Legendary tuba artist and former NABBA adjudicator Marty Erickson, of Appleton, WI, will take center stage at Carnegie Hall to exhibit the expressive power of the classical tuba and the creative possibilities of tuba as a jazz instrument. The recital will be held Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. For tickets and more information, visit this site.
Erickson is in his eleventh year as Instructor of Tuba, Euphonium and Chamber Music at the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University and performs with the Lawrence Brass faculty brass quintet.
This recital celebrates Erickson’s remarkable and illustrious 45-year career as a soloist and tireless promoter of the tuba. Equally adept at performing jazz, pops and the classics, and at home in any venue from symphony orchestra to Dixieland band, Erickson has established himself as one of the most versatile tubists in the world.
New York Philharmonic Principal Tubist Alan Baer said “as a young tubist taking lessons, I was told I needed to be able to play any style at any given time. Marty’s recital will be a true testament to his abilities to do it all! Marty certainly is one of the most gifted cross over players and educators of our time.” The first half of this recital will feature works of wide-ranging styles from the classical tuba repertoire with pianist Eli Kalman. New York’s own Marvin Stamm Quartet will join Erickson for a jazz spectacular during the second half.
Many of Erickson’s colleagues, students and fans from across the country and around the world will be attendance for this one-night only performance.
“Marty is an amazing performer and a delight to watch and experience on-stage. He is truly a leader in the music world and has worked tirelessly to educate people about the capabilities of the tuba as a solo instrument,” said Yale University Trombone Instructor Scott Hartman, and founding member of the Empire Brass Quintet. “This is a fantastic opportunity for music lovers to get a glimpse of the power and beauty of a lesser-known instrument, by someone who has mastered its full capabilities and potential.”
Erickson established himself as a master in his field early in his career while serving as an active duty musician as principal/solo tubist in the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. He has performed as a soloist and clinician throughout Europe, Japan, China and South America, and in 48 of 50 of the United States. He has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony and the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Gunther Schuller, and as extra tuba with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Erickson is currently serving in his tenth year as a Lecturer in Tuba and Euphonium at Lawrence University. He has performed as the principal Eb Tubist with the Brass Band of Battle Creek for the past twenty years and is a founding member of Millennium Brass Quintet, and the Tuba-Percussion duo Balance with percussionist Alison Shaw. After retiring with 26 years in the U.S. Navy Band, he was on the faculty at Penn State University as tuba and low brass instructor for nine years.
In addition to his solo jazz CDs “ You and I,” “My Very Good Friend” and “Smile,” Erickson may be heard on over forty recordings of orchestra, concert band, brass band, Dixieland, jazz, folk, and children’s music. He is a Past-President of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA), and is a founding member and Adjudication Chairman for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival.
Erickson is a clinician and design consultant for The Getzen Company /Willson Band Instruments-Switzerland and performs on the Willson E-flat tuba that he helped to design.