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Annual festival for tuba and euphonium is Saturday

Oct. 16, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The 31st annual TUBAfest at Western Michigan University is a gala festival of music for tuba and euphonium. This year's festival is Saturday, Oct. 21, and features internationally renowned tuba player John Manning, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Iowa.

A free, public recital begins at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Dalton Center Recital Hall and concludes with a performance by Manning, followed by the mass tuba-euphonium ensemble.

The festival begins with registration at 12:30 p.m. in the Dalton Center. All tuba and euphonium enthusiasts are welcome and encouraged to bring their instruments.

Guest artist Manning is a founding member of the award-winning Atlantic Brass Quintet. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Empire Brass, Rhythm and Brass and Boston Brass. He has also served as principal tubist of the Air Force Band of the Golden West, Albany Symphony, Vermont Symphony, and Shirim Klezmer Orchestra.

Manning has been a featured artist and clinician at festivals and conferences in more than 15 countries, including Costa Rica, Japan and Kuwait, and he has performed at a wide variety of venues including Carnegie Hall, the White House, Boston's Symphony Hall, the House of Blues and the Knitting Factory. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston University and graduate degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Manning has taught on the faculties of Boston University, Boston Conservatory and the University of Massachusetts.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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