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 > 2012 Concert Season > Concert 2

Concert 2
September 23, 2012 • 4:00 P.M.
Big Rapids High School Auditorium

Tuba Bach Quartet

The Tuba Bach Quartet is an annual tradition of the music festival. This year, the distinguished quartet will feature performances of the music of Walt Disney.

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 ThurmanGAIL ROBERTSON earned her B.A. degree from the University of Central Florida and a M.M. in Euphonium Performance from Indiana University while serving as graduate assistant to Harvey Phillips. She postponed her doctoral studies at the University of Maryland with Dr. Brian L. Bowman to perform with the "Tubafours" at Walt Disney World, Orlando where she served as musical supervisor/chief arranger and produced a highly acclaimed CD, "Tubas Under the Boardwalk." She has recently resumed her doctoral studies as a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University studying with Phil Sinder and Ava Ordman. She has taught on the faculties of the University of Central Florida, Bethune-Cookman College, the University of Florida, Valencia, and Seminole Community Colleges and remains active as a teacher, adjudicator, composer, arranger and free-lance artist, both nationally and internationally.

Robertson is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Leonard Falcone Tuba and Euphonium Festival and the International Women's Brass Conference (IWBC). She has served as President of the IWBC and as a conference host in 2010 and 2006. She has also served on the Board of Directors and as Euphonium and Membership Coordinator of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA) and was the featured artist on the cover of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association Journal (Volume 38, Number 1, Fall 2010). In addition, she has served as President, Vice President and Personnel Manager of the Brass Band of Central Florida.

In May 2009, Gail recorded a new CD with Dr. Stacy Baker, Alex Thio, and Dr. Deb Eastwood, called "SymbiosisDuo." Several of the works recorded by the duo were newly commissioned works written especially for the duo. Composers include: Christopher Marshall, Brian Balmages, Chris Sharp, Kimberly Archer, T.O. Sterrett, and Phillip Bimstein. In 2007, Gail received Tau Beta Sigma's highest honor, the "Outstanding Service to Music Award." She has also been a clinician for the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.

Robertson has toured the U.S., Europe, China, and Japan with Keith Brion's "New Sousa Band" the Brass Band of Battle Creek, the Athena Brass Band, and the Brass Band of Central Florida. She has also performed with the Orlando based "Horns and Pipes" Brass and Percussion Ensemble, as well as the River City Brass Band, Jack Daniel's Silver Cornet Band, Euphoniums Unlimited, Symphonia, and SYMBIOSISDUO. Her published works and arrangements are available through GAR MUSIC,, and Tuba and Euphonium Press.

As a Willson Euphonium Artist, Robertson's euphonium of choice is a Willson 2950TA with a Warburton/Gail Robertson mouthpiece.