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The Southern Miss tuba-euphonium studio, under the leadership of Dr. Richard Perry, averages sixteen to twenty students per year and includes talented players from across the Southeast, as well as other regions of the United States. The current roster includes students from Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, and Panama. The studio emphasizes the highest standards of performance, and the development of the total musicianship of the player.

Tuba/euphonium students are active performers both on and off campus. A number of student recitals are given each year. Southern Miss is also an active host of guest tuba and euphonium artists. Among those who have performed here recently are Øystein Baadsvik, Stacy Baker, Mike Dunn, Jamie Lipton, Joe Murphy, Gail Robertson, Joe Skillen, John Stevens, Demondrae Thurman, David Zerkel, and the Sotto Voce Quartet.

Students in the studio have won numerous awards, including state, national and international competitions. Alumni of the Southern Miss tuba/euphonium studio are active as performers and teachers at all levels throughout the United States and internationally. 

Recent Performances

The USM Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble is a select group of 14-16 players chosen by audition. 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 following international conferences:
  • 2016 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • 2010 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference (Tucson, Arizona)
  • 2008 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • 2002 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference (Greensboro, North Carolina)
  • 2000 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference (Regina, Saskatchewan)

As well as these regional conferences:

  • 2017 Southeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference (Tallahassee, Florida)
  • 2015 South Central Tuba-Euphonium Conference (Conway, Arkansas)
  • 2013 Southeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference (Jacksonville, Florida)
  • 2011 Southeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
  • 2007 Mississippi Bandmasters Association State Clinic (Tupelo, Mississippi)
  • 2003 Southeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) 


  • Members of the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble also participate in the Tuba/Euphonium Choir, which includes nearly every member of the tuba/euphonium studio and currently consists of twenty-one players. The Tuba/Euphonium Choir performs on campus once a semester.
  • There are also chamber groups formed by members of the ensemble, including the Gulf Coast Tuba Quartet and the Eu4ic Euphonium Quartet.
  • If you are interested in participating in the USM Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, please contact Dr. Perry. 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:


  • Holton Johnson (Gulfport, Mississippi) 
  • Simone Johnson (Hattiesburg, Mississippi) 
  • Daniel McAllister (Ellisville, Mississippi)
  • Christopher Nix (Pascagoula, Mississippi) 
  • Travis Pratt (Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Jonathan Sandoval (La Chorrera, Panama) 
  • Jessica Shirley (Meridian, Mississippi) 
  • Cody Swilley (Pensacola, Florida) 
  • Fernando Zuniga (Duncanville, Texas) 


  • Devin Boothe (Lucedale, Mississippi) 
  • Christopher Bryson (Fort Myers, Florida) 
  • Jacob Bush (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
  • Steven Dixon (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) 
  • Brian Evans (Hattiesburg, Mississippi) 
  • James Fair (Pace, Florida) 
  • Unity Feldmeyer (Long Beach, Mississippi) 
  • Ashley Glenn, Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee) 
  • Milton Hicks (Taylorsville, Mississippi) 
  • Sean Mason (Vicksburg, Mississippi)
  • Ethan Mitchell (Crestview, Florida) 
  • Allen Parrish (Panama City, Florida) 
  • Eyan Ridler (Bay St. Louis, Mississippi) 
  • Kyle Williams (Slidell, Louisiana)

Other Performance Opportunities 

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 Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra presents an average of six subscription concerts per season in.

There are also chamber music opportunities in student brass quintets and tuba/euphonium quartets. Student chamber ensembles play on University brass recital classes (held several times each month) and are often hired for freelance playing as well.  

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