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 > 2010 Concert Season > Concert 1

Concert 1
Sunday, September 12, 2010 • 4:00 P.M.

8ba (tuba x 4)

CHARLES GUY, DEMONDRAE THURMAN, AND CLINTON McCANLESS join Dr Edward Mallett in opening the fifth anniversary season of the Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival in a program featuring the Tuba Bach Tuba Quartet with special guests Big Rapids chamber brass CON BRIO VOCE.

Big Rapids High School Auditorium, Big Rapids, MIarrow Map

This concert is made possible through the generous support of
Baker's Mgt Services

Guest Artists Appearing with Edward Mallett:

Charles GuyCHARLES GUY, associate professor of music, joined the Crane School of Music faculty in the fall of 2002. His duties include instructing the Tuba-Euphonium studio, directing the Crane Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, coaching chamber music, and teaching the tuba component of Brass Techniques. He performs with the Potsdam Brass Quintet, Orchestra of Northern New York, and the Northern Symphonic Winds as well as serving as substitute for the Syracuse Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras. 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 2008 Howard Hovey Tuba Day, 2003 and 2005 Northeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference and the 2004 United States Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference. 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.
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Demondrae ThurmanDEMONDRAE THURMAN is considered one of the stars of the formidable generation of brass soloists. His euphonium playing has been described as “awe inspiring”, and he is touted as “an amazing musician”. Demondrae has a firm international reputation as a euphonium soloist having performed in France, Germany, England, Norway, Romania, and throughout North America. Many of America’s premiere colleges and universities have hosted him as a performer and teacher and he continues to be in high demand. Over the last ten years, Demondrae has been an invited guest artist/clinician at many of the world’s prestigious euphonium festivals including the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the Leonard Falcone Competition. His primary teachers are John Stevens, J. Michael Dunn, James Jenkins, and Daniel Drill.

Demondrae is also an active chamber musician. He plays first euphonium and trombone in the highly regarded Sotto Voce Quartet which tours extensively. The quartet has released three recordings on the Summit Records label; all of which have received stellar reviews. Viva Voce!: The Complete Quartets of Johns Stevens won the International Tuba/Euphonium Association award for best chamber music recording in 2006. The quartet has been featured several times on American Public Media’s, Performance Today. He also plays first baritone horn in the Brass Band of Battle Creek, a British brass band comprised of many of the world’s best brass and percussion performers. In addition to his chamber music work, Demondrae is in demand as a euphonium specialist for symphony orchestras including the Atlanta, Eastern Music Festival, and North Carolina Symphony Orchestras.

In addition to the Sotto Voce Quartet recordings, Demondrae released his first solo recording on the Summit Records label in 2005 entitled, Soliloquies. It received a 9/9 out of 10/10 from and he was referred to as “having earned (his) stripes as one of the premiere euphonium players in the world”. Showing his dedication to new music, all of the music on the recording was written for him or with his playing in mind. His second release, Songs of a Wayfarer, is set for release in 2010. Demondrae can also be heard on recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the New South Jazz Orchestra.

Currently, Demondrae is Associate Professor of Euphonium and Tuba and Chair of the Brass Area at the University of Alabama. His students have been extremely successful having won many of the prestigious international competitions for low brass. He is also teaches at the annual Miraphone Academy.

Demondrae Thurman is a Miraphone Performing Artist and plays exclusively the Miraphone 5050 Ambassador “Edition” euphonium which was designed specifically for him. He also plays the custom “Demondrae” model mouthpiece manufactured by Warburton Music Products. arrow Website

Philip SinderOriginally from the Chicago area, CLINT McCANLESS is currently completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Michigan State University. He holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education, and a Masters of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

In addition to being a winner of the 2009 Honors Concert Competition at MSU, Clinton has won first prize at the 2008 International Tuba Euphonium Association competition, and the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba competition in 2009. He has been featured as a soloist with the Chicago Brass Band, MSU Wind Symphony, and the ITEC Festival Orchestra in Ohio.  As an ensemble musician, Clinton performs regularly with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra as well as other orchestras throughout Michigan, and recently performed several concerts on tour with the Dallas Brass.

Clinton is an active educator, having taught at summer programs at the University of Illinois, Michigan State University, and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.  He has held several collegiate teaching positions, including Lecturer of Music at Oakland University, and graduate assistantships at both Illinois and Michigan State. Clinton is currently on the music faculty at Spring Arbor University, where he teaches lessons to brass majors and classes in music appreciation.

CON BRIO VOCE Chamber Brass is an ensemble founded in 2009 by former Big Rapids High School Director of Bands Kent Boulton. Con Brio
Voce is dedicated to the performance of chamber music within the setting of principally full brass instrumentation. The goal of this aproximately 25-30 member ensemble is to provide a quality musical experience in the Big Rapids area utilizing the extensive talents of community members, Big Rapids High School Alumni and select high school students. arrow Website

KENT BOULTON, a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, retired in 2007 after 30 years of teaching, 23 of which were as Director of Bands at Big Rapids High School. Under his direction, bands earned over 100 First Division ratings and were selected to perform four times at the prestigious state sponsored music conference - now know as the Michigan Music Conference - and once at the Western Michigan University Spring Conference on Wind and Percussion Music. In addition to those outstanding full ensembles, Mr. Boulton also established a model chamber music program, which became known statewide for its uniqueness and excellence, receiving numerous small ensemble nominations and subsequent selections to the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, the premier arts event for high school students in Michigan. Mr. Boulton was nominated twice as Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association's Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for the award in 2005.

Currently, Mr. Boulton composes and arranges music primarily for chamber ensembles and has created the publishing company, Chamber Music Works, to help promote and market his compositions. To date, he has had several of his works performed around Michigan at various MSBOA sponsored events as well as receiving commissions to compose for the Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival.