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CWU's Big Brass Turns Up the Volume at Regional Conference

Central Washington University music students performed well at the International Tuba and Euphonium Association's Northwest Regional Conference at Washington State University in March. The CWU group, led by Curtis Peacock, professor of music-tuba, was the only school to have winners in more than one competition.

Beserat Tafesse, from Redmond, won the Artist Division Euphonium Solo Competition against advanced musicians from the University of Oregon and Vancouver, BC. He was awarded $200 and a $100 gift certificate for music. 

CWU's LRAD Brass Tuba-Euphonium Quartet also won the Quartet competition, competing against musicians from University of Puget Sound and University of Oregon.  The quartet was awarded $500. The players were Tafesse, Kendra Nye, Monroe; Danny Craig, Roy; and Nick Delmedico, Bothell. 

Peacock was featured in the faculty recital. He performed the “Adagio” from his Concerto for Tuba. He also released a new classical recording at the conference, Plog: Three Miniatures - Peacock: Concerto.  This recording was made with Larry Gookin, CWU professor of music and director of bands; Dean Snavely, graduate student in band/jazz; and the CWU Wind Ensemble. It can be found online only at iTunes, CDbaby, and Spotify. 

NOTE: The euphonium is a tenor-voiced brass instrument that looks similar to a baritone.  The name comes from the Greek word, euphonos, meaning “good sound.”

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,

April 1, 2013

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