Octubafest scheduled as part of Southeastern's Fanfare
by: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's Department of Fine and Performing Arts will present a new free concert series called "Octuba-Fest" 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 concerts features the tuba and the euphonium and will all be held in Pottle Building Auditorium.
"Octuba-Fest was created in 1974 by a tuba player named Harvey Phillips in honor of his tuba teacher Bill Bell," Gallion said. "The purpose of the events is to give positive exposure to these often neglected and overlooked instruments and players."
Octuba-Fest kicks off Oct. 8 with a pair of recitals. Featuring guest artist Masahito Kuroda, a euphonium recital is scheduled for 6 p.m., while a 7:30 p.m. tuba recital features Gallion.
The remaining Octuba-Fest schedule is as follows:
• Oct. 10, a tuba/euphonium studio recital featuring Stephan August and Neil Bourgeois on euphonium, and Logan Chaplain, Remi Vedros, Miles Lyons and Matt Jays on tuba, 6 p.m.
• Oct. 15, a junior tuba recital featuring Corey Bostic, 6 p.m.; and a tuba/euphonium studio ensemble recital featuring Justin Bihm, Jimmy Scheidell, August, and Bourgeois on euphonium, and Chaplain, Vedros, Lyons, Jays and Bostic on tuba 7:30 p.m.
For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.