2024 Low Brass Festival
Friday, February 9, 2024
- 4:30 pm - Trombone masterclass with Dr. Paul Pollard (JSU Campus - Mason Hall, Band Room)
First United Methodist Church Anniston - 1400 Noble St, Anniston, AL 36201
- 7:30pm Recital – Dr. Paul Pollard, Trombone
Saturday, February 10, 2024
- 1:30 pm - Tuba masterclass with Dr. Beth Wiese (Mason Hall, Room 170)
- 1:30 pm - Euphonium masterclass with Erik Lundquist (Mason Hall, Band Room)
First United Methodist Church Anniston - 1400 Noble St, Anniston, AL 36201
- 7:30 pm - Dr. Beth Wiese, Tuba & Erik Lundquist, Euphonium
All events are free and open to the public.
(Please Note: On the campus map, Mason Hall is #28. There are parking lots to the left of the number 37 and to the right of the number 28. The Band Room is on the top floor and at the end of the building closest to the number 37. The Theron Montgomery Building is #48, and the Auditorium is on the third floor.)
Dr. Paul Pollard, Bass Trombone - Alumnus of Jax State
Denson Paul Pollard began as bass/tenor trombonist with the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in September, 2007. Pollard was the bass trombonist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic from 2001-2007. He has also been bass trombonist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra and the principle trombonist of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra. Pollard has played with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His teachers have included Dr. Jim Roberts, Dr. David Gier, George Krem, Charles Vernon and Joeseph Alessi.
Pollard was awarded the Master of Musical Arts degree and the Doctorate of Musical Arts in performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa, where he served as a teaching assistant in the areas of musicology, jazz and applied trombone. Pollard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.
Dr. Pollard has taught at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and Hong Kong Chinese University. During the 2000 year, Pollard was professor of trombone at the University of Northern Iowa. Currently, Dr. Pollard is a member of the brass faculty at Montclair State University and the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. Pollard is a faculty member of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporro, Japan during the summer.
As a commercial musician, Pollard has played with numerous shows. He was the tuba/bass trombonist with tours of the revival of Showboat and the off-broadway touring production of Annie. He played bass trombone for an 18-month tour with Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Music of the Night and the Barry Manilow Concert Tour. Pollard is a passionate champion of the bass trombone as a solo instrument and has played solo recitals all over the world. He has been a featured soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the West Point Military Academy Band, the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts Wind Ensemble, the Jacksonville State University Wind Ensemble, the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, the Des Moines Community Orchestra and numerous community bands across Iowa, USA. He performed a solo recital as a featured artist at the 2008 Eastern Trombone Workshop and was featured as soloist with the U.S. Army Band at the 2010 Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C. He was also a featured soloist at the 2009 Asia Trombone Festival in Taipei, Taiwan.
Pollard’s solo CDs entitled “Up From Below,” “Point in Time,” and “Listening” are available www.hickeys.com.
Erik Lundquist, Euphonium
Erik Lundquist is an American euphoniumist and music educator. Originally from Jamestown, NY, he began musical studies with his father, Richard Lundquist. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Euphonium Performance in 2014, as well as a Master of Music degree in Euphonium Performance in 2016 from the University of North Texas where he studied with Dr. Brian Bowman and Dr. Jamie Lipton.He has presented masterclasses and recitals at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, the 2018 Midwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, the 2018 US Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop, the 2019 and 2023 International Tuba Euphonium Conference, the 2022 Southeast and Southwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conferences, as well as Kennesaw State University, Reinhardt University, and the University of Iowa. He has also presented clinics at the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference and The Midwest Clinic.In 2018, he was named a semi-finalist in the Lieksa Brass Week International Euphonium Competition in Finland. In 2016, he won 2nd place at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition and 1st place at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference Mock Audition Competition.His professional affiliations include the International Tuba Euphonium Association and the International Women’s Brass Conference.Presently, Lundquist serves as a euphoniumist with the United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC, a position he has held since 2016.
Dr. Beth Wiese, Tuba
Leading a multi-faceted career as a performer and teacher, Beth Wiese is Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Vanderbilt University, Principal Tuba of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Acting Principal Tuba of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, she is a laureate of numerous competitions, including the International 'Citta di Porcia Brass Competition (Italy), Musician's Club of Women, Union League Civic and Arts Foundation and Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Competition. She has been invited to present recitals in a variety of venues, including multiple International Tuba and Euphonium conferences, the United States Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference, Amiata Piano Festival (Italy), Chicago Cultural Center and at numerous universities throughout the country.
Enjoying a diverse career performing in orchestras and other large ensembles, Dr. Wiese spent two years as a fellow of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. She is also a past fellow of summer programs including the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival and School, National Repertory Orchestra and National Orchestral Institute and spent one summer touring the United States with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with orchestras throughout the country and abroad including the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (Denmark), Macao Orchestra and Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Beth has previously served as Principal E-flat Tuba in the North Carolina Brass Band (the only professional brass band in North Carolina) and has enjoyed performing with Monarch Brass, an all-female brass ensemble, at the International Womens' Brass Conference and International Trumpet Guild.
As an educator, Beth is passionate about teaching and working with students in a variety of capacities. Prior to her appointment at Vanderbilt University, she was Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium and Program Director for the Master of Music in Performance degree at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. At ASU, the tuba-euphonium studio was one of the largest studios in the School of Music with consistently around twenty students majoring in a variety of disciplines including music education, performance, industry studies and music therapy. Students at ASU were successful in numerous ways as winners of the Concerto Competition, Leonard Falcone Festival, pursuing graduate studies and careers as educators throughout the region. She was recognized in 2021 with the Outstanding Teaching Award for the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, an award given annually to one faculty member and chosen by the student body. At Vanderbilt, Beth teaches courses in Brass Pedagogy, Orchestral Repertoire and Chamber Music in addition to teaching applied lessons in both tuba and euphonium. She received the Doctor of Music from Northwestern University as a student of Rex Martin. Additionally she completed a Master of Music degree from Yale University and the Bachelor of Music from Lawrence University, studying with Mike Roylance and Marty Erickson respectively.