All-American Ragtime Celebration
Sunday, June 17 — 4 PM
Big Rapids Band Shell
A Father’s Day celebration of original American ragtime music by George Hamilton Green, James P. Johnson, Scott Joplin and more, performed by Dominic & Alvin Waddles (saxophone & piano) and Noah & Ed Mallett (xylophone & tuba).
2018 marks our tenth year of collaboration with Detroit original Alvin Waddles. Experience Alvin’s amazing artistry as he joins Tuba Bach for several concerts this year!
Pianist, singer, composer, and director Alvin Waddles began studying the piano at the age of eight in his hometown of Detroit, MI. He continued his studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University Of Michigan School Of Music after which he returned to the Detroit area where he currently resides. After returning home he immediately immersed himself in the rich musical culture of the city, benefiting from the diverse influences that would eventually shape his own unique style.
Mr. Waddles has worked in the Detroit and Ann Arbor Public Schools as well as the Music Ministries of several churches; among them, the historic New Bethel Baptist Church, Hartford Memorial Baptist and Hope United Methodist in Southfield, MI. where he has served as the Director of Music since 1995.
Mr. Waddles has delighted Detroit music lovers with performances in a variety of musical events including the Detroit International Jazz Festival and the Detroit Festival of the Arts. He is the featured piano soloist in annual productions of “Too Hot to Handel” in Detroit and Chicago and can frequently be heard performing his own Fats Waller Revue.
Mr. Waddles’ engagements as a soloist and featured artist have taken him to a variety of destinations including Barbados, Beijing, Paris, Barcelona and Ghana, West Africa. He has also traveled extensively as musical director/pianist for Cook, Dixon and Young (formerly of the Three Mo’ Tenors). He has been blessed to work with some of the world’s finest musicians including Robert Shaw, Margaret Hillis, Brazeal Dennard, Minister Thomas Whitfield, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Placido Domingo, George Shirley, Marcus Belgrave, Jack Jones, Haley Westenra, Stephanie Mills and Tramaine Hawkins.
Dominic Waddles is the son of Alvin Waddles and recently completed his first year in jazz studies at Wayne State University.
NOAH MALLETT, a junior at Crossroads Charter Academy in Big Rapids, MI has been immersed in the performing arts all of his 16 years. His debut performance at age 6 was with the Tuba Bach Music Festival in Big Rapids, performing alongside renowned jazz drummer, Bernie Dresel. He currently studies percussion under Professor Gwendolyn Dease at Michigan State University as well as with Grand Rapids Symphony percussionist David Hall, and has performed in masterclasses with Gordon Stout, Michael Burritt, Ji hye Jung and Charles Ross. Noah has been a member of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony since 2014, and was honored to be soloist with the group last year as the winner of the organization’s Skip Gates concerto competition. In the summer of 2016, he attended the Brevard Music Center as one of the recipients of the Rose Thomas Smith Award through NFMC, and is thrilled to have attended again this past year. Recently, he was selected as a featured concerto soloist for the Michigan Youth Arts Festival 2017, concerto winner for the Lansing Symphony Orchestra (2017) and is delighted to have been chosen as a winner for the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition at Brevard (2017). Noah is also active as a composer, with his works being performed at Brevard, MMEA’s Honors Composition Concert at the Michigan Music Conference, at the Tuba Bach Music Festival and more, with recent premiere performances by Trio Brioso, Harlem String Quartet, and the Tuba Bach Quartet. He recently was honored as a 2018 merit winner in composition through the YoungArts organization. Noah also serves his church as organist. When he is not practicing, performing or composing, Noah uses his proclivity for striking things to enjoy ping pong and tennis, and receives rational quantities of amusement (it probably, somehow, can be notated as a fraction) from theoretical mathematics.
Edward Mallett is the founder, president and artistic director of Tuba Bach. Dr. Mallett is recognized internationally as a performer on the tuba and euphonium, performing as soloist and chamber musician throughout North America in venues ranging from major concert halls to pre-school classrooms. He also holds the world record for the “Longest Solo Concert on the Tuba,” playing continuously for over 30 hours! Along with his solo career, he frequently performs throughout Michigan with his wife, Adriana, as Tuba Tales, a literacy and music program developed by the Malletts for elementary age students. He is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the double bell euphonium, presenting seminars on the instrument at a variety of international events.
Mallett earned his undergraduate degree in music from Central Michigan University and graduate degrees in music from Michigan State University. He taught for over ten years at college and universities in Michigan and North Carolina before returning to Michigan to pursue his performing and composing full time. He happily lives in Big Rapids with Adriana, their sons Gordon and Noah, and neurotic dogs Dizzy, Charlie and Sunny.