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 5

Concert 5
October 11, 2009 • 4:00 P.M.


Presented by:
Ferris State University Instrumental Ensembles
• Baker's Management Service
Mecosta County Medical Center
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Big Rapids High School Auditorium, Big Rapids, MIarrow Map

Guest Artists Appearing with Edward Mallett:

David R. GilinghamDAVID R. GILLINGHAM - David Gillingham earned Bachelor and Master Degrees in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the PhD in Music Theory/Composition from Michigan State University. Dr. Gillingham has an international reputation for the works he has written for band and percussion. Many of these works are now considered standards in the repertoire. His commissioning schedule dates well into the first decade of the 21st century. His numerous awards include the 1981 DeMoulin Award for Concerto for Bass Trombone and Wind Ensemble and the 1990 International Barlow Competition (Brigham Young University) for Heroes, Lost and Fallen. Dr. Gillingham's works have been recorded by Klavier, Sony and Summit and Centaur. His works are regularly performed by nationally recognized ensembles including the Prague Radio Orchestra, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, The University of Georgia Bands, North Texas University Wind Ensemble, Michigan State University Wind Ensemble, Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble, University of Oklahoma Wind Ensemble, Florida State Wind Ensemble, University of Florida (Miami) Wind Ensemble, University of Illinois Symphonic Band, Illinois State Wind Symphony, University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Indiana University Wind Ensemble and the University of Wisconsin Wind Ensemble. Also, nationally known artists, Fred Mills (Canadian Brass), Randall Hawes (Detroit Symphony) and Charles Vernon (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) have performed works by Dr. Gillingham. Over sixty of his works for band, choir, percussion, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments are published by C. Alan, Hal Leonard, Southern Music, Music for Percussion, Carl Fischer, MMB, T.U.B.A, I.T.A., and Dorn. Dr. Gillingham is a Professor of Music at Central Michigan University and the recipient of and Excellence in Teaching Award (1990), a Summer Fellowship (1991 a Research Professorship (1995), and the recently, the President’s Research Investment Fund grant for his co-authorship of a proposal to establish an International Center for New Music at Central Michigan University. He is a member of ASCAP and has been receiving the ASCAP Standard Awared for Composers of Concert Music since 1996. arrow Website

Bruce BonnellBRUCE BONNELL - A chamber music specialist, Dr. Bonnell has enjoyed a successful career as orchestral performer, soloist, clinician and pedagogue on the horn and natural horn throughout North America and Southeast Asia. Born and raised in Newfoundland, Dr. Bonnell received his undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Performance from Memorial University and The Guildhall School of Music (London, England), receiving the President’s Medal for Music in 1990. He received his Master of Music from Northwestern University (Pi Kappa Lambda) in 1991 and a Doctor of Music at Indiana University in 2003. From 1997-98 he was Assistant Professor of horn and theory at Indiana State University and has been Assistant Professor of horn at Central Michigan University since 2000.

Dr. Bonnell’s orchestral experiences include Second Horn in the Hong Kong Philharmonic from 1991-1994, and Principal Horn in the Malaysian Philharmonic from 1998-2000 where he earned high praise for his playing from such notable maestros as Kurt Masur, Sir Neville Marriner, Kenneth Jean, David Atherton, Jan Pascal Tortelier and Hans Graf. He has performed with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony, Hull Chamber Orchestra, Bloomington Camerata, Pan Asian Symphony and is presently Principal Horn with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. Solo and chamber music highlights include the finals of the 1989 Canadian Music Competition, the 1998 Fischoff Chamber Music competition and recitals throughout North America and Southeast Asia.

An enthusiastic performer of new works for horn, Dr. Bonnell premiered David Gillingham’s Baker’s Dozen at the 2001 International Horn Symposium, Danzas Breves for Horn and Percussion by José-Luis Maúrtua at the 2004 Sound Symposium in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and gave the world premiere of David Gillingham’s Concerto for Horn and Symphonic Band in St. John’s, Newfoundland in May of 2007.

As a member of the Powers Woodwind Quintet, he has toured and performed throughout the Midwestern states and has worked with the group on several recording projects including “Brementown Musicians” released in 2006 on Centaur Records. Forthcoming releases include the Quintet performance on Dr. Kennen White’s recording of the Clarinet Music of Alvin Etler, also on the Centaur label, in 2008 and a new Powers Woodwind Quintet recording on the White Pine label of “Gems of the Woodwind Quintet Repertoire” due for release in 2009. In May of 2008, Dr. Bonnell released “Souvenirs: Chamber Music for Horn, Flute and Piano” with Italian flute virtuoso Vieri Bottazzini and acclaimed Canadian pianist Dr. Peter Green on Centaur Records. His teachers include William Costin, Kjellrun Hestekin, Michael Hatfield, Paul Tervelt, Richard Seraphinoff and Richard Bissill.

Mark CoxMARK S. COX, professor of tuba and euphonium at Central Michigan University, holds the bachelor of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in performance from the Eastman School of Music,
and a master of music degree in performance from Northwestern University. While attending the Eastman School of Music, he received the prestigious performer's certificate in tuba. Dr. Cox has
performed with numerous professional organizations, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (N.Y.), Midland (Michigan), and Penfield (N.Y.) Symphony Orchestras principal tubist, and Syracuse Symphony (N.Y.), Chicago Civic Orchestra (Il.), and the New World Symphony Orchestra (Florida) as substitute tubist. He has held faculty positions at the Eastman School of Music; State University of New York at Geneseo; Roberts Wesleyan College; Hochstein School of Music; and Nazareth College (Rochester, N.Y.). In the summer, Dr. Cox currently teaches at the Interlochen Arts Academy as tuba instructor for the Michigan Allstate Band program; Camp Timbers (sponsored by Herter Music) as a Yamaha Clinician, and the CMU Summer Band Camp as Low Brass Instructor. He has held the position of tuba and euphonium instructor at the New England Music Camp, a summer music institute in Maine for talented high school musicians. Dr. Cox is a board member (Music Coordinator and Web Designer) and is a regular adjudicator for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Solo Competition. He is also member of I.T.E.A. and the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

His teachers have included Cherry Beauregard, professor of tuba and euphonium at the Eastman School of Music, principal tubist with the Rochester Philharmonic and tubist with Eastman Brass Quintet; Arnold Jacobs, tubist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and breathing guru; Ronald Bishop, principal tubist with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra; Rex Conner, professor of tuba at the University of Kentucky at Lexington and instructor of tuba and euphonium at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan; and Roger Bobo, international recording artist and principal tubist with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Cox has performed in most of the major concert halls in the United States, Germany, and Japan and has performed with numerous international performers including: trumpeters Wynton Marsalis and Randy Brecker; saxophonists Branford Marsalis and John Herle; flutist James Galway; pianists Shura Cherkaski and Jeffrey Jacob; trombonist J.J. Johnson; and drummer Max Roach. Recordings on which Dr. Cox can be heard include: Carnaval (CBS Masterworks) with Wynton Marsalis and the Eastman Wind Ensemble; Pied Piper Fantasy (Sony) with James Galway and the Eastman Philharmonia; Live in Osaka (Sony) with the Eastman Wind Ensemble; Chorale Works of Anton Bruckner with the Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale; Music of Ingolf Dahl with the New World Symphony Orchestra; Music For Winds (Verda Stelo Music); Jump Right In (Music Education Series: G.A.A. Publications); and Magnetic Fireflies (White Pines Music) Dr. Cox gives seminars on teaching, performing, and offers his popular seminar, “Proper Breathing Techniques for Musicians,” throughout the United States. Dr. Cox’s students are active throughout Michigan and the United States, both as public school teachers and professional performers. His former students have won the Yamaha Young Artists Competition; placed in the artist division of the Leonard Falcone International Solo Competition; are members of Pershings’ Own, the top United States Army Band; Atlanta Symphony; and have had numerous solo performances around the nation.

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