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23 October 2006

Octubafest Kicks Off with Sunday Concert

The first concert for Octubafest, a series of concerts featuring tubas and euphoniums, was Sunday at Jacksonville State University. The remaining concerts in the series will be nightly this week, except on Thursday.

“Just like the flute or clarinet, it just promotes the tuba as a soloistic instrument,” explains Chris Hosmer, event organizer and tuba instructor at JSU.

Other events such as TubaEaster and TubaChristmas go on at various places across the country, he said, so it was inevitable that Octubafest would happen as soon as apple cider hit the shelves.

This is the first year JSU has hosted the series of concerts, which range from classical to polka to jazz music, he said.

Although all five concerts will be at the performance center at Mason Hall, each will feature different combinations of student, faculty and guest selections.

The Monday night concert will feature a brass quintet with Jacksonville faculty and selections of Johann Sebastian Bach and “Four Swiss Tunes” by Elgar Howarth. Wednesday, guest tuba player Eric Bubacz will perform and will host a master class at 8:30.

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