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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 5


Concert 5
October 14, 2012 • 4:00 P.M.
Big Rapids High School Auditorium

The Alvin Waddles Trio

Tuba Bach welcomes back three performers who are no strangers to the Tuba Bach Festival stage. Alvin Waddles, Marion Hayden, and David Taylor have all taken part in several previous Tuba Bach concerts and return once again to join with Ed Mallett in the form of The Alvin Waddles Trio, having last appeared together as a trio for the fifth concert of the 2010 season.

Alvin Waddles Trio

Alvin WaddlesA native of Detroit, ALVIN B. WADDLES, III began studying the piano at the age of eight under the tutelage of Mrs. Gusseye Dickey, a respected educator in the city. It was she who first instilled in him a life-long love of classical music while encouraging the highest standards of scholarship and performance. It is to her influence that he attributes the meticulous and disciplined approach to his craft for which he is well known. He continued his studies at Cass Technical High School and later at the Interlochen Arts Academy completing his formal education at the University of Michigan School of Music.

After returning to the Detroit area he immediately immersed himself in the rich musical culture of the city, benefitting from the diverse influences that would eventually shape his own unique style. Mr. Waddles has worked in both the Detrois and Ann Arbor Public Schools as well as serving in the Music Ministries of several churches; among them, the historic New Bethel Baptist Church, Hartford Memorial Baptist and Hope United Methodist where he has served as the Director of Music since 1995. He has served as musical directyor and/or pianist for numerous theatrical productions including: The Wiz, Dreamgirls, Chorus Line, West Side Story, Sophisticated Ladies with Detroit Jazz legend Marcus Belgrave and the 1996 Detroit production of Black Nativity directed by Tony Award-Winner George Faison.

Mr. Waddles has performed at the 2004 Ford International Jazz Festival, the Detroit Taste Fest, “Too Hot to Handel” in Detroit and Chicago. Since 2004 has presented a Fats Waller revue with Marion Hayden and Charlie Gabriel. In 2003 he received the Detroit Musician’s Association award for excellence.

He is currently the musical director/pianist for Cook Dixon and Young formerly of the Three Mo’ Tenors. Mr. Waddles has been blessed to work with some of the world’s finest musicians - from Robert Shaw, Margaret Hillis, Brazeal Dennard Minister Thomas Whitfield, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Haley Westenra and Tramaine Hawkins.

He is the founder of the New Millennium Choral , a group of talented and anointed vocalists hand picked to spread the gospel of Hope, Joy, Strength and Peace as called upon. Still, it is his earnest belief that the greatest honor is to be chosen by God to do His work and he is constantly seeking new ways to align his prodigious gifts with the will of Christ.

Alvin is married to Attorney Lori Bobbitt-Waddles and they have four wonderful children.

Marion HaydenBorn in Detroit, MARION HAYDEN is one of the nation's finest proponents of the acoustic bass. She creates a rich, dark tone and a very advanced rhythmic concept. Classically trained, she honed he skills in private studies at the prestigious University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the many jam sessions in Detroit's various jazz clubs. An accomplished composer and educator, Hayden is bass instructor in the jazz department of Tri-C College, Cleveland Ohio, and is on faculty at the U of M School of Music. She has performed or recorded with such luminaries as Marcus Belgrave, Roy Brooks, Kirk Lightsey, Ralph Peterson, Kenny Burrell, Regina Carter and James Carter. Hayden’s mainstay on the Detroit scene is her band Straight Ahead, an all female ensemble that plays frequently around the Detroit-Metro Area. arrow Website

David TaylorDAVID TAYLOR studied percussion performance at the University of Cincinnati/College-Conservatory of Music where his principal teacher was William Youhass. Other teachers include Salvatore Rabbio, Gordon Stout, and Tim Hagans. Since returning to Detroit, David has performed shows at the Fox, Masonic, and Fisher Theatres. In addition, he performs regularly with the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. David has been a member of Wayne Sate University's jazz faculty since 1991 and has toured Europe and South Africa with saxophonist Chris Collins. He has been on countless recordings, including work with Emmy award winning composer/producer Joseph LoDuca. David has taught at the Interlochen National Music Camp. He is a Vic Firth Artist. arrow Website