The Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond will present “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, a news release said.
“OcTubaFest was created in 1974 by a tuba player named 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.”
OcTubaFest kicks off Oct. 27 with a student solo recital at 6 p.m., featuring students Matt Jays, of Kenner; Courtney Guidry, of Gonzales; Lupita Mirafuentes, of Houston, Texas; Cullen Hinkle, of Morgan City; Amelia Richardson, of Prairieville; April Sutton, of Commerce City, Colorado; Danielle Chatelain, of Destrehan; and Seth Guerra, of Tickfaw.
A second recital, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, features Remi Vedros, a junior music education major from Cutoff. 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.
On Oct. 28, a junior recital featuring Chaplain and Scheidell, both junior music education majors, accompanied by Raisa Voldman on piano, begins at 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 also will perform.
On Oct. 29, a Tuba/Euphonium Studio Ensemble recital will consist of original works and transcriptions will be presented at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The group features 12 music majors and minors and is conducted by Gaillion.
Call (985) 549-2184 for more information.