Music alumni are returning to Kansas University this weekend to celebrate their teacher, Scott Watson.
Tubists from around the country will gather Saturday and Sunday at Kansas University for a reunion honoring Scott Watson, associate professor of tuba and euphonium, as he celebrates his 20th anniversary at KU.
Friends, KU alumni and current students will meet for master classes, recitals and massed tuba ensemble performances during the weekend, according to Kelly O'Bryant, a 1993 KU alumnus, who is organizing the tribute.
The schedule of events for the Tuba/Euphonium Reunion includes:
- Saturday: 10 a.m, master class with tuba teacher R. Winston Morris of Tennessee Technological University; 2:30 p.m., tuba and euphonium recital featuring Watson's past and present students; and 8 p.m., solo recital featuring O'Bryant performing works from his latest CD release, "Carolina Morning," and other light classical works.
- Sunday: 1 p.m., recital featuring Tom Price, tubist with the U.S. Military Academy Band, West Point, N.Y., and Jarrod Williams, principal tubist with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, Annapolis, Md., followed by a massed KU tuba-euphonium ensemble made up of past and present students, conducted by Morris.
All events are in Swarthout Recital Hall in Murphy Hall and are free and open to the public.
Morris, who will also work with KU students on Friday, is regarded as the leading authority on literature for the tuba, was one of the founding fathers of the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Assn. and is acknowledged worldwide as the major authority on the development of the tuba ensemble.
He is conductor of the professional tuba/euphonium ensemble Symphonia and has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by T.U.B.A. He has toured throughout the United States, Australia, Europe and Japan. He is a member of TubaJazz Consort, has performed with the Original Jack Daniel's Silver Cornet Band and is the tubist with the Tennessee Tech Brass Quintet.
O'Bryant, who studied with Watson at KU, has performed as a soloist in Germany, Sweden, Finland, Norway, The Netherlands and Russia; as tubist of The Washington Brass; and as the leader of 5th Bass, a tuba sextet with rhythm section that specializes in performing rock and funk. O'Bryant has been a member of the Bayfield Brass since 1993 and performs as a free-lance artist with several brass ensembles in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas.
O'Bryant is a lecturer in music at Salisbury State University, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Frederick Community College and Peabody Preparatory.
Price completed a master of music degree from KU in 1986 and began his duties with the U.S. Military Academy Band that year. Price has been a guest soloist and clinician for the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own," and a member of the Heritage Brass Quintet.
Williams joined the U.S. Naval Academy Band in April 1996 after completing his bachelor's degree in tuba performance at KU in 1995. He is pursuing his master's degree at KU, studying with Watson. Since being named principal tuba in May 1997, Williams has performed as principal and solo tuba with the band's wind ensemble, brass quintet, tuba quartet and ceremonial and marching units.