Oct 11, 2012

BYU's Octubafest

By: Amberly Asay It is that time of year again. The air is crisp, kids are picking out their costumes, pumpkin is in everything, and the tubas are out in droves. For the past 30 years Dr. Steven Call has held the annual Octubafest at BYU. This year the festival will run October 17-20, beginning at 7:30 pm in the Madsen Recital Hall. The event is free. Call has been a member of the Music Faculty at Brigham Young University since 1979 where he currently teaches tuba, euphonium and jazz studies. He is enthusiastic about the tuba and all it has to offer. "I wanted to create an event in which the tuba and members of the tuba family (euphonium and baritone horn) have a chance to be featured,” Call said. “Often these instruments play a more supportive role in orchestras and bands, and are not thought of as solo instruments." Call wanted to remind us that Octubafest is not only a series of concerts, but also a calibration of low brass instruments with fun, entertaining music. "We always have a full or nearly full house at the concerts in the Madsen Recital Hall," Call said. "We have a workshop on Saturday for musicians of all ages. There are clinics, master classes, and a rehearsal for guests who will play in a large tuba-euphonium ensemble for the “Grand Octubafest Concert” on Saturday Night." The guest artist this year is Patrick Sheridan. Sheridan is one of the most celebrated soloists in Tuba instrument’s history. He has performed more than 3, 000 concerts in over 50 countries. He has even played in the White House, NBA half-time shows, the Today Show and on NPR’s All Things Considered.

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