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Tubaphonium Fest!

Celebrate the Tuba & Euphonium November 4 

We love low brass at Schmitt Music Bloomington! Let’s celebrate the tuba and euphonium with performances, clinics, presentations and  a recital and masterclass with guest artists Danielle VanTuinen and Marty Erickson! Join us for a fun filled day November 4, 2023 from 11AM to 5PM

Low Brass specialist Keith Hilson of The Trombone Shop at Schmitt Music is excited to bring this special event to our new space in Bloomington, MN!

RSVP now to reserve your spot!

Questions about Trombones, Low Brass, or Tubaphonium Fest?? Contact Keith Hilson, Director of Low Brass Sales & Trombone Specialist, at 763-566-4560.


Tubaphonium Fest Events

From 10 AM to 5 PM visit the Brass Shop at Schmitt Music Bloomington and check out new horns, mouthpieces, accessories and more. Our expert team is excited to help you take that next step!

Tubaphonuim Fest is generously sponsored by Eastman, Wilson, and S. E. Shires Co.

  • 11 AM – Chuck Kerrigan gear talk

    Chuck Kerrigan is a tuba and euphonium expert from Eastman.

  • 1:30 PM – Guest Artist Recitals

    Guest artists Danielle VanTuinen and Marty Erickson will each perform a recital and masterclass

  • 2:45PM – Masterclasses

    Masterclasses with Danielle VanTuinen and Marty Erickson

Dr. Danielle VanTuinen is a low brass performer, educator, and entrepreneur based in Rochester, New Hampshire.  She currently serves as low brass faculty at the Portland Conservatory of Music, adjunct staff for the marching band at the University of New Hampshire, Educational Representative with Music and Arts, and a private lessons instructor at Timberlane High School and throughout northern New England. From 2013-2017, she served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Tuba and Euphonium at Arizona State University where she instructed low brass methods and taught private lessons to tuba/euphonium majors. Danielle is the co-founder of the Moreau | VanTuinen Duo and an active presenter, clinician, and performing artist throughout the United States and Europe. 

Prior to her work in New England, Danielle was the low brass instructor for the Phoenix Youth Symphony. Her responsibilities included small group and ensemble coaching for middle and high school students participating in the organization’s bands and orchestras. During the 2016-2017 academic year, she coached the Arizona State University concert band low brass section, comprised of first-year and non-major performers. Danielle has been invited to adjudicate at a variety of festivals, including the New Hampshire MEA Solo & Ensemble Competition, the Paul l. Willwerth Brass Competition at Central Michigan University, the Maine and Arizona All-State Festivals, and the AETYB Young Artist Competition in Spain. As a strong proponent of new music, she has actively participated as a member and coordinator of several commissioning projects for both solo euphonium/tuba and percussion/euphonium repertoire. This passion has resulted in over 15 new works from 2016-2018, three of which will be premiered by her in 2019. 

Danielle earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Performance from Arizona State University. Her culminating doctoral project, “Euphonium and Live Interactive Electronics: A Performer’s Examination of Three New Works”, sought to provide historical context and expand the electroacoustic repertoire for low brass. She holds a Master of Music degree in Music Performance from Arizona State University and a Bachelors of Music degree in Music Performance from Central Michigan University. Her principal mentors include Dr. Deanna Swoboda, Professor Douglas Yeo, Dr. Mark Cox, and Professor Scott Hanson. Danielle is an active member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association and the International Women’s Brass Conference. 

Marty Erickson was principal/solo tubist with the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., where he served for twenty-six years. He has been the principal Eb Tubist with the Brass Band of Battle Creek for the past twenty-five years and is a founding member of Millennium Brass Quintet, The Symphonia tuba-euphonium ensemble, and the Tuba-Percussion duo Balance with percussionist Alison Shaw. He is currently principal tuba with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and performs with Rodney Marsalis “Philadelphia Big Brass.”

Having served on the faculties of Penn State University and Eastern Michigan University, Mr. Erickson is in his 17th 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.

Mr. Erickson has performed as a soloist/clinician throughout Western Europe, China, Japan, Scandinavia, United Kingdom, Bermuda, Cuba and in 48 of the 50 United States. He has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the National Symphony and Annapolis Chamber Orchestras (with performances at Carnegie Hall and the J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony, the Washington Masterworks Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Gunther Schuller. He has also performed as soloist on concert and recital series programs with the United States Army Band, The U.S. Army Field Band, the U.S. Marine Band and the Army Garrison bands of Oulu and Helsinki, Finland. In April 2008, Mr. Erickson performed four concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, serving as “extra tuba” in performances of Symphony Fantastique. In March of 2013, Mr. Erickson performed a solo tuba recital in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York City.

He has been a featured jazz and classical performer at seven International Tuba-Euphonium Conventions, which included ITEC 2012 at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria, and most recently at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He performed at the 2007 International Women’s Brass conference at Illinois State University. In May 2015, Marty traveled to Switzerland and Germany to perform as guest soloist with brass bands and as a recitalist. Additionally, he has made Seven appearances as guest jazz artist/teacher for the Deutsches TubaForum International Tuba and Euphonium Workshop at the Bayerische Musikakademie in Hammelburg.

Marty has released three solo jazz CDs; “My Very Good Friend” with pianist John Sheridan; “Smile,” with Marvin Stamm and Frank Mantooth, and most recently “You and I” with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and an all-star rhythm section. He has performed on over fifty recordings of orchestra, concert band, brass band, dixieland jazz, folk, and children’s music. His most recent recordings include performances with the Millennium Brass Quintet, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the New Columbian Brass Band on the Dorian label, as well as Grammy-nominated recordings with the Symphonia Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. As a tubist/bassist, Marty has worked with Joe Wilder, Grover Washington, Pete Christlieb, Sammy Davis Jr., Donny McCaslin, Phil Wilson, Hank Levy, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Pearl Bailey, and many more. Mr. Erickson is Past-President of the International Tuba-Euphonim Association, the only President to be elected to two terms. He is the Adjudicating Chairman for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival (LFIETF). As a founding member, Mr. Erickson has served 33 years on the Falcone Festival board.

Marty is a clinician/design consultant for the Willson tubas distributed by the Getzen Company in the US, and performs on the Willson 3400S Eb Tuba, the 3100S BBb Tubas and the Erickson Signature mouthpieces he helped to design.


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