Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival

The Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Since its inception in 2006, Tuba Bach has brought hundreds of exceptional musicians from around the world, across the United states, and from every corner of our state to present concerts and educational programming in West-Central Michigan, free of charge and available to all.


Past Seasons Archive > 2009 Concert Season > Concert 4

Concert 4
October 4, 2008 • 4:00 P.M.

Happy Octuba!

Presented by:
Ice Mountain
Ferris State University Copy Center
Big Rapids Public Schools
• Pediatric Associates of Big Rapids & Obstetrics and Gynecology of Big Rapids
• Drs. Mike and kathy Mekaru & Dr. Fred and Diane Guenther

Big Rapids High School Auditorium, Big Rapids, MIarrow Map

Guest Artists Appearing with Edward Mallett:

Philip SinderPHILIP SINDER is professor of tuba and euphonium and a member of the faculty quintet "Beaumont Brass" at the Michigan State University College of Music.

He received a Bachelor of Music Education and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music from Wichita State University. Sinder has performed as tubist with the Detroit Symphony, the Michigan Opera Theatre, the Houston Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Wichita Symphony, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival, the Lansing Symphony, and the Brass Band of Battle Creek. He has a solo tuba CD, Aerodynamics, on Mark Records (1995). Sinder is a former faculty member of the Shepherd School of Music and Rice University. He is currently a member of the board of trustees for the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. arrow Website

Charles GuyCHARLES GUY teaches tuba, euphonium and is the director of the Crane Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble at The Crane School of Music, The State University of New York - Potsdam. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Michigan State University and the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Akron. Active as a soloist, recent conference and workshop performances include the 2004 United States Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference, the 2003 Northeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference and the 2002 and 2003 Symphonia Tuba and Euphonium Workshops. He performs with the Potsdam Brass Quintet, the Orchestra of Northern New York and Northern Symphonic Winds and has played the Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony and Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestras. In 1999 he won the Artist Division of Leonard Falcone International Solo Competition and has since served as an adjudicator for the competition. In the summers he is the tuba and euphonium instructor at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. He is a clinician for DEG Music and Willson Tubas.

Demondrae ThurmanDEMONDRAE THURMAN is quickly becoming one of the most recognized names in a new generation of euphonium soloists. A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Demondrae studied euphonium, trombone and conducting at the University of Alabama and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While studying in Tuscaloosa, Demondrae was the first ever undergraduate to perform solo with the Alabama Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Gerald Welker. In 1995, with that ensemble, he premiered Sinfonia Concertante by Dr. Frederic Goossen.

In 2004, he performed the solo euphonium part in Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote and Gustav Holst’s The Planets with the Atlanta and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras respectively. In 2003, he was a finalist for the Philip Jones International Solo Competition held in Alsace, France. In 2002, he served as guest artist and adjudicator at the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference held in Greensboro, NC and the prestigious Leonard Falcone Euphonium/Tuba Competition held at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Whitehall, MI. He was also a guest artist at the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Army Band Tuba/Euphonium Conferences, the 2000 U.S. Army Ground Forces Tuba/Euphonium Conference, and the 2000 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference held in Regina, Canada.

Demondrae is also an active chamber musician. He is a founding member of the highly acclaimed Sotto Voce Tuba Quartet, winner of both international tuba quartet competitions in 1998. Since then, Sotto Voce has performed at several major conferences including the 2004 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference held in Budapest, Hungary, two U.S. Army Band Conferences in addition to many colleges and universities around the country. Demondrae plays first baritone horn with the world renowned Brass Band of Battle Creek and is a member of the trombone quartet Quatuor du Sud.

Currently, Mr. Thurman teaches at The University of Alabama where he is Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium. Before accepting this position in 2005, he taught at Alabama State University, the University of Montevallo, and Troy State University.

Demondrae Thurman is a Besson performing artist and plays Besson euphoniums and baritone horns and the Demondrae model mouthpiece designed by Warburton exclusively.