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Patrick Sheridan - February 2, 2010

Patrick Sheridan has been enthusiastically received as a solo artist around the world. He made his solo debut playing an arrangement of The Blue Bells of Scotland accompanied by his mom, Diana, when he was just 8 years old, only months after he had started playing his chosen instrument, the tuba! He made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 15 playing a Mozart Horn Concerto on the tuba. Since then, Patrick has rocketed to success as a solo performer in venues ranging from the White House to an NBA half-time show to the Hollywood Bowl.

As a former member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, he thrilled audiences across the United States with his amazing virtuosity and musicianship as one of the band's primary soloists. He is equally at home with standard classical repertoire and as an entertainer in the "pops" realm. In addition to his musical studies with legendary tuba artists Arnold Jacobs, Sam Pilafian, Daniel Perantoni, Harvey Phillips and Jim Self, Mr. Sheridan holds a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in finance and marketing from the University of Michigan.

 

Recent Guest Artists

Sotto Voce - Fall 2008

The highly acclaimed, internationally recognized Sotto Voce Quartet is one of America's finest serious brass chamber ensembles. Founded in 1996, members include Demondrae Thurman (The University of Alabama), Nat McIntosh (The Dallas Brass), and composers Patrick Schulz (Arizona State University) and Michael Forbes (Carl Fisher). The tuba and euphonium artists within the quartet maintain diverse and wide-ranging careers in music and are in regular demand as performers, composers, and clinicians. After several competition successes during the time of their studies at the University of Wisconsin (under the direction of John Stevens), the group decided to pursue their chamber music ambitions and continue Sotto Voce as a professional quartet.

Sotto Voce isn't afraid to set serious artistic goals, while still incorporating much of the "lighter fare" usually associated with their instruments. The quartet consistently strives for the highest level of artistic expression through their varied repertoire and believes their unique art form is meant to imitate life; presenting music from the immaculately beautiful to the intensely ugly, all performed at the highest level. Their primary goal is to foster musical acceptance on all levels, helping audiences view tuba quartets not just for their novelty-value, but as legitimate chamber music ensembles.

The quartet seeks to achieve musical acceptance through their efforts as writers, performers, and recording artists. Each member of Sotto Voce has composed or arranged for the group, expanding the literature with music that can be found in the catalogs of Editions BIM, Tuba-Euphonium Press, Encore Music Publishers, Music Express, and TubaQuartet.com. In addition to regular recital tours and clinics throughout the U.S., Sotto Voce has been featured at tuba/euphonium conferences from Regina, Canada to Washington, D.C. and in concerts throughout Britain. In the summers of 2004 and 2006, they were guest artists and adjudicators at International Tuba/Euphonium Conferences in Budapest, Hungary and Denver, Colorado.

 

Steven Mead

Steven Mead's extraordinary pioneering work with the euphonium has gained him worldwide fame as perhaps the foremost euphonium soloist in the world today . He is without doubt most traveled soloist in the history of the instrument. His hectic schedule sees him playing concerts with leading ensembles, orchestras, brass and wind bands the world over. In recent years he has diversified still further he has begun to play popular styles and jazz.

He is currently in great demand as a recitalist and clinician throughout the world of brass playing (please refer to the events schedule on this site). Not only has he been at the forefront of performance but is credited as a pioneer in euphonium education and repertoire. Steven has been a professional euphonium soloist for some 18 years after a successful career with some of the top British brass bands and as a full time music teacher. It is this wealth of experience that has helped to create a musician who communicates with his audiences.

 

Other Recent Guest Artist:

Jason Hamm - Euphonium, West Point Military Academy Band

Thomas Stein - Tuba, University of Missouri--Kansas City

Angelo Manzo - Tuba, University of Missouri--Columbia

Adam Frey - Euphonium, Georgia State University, Emory University

 

 

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