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 > 2011 Concert Season > Concert 2

Concert 2
September 18, 2011 • 4:00 P.M.
Big Rapids High School Auditorium

Tuba Bach Quartet

The Tuba Bach Quartet artists include: Dr. Charles Guy, tuba, from the Crane School of Music, The State University of New York at Potsdam; Professor Philip Sinder, tuba, from Michigan State University College of Music; Professor Demondrae Thurman, euphonium, from The University of Alabama; and Dr. Edward K. Mallett, euphonium, internationally recognized tuba and euphonium performance artist.  Featured annually in the Tuba Bach festival, this distinguished quartet will present music from a variety of genres, and will also perform several numbers with the Big Rapids High School Madrigal Choir.

This concert is made possible through the generous support of

Guest Artists Appearing with Edward Mallett:

Philip SinderPHILIP SINDER is professor of tuba and euphonium at the Michigan State University College of Music. His students are found in performance and teaching positions throughout the United States, and have won awards in numerous performance competitions. Sinder has performed with many leading ensembles, including the Detroit Symphony, Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Houston Symphony. He is a founding member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and also performs frequently with the Lansing Symphony and the Beaumont Brass Quintet of MSU. His solo tuba recording, “Aerodynamics”, has received strong critical acclaim, and he has performed on over 15 other ensemble recordings. He has also commissioned/premiered over a dozen works featuring tuba. Sinder served as an associate editor for the “New Tuba Source Book” (2006), published by Indiana University Press. He currently serves as chairman for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, and since 2005 has been a Valade Teaching Fellow at the Interlochen Arts Camp. Sinder earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music degree from Wichita State University. arrow Website

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