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Euphonium-Tuba Day to be held on Jan. 26
By David West
01/17/2019

NATCHITOCHES – The Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts will host the NSU Euphonium-Tuba Day on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Magale Recital Hall.
 
Registration begins at 9 a.m. Events will be from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Euphonium-Tuba Day is free, and all events are open to the event which is being organized by Dr. Masahito Kuroda, associate professor of euphonium/tuba/sound tech at NSU,
 
“This will be a great learning and performing opportunity for euphonium/tuba students in every skill level from grade school students, to college students, as well as alumni and area musicians,” said Kuroda.
 
Activities will include masterclasses and performances by NSU faculty members including Kuroda, Professor of Low Brass Dr. Mark Thompson, Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano Dr. Chialing Hsieh and guest artist John Caputo, an NSU Euphonium-Tuba Ensemble concert and the final mass ensemble with all the participants.
 
Caputo is a former euphonium soloist with USAF Reserve Band and USAF Band of the West.  He is music director of Austin Brass Band. Caputo is a 16-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force Bands Program where he built an international reputation as a performer and educator. As a chamber musician and clinician for the Air Force, he travelled to top university programs throughout the U.S. with the U.S. Reserve Brass Quintet. The group is featured on Firepower, which has been featured on NPR’s “Performance Today” more than 40 times over the last 10 years.
 
Caputo was a critical member of the Georgia Brass Band where he performed as their solo euphoniumist from 2003-2010. He was featured as a soloist with that band many times, including a performance at the 2011 Southeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference. John has given additional solo performances at the Great American Brass Band Festival, the Mid West and Southwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conferences and the Northwest Big Brass Bash.
 
Since retiring from active duty in 2015, John has become an active teacher and clinician throughout South Central Texas and Louisiana. He is currently the music director for the Austin Brass Band and the British Brass Band of Louisiana.
 
For the mass performance with all participants, Kuroda wrote a new arrangement of Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from Lohengrin” for Euphonium-Tuba Ensemble with Bass Trumpets and Cimbasso, which will have its world premiere at the finale concert.
 
For more information on Euphonium-Tuba Day, contact Kuroda at kurodam@nsula.edu or at (318) 357-6305.