The College of Arts and Architecture

Tuba Euphonium Ensemble

tuba euphonium ensemble
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 8:00pm
Esber Recital Hall - University Park, PA

Free Admission

The Tuba Euphonium Ensemble presents an evening of arrangements and original works, featuring the world premiere of Nittany Ballad, an original composition by Penn State student and ensemble member Drew Bonner.

Many of these works will be featured during the ensemble's invited performance at the International Tuba Euphonium Association conference, hosted by Indiana University, on May 20. The ensemble is conducted by Velvet Brown.


Ellington Medley ♦ Duke Ellington, arranged by Steve Sample

Yorkshire Ballad ♦ James Barnes, arranged by Jon Bohls and J. Barnes

El Bosque Verde ♦ Alice Gomez

Nittany Ballad ♦ Drew Bonner (world premiere)

Urban Suite ♦ Shawn Kelly

  • Skyline
  • Street Beat
  • Lily, My Love
  • Jungle Rumble (Finale)

Melody Shop ♦ Karl King, arranged by David R. Werden

The Penn State Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, formed in the fall of 1987, has achieved success performing regionally and nationally. The group performs outstanding traditional, contemporary, and popular literature composed or transcribed for the tuba/euphonium ensemble. This highly select ensemble includes the finest euphonium and tuba players on campus, chosen by audition. The group has garnered praise for many featured performances, including The Early Show; the 1995, 2006, and 2008 International Tuba and Euphonium Conferences; several appearances at the New York Brass Conference with featured soloists Brian Bowman and Toby Hanks; the 2004 Army Tuba Euphonium Conference with soloist Roger Behrend; the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Conference; and with soloist Neal Corwell. The ensemble also enjoys performing for many University functions, presenting public school concerts and entertaining at various off-campus venues. Currently directed by Velvet Brown, previous directors include Mark Lusk, Martin Erickson, and Jeff Parker.