FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2014
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Glenville State College
GLENVILLE,WV—The Glenville State College Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, under the direction of GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Fine Arts Department Chair Lloyd E. Bone Jr., was recently invited to perform at the 2014 International Tuba and Euphonium (ITEC) Conference at Indiana University. Glenville State College’s group was one of only 45 tuba and euphonium ensembles from around the world that were invited to perform. As a display of its talent GSC’s ensemble performed the first known operetta for a tuba and euphonium ensemble for the 2014 conference.
The operetta was an original work composed and arranged by a GSC student and a recent alumnus Seth Stemple and Ryan Deems. It showcased students’ dual talents as several of them had singing roles in addition to playing. “We tried to include as many styles of music as we could in the time allotted for our performance,” said Stemple.
“This was a highly prestigious invite as the ITEC is the largest low brass conference in the world and took place at the largest music school anywhere. We are part of a group that includes ensembles from many of the top music schools around the globe. It is a testament to the high quality of the GSC Department of Fine Arts,” said Bone.
GSC’s ensemble consisted of: Brittany Lott from Cabins (Grant County), Leon Hart from Parkersburg (Wood County), Seth Stemple from Fairmont (Mairon County), Josh White from Saint Marys (Pleasants County), Jon Reid from Clear Creek (Raleigh County), Ben Stingo from Adrian (Upshur County), Ethan Hacker from Exchange (Braxton County), Derrick Lowe from Chapmanville (Logan County), Brooke Gladfelter from Buffalo (Putnam County), Bobby Davis from Oak Hill (Fayette County), Erin Bush from Mineral Wells (Wood County), Renee Ritenour from Kearneysville (Jefferson County), Ryan Deems, a May 2011 graduate, from Bridgeport (Harrison County), and Chris Baber, a December 2013 graduate, from Craigsville (Nicholas County).
This not the first prestigious invitation for the group. They previously performed at the ITEC in 2012 in Austria, in 2010 in Arizona, and in 2008 in Ohio. The group also played at the 2007 United States Army Band Competition. Additionally, they were twice invited to perform at the West Virginia Music Education Association State Conference.
“I never thought attending GSC would give me the chance to perform on a national stage, let alone share that stage with world-class musicians,” said Stemple. “The event was very well organized and was a wonderful experience,” he added.
For more information on the GSC Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble or other Fine Arts Department programs, contact Department Secretary Sheri Skidmore at Sheri.Skidmore@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6340.