Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts in Hammond on Tuesday will kick off “OcTubaFest,” a free concert series as part of Fanfare, the annual fall celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Lecturer of tuba and euphonium Brian Gallion said the series of five concerts features the tuba and the euphonium and will all be held in Pottle Building Auditorium.

“OcTubaFest was created in 1974 by tuba player Harvey Phillips in honor of his tuba teacher Bill Bell,” Gallion said. “The purpose is to give positive exposure to these often neglected and overlooked instruments and players.”

The Tuesday event will feature a pair of recitals. A student solo recital is scheduled for 6 p.m., and features students Matt Jays, of Kenner; Courtney Guidry, of Gonzales; Lupita Mirafuentes, of Houston; Cullen Hinkle, of Morgan City; Amelia Richardson, of Prairieville; April Sutton, of Commerce City, Colorado; Danielle Chatelain, of Destrehan, and Seth Guerra, of Tickfaw.

The second recital, scheduled at 7:30 p.m., is a junior recital featuring Remi Vedros, a junior music education major from Cut Off. Vedros will be accompanied by Blayke Weatherford, of Denham Springs, on the piano. Also performing will be The Beef Tones, a tuba/euphonium quartet consisting of Jimmy Scheidell, of Hammond, and Stephan August, of Baton Rouge, on euphonium, and Vedros and Logan Chaplain, of Chalmette, on tuba.

The remaining OcTubaFest schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, a junior recital featuring Chaplain and Scheidell, both junior music education majors, accompanied by Raisa Voldman on piano, 6 p.m. Also that day at 7:30 p.m. is a junior recital by August, a music performance major. He will be accompanied by Irina Cunev on the piano. The Beef Tones quartet is also performing in this recital.

Thursday, Tuba/Euphonium Studio Ensemble recital consisting of original works and transcriptions. The group features 12 music majors and minors and is conducted by Gaillion. Works to be performed include “Come Sweet Death” by J.S. Bach; “Ave Maria” by Jacob Arcadelt; “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius; “March from Second Suite” by Gustav Holst; the traditional folk song “Londonderry Air” and “Os Just” a motet by Anton Bruckner.

For more information, call (985) 549-2184.