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Octubafest: Celebrating the Tuba and Euphonium in Style

Octubafest: Celebrating the Tuba and Euphonium in Style

The UT School of Music is set to kick off Octubafest 2019 with the first of three exhilarating performances during a three-night event celebrating the tuba and euphonium. Octubafest is a rich tradition that many schools across the country celebrate each year. 

The tradition originated at Indiana University in 1974 by Harvey Phillips, quickly spreading and becoming a staple in music schools throughout the country. UT celebrates Octubafest each year with guest artist, student, and ensemble performances. 

Jarrod Williams, professor at East Carolina University and former tubist in the U.S. Naval Academy Band, opens tonight with a solo tuba recital with pianist Emi Kagawa from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. 

The event transitions into a Halloween theme on October 30 with a special Octubaween Eve ensembles concert by the UT tuba/euphonium ensembles and the East Tennessee Tubaland. “The joy of the Octubaween Eve ensembles concert is hard to beat,” said Alexander Lapins, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium. “It’s so much fun, and the musical variety is both tremendous and inspiring.”

The final night features UT tuba and euphonium student soloists performing music from the classical era through the 21st century. “As a teacher, I am so proud hearing all my students play their solos, because they have been working on them so diligently since August,” said Lapins.

"People who have never attended an Octubafest concert can look forward to having all of their expectations and preconceptions about our instruments completely blown away," said Lapins. "They are going to leave each concert telling their friends and family how impressed they were by the performances and instruments." All events are free and held in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.



Contact: Jeff Roberts (865-974-8935,

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