The Tuba/Euphonium ensemble currently consists of sixteen members and includes talented players from across the Southeast. The current roster includes students from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oregon, and Texas.
The ensemble performs the highest quality literature available for tuba/euphonium ensemble, ranging from transcriptions of early music to contemporary literature and jazz. Many of the pieces are composed or arranged by the members of the ensemble.
The USM Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble performs one concert on campus each semester, and several more off-campus concerts each year. The ensemble has performed at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conferences in Regina, Saskatchewan (2000), Greensboro, North Carolina (2002), Cincinnati, Ohio (2008), and Tucson, Arizona (2010); at the Southeastern Tuba-Euphonium Conferences in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (2003) and Chattanooga, Tennessee (2011); and the 2007 Mississippi Bandmasters Association State Conference.
If you are interested in participating in the USM Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, please contact Dr. Richard Perry at 601.266.6441 or via e-mail at Richard.H.Perry@usm.edu.
Euphonium players should be familiar with bass clef. A limited number of instruments are available to students, so you need not bring your own.
The current roster of the USM Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble is:
Quinton Parker, Stateline, MS
Dawn Hunt, Ocean Springs, MS
Doug Curttright, Austin, TX
Jakob Wisdom, Pensacola, FL
Jonathan Helmick, Akron, OH
Kyle Northington, Pace, FL
Keith Meek, Lakeland, FL
Asia Butler, Gulfport, MS
Gary Cook, Sumrall, MS
James Martz, Zanesville, OH
Mackenzie Edgley, Portland, OR
Tracy Bedgood, Vicksburg, MS
Justin Buford, Mobile, AL
Demetrius Robinson, Mobile, AL
Carter McMillan, Bay Minette, AL
Taylor Thompson, Ridgeland, MS
Stephen Foxworth, Foxworth, MS
Andrew Heaton, Bay St. Louis, MS
Luke Johns, Ridgeland, MS
Victor Lyons, Jackson, MS
Besides the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, tuba and euphonium students have many other ensemble opportunities at USM, including the internationally acclaimed Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Winds, and the Concert Band. The famous “Pride of Mississippi” Marching Band is a very vital part of the musical and athletic life at USM, as are the Athletic Pep Bands that perform at football and basketball events. The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents an average of six subscription concerts per season in Hattiesburg and has begun to host a variety of annual events, including the American Honor Orchestra Conference and the American Orchestral Institute.
There are also chamber music opportunities in student brass quintets and tuba/euphonium quartets. Student chamber ensembles play on University brass recitals (held several times each month) and are often hired for freelance playing as well. A tuba/euphonium quartet from USM won the International Tuba/Euphonium Quartet Competition at ITEC in Regina, and another quartet was invited to the semifinals of the 2002 International Tuba/Euphonium Quartet competition.