OcTubafest celebrates 35 years for Tuba Professor

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Steve Call, professor of tuba at BYU, celebrates 35 years of teaching with OcTubafest, a three-day event that features performances, workshops and master classes. (BYU)
Steve Call, of the School of Music at BYU, celebrates 35 years of teaching with OcTubafest, a three-day event that features performances, workshops and master classes. (Steve Call)

Steve Call is commemorating 35 years of teaching with OcTubafest, a series of concerts and master classes, Oct. 23–25.

Call joined the BYU music faculty in 1979 teaching tuba and euphonium performance as well as jazz studies.

Guest artists include Michael Dunn, a professor of tuba from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dunn and Call have performed together at jazz festivals in Europe and have a long association.

Concerts will take place in the Madsen Recital Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. All OcTubafest events are free and open to the public.

OcTubafest opens on Thursday night with Call’s faculty recital, a performance assisted by pianist Robin Hancock and tubist Dan Bryce, Call’s former student and a UVU tuba teacher. The program will include works by Paul Hindemith and Leonard Bernstein and feature performances on several unusual instruments from his “Brass Menagerie,” a vast collection of historic brass instruments such as the contrabass cimbasso and double bell euphonium.

Friday night’s concert features Dunn as soloist with the Utah Premiere Brass, a 30-member British-style brass band conducted by Kirt Saville of the BYU School of Music. They will play a variety of traditional and modern British brass band compositions and will also feature soloists Call and Daniel Stolworthy, another of Call’s former students.

Saturday’s Grand OcTubafest Concert will feature tuba soloist Dunn, BYU’s Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles and a large ensemble of tubas and euphonium players made up of BYU students and workshop participants.

Participation in the large ensemble is open to tuba, Sousaphone, euphonium and baritone horn players of all ages and abilities. Contact Steve Call () for more information on the Saturday morning workshop and participation in the Grand OcTubafest Concert.

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