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Octubafest celebrates brass instrument's sound

The tuba, that large, unwieldy brass instrument, is sometimes considered the Rodney Dangerfield of the music world – it doesnt get any respect.

When people think of the tuba, they dont think of something that plays the melody, Christopher Vivio, interim director of athletic bands at Austin Peay State University, said. They just think of marching ‘oompah music.
The tuba, that large, unwieldy brass instrument, is sometimes considered the Rodney Dangerfield of the music world — it doesn't get any respect.

“When people think of the tuba, they don't think of something that plays the melody,” Christopher Vivio, interim director of athletic bands at Austin Peay State University, said. “They just think of marching ‘oompah' music.”

The tuba's deep, low-pitched sound usually blends in with others during an ensemble performance, but this week, the instrument takes center stage at the APSU Octubafest concert. The performance, at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, will feature student members of the APSU Tuba/Euphonium Studio, and the concert may just change a few people's minds on the instrument's abilities.

“It's a concert of solos, small groups and a large ensemble,” Vivio said. “It'll be just tubas and euphoniums.”

The hourlong performance will be in the APSU Music/Mass Communication Building, and the event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Vivio at vivioc@apsu.edu or 931-221-6820. -- Charles Booth