An active chamber musician as well, Spies has performed with the New York Woodwind Quintet, Meridian Arts Ensemble and the Canadian Brass.

Currently the managing editor for the International Tuba-Euphonium Association (ITEA) web site, Spies is also a reviewer for the "New Materials" column of the ITEA Journal. He was twice selected Outstanding Graduate Student in Instrumental Studies at the University of North Texas, where he completed his doctorate. He is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Yale University, where he was awarded the first Artist Diploma ever to be received by a low brass musician.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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