Onwards and Upwards
Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: Piano, Tuba
In early 2017, Dr. Chris Combest approached me about writing a new piece for tuba and piano to be premiered at the 2018 U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, where Chris had been invited to perform as a guest soloist. As Chris and I discussed the different directions this new piece could take, one idea swiftly broke away from the pack and excited both of us very much.
"Onwards and upwards" is a favorite saying of Dr. Jerry Young, longtime professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he taught tuba and euphonium, among other things, from 1983 until 2016. In addition to being a friend and mentor to generations of low brass players, Jerry has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a soloist, clinician, lecturer, adjudicator, and additionally served as President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) and as Editor in Chief of the ITEA Journal. Chris expressed a desire to dedicate a new piece to Jerry, one that embodied the energy and optimism of this revered pedagogue and his "onwards and upwards" mantra. Over the course of his remarkable career, Jerry has been a profound influence on so many tuba players, and it is my absolute privilege to dedicate this new work to Dr. Jerry Young. Onwards and upwards!
Frank Gulino, a native of New York City, now resides in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, where he maintains an active schedule as a composer and bass trombonist. Frank holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Bass Trombone Performance from The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Randy Campora, Jim Olin, and David Fedderly, all of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Frank has also studied with Vincent Belford of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and jazz artist Bob Ferrel.
As a trombonist, Frank has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Music Center at Strathmore, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has also served on the faculties of the DC Trombone Workshop, Shepherd Trombone Workshop, Mid-Atlantic Trombone Alliance, and ITF Composers Workshop. Frank is an artist/clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company and performs on Edwards trombones and Griego mouthpieces.
As a leading composer of contemporary brass chamber music and recital literature, Frank has had works commissioned, performed, and recorded by some of the world's foremost brass players, including euphonium virtuoso Steven Mead, the Israel Tuba Duo, and members of the Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, National, Philadelphia, and St. Louis symphony orchestras, as well as members of all four DC-based premier military bands. Frank's works have been performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, as well as at venues in Argentina, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Panama, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay. Additionally, Frank's music has been performed at dozens of colleges, universities, and conservatories, both domestically and abroad, and remains exceedingly popular among performers and audiences alike. Frank is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and is a multiple winner of the ASCAP Plus Award in the Concert Music category.
Frank's works, published by The FJH Music Company, Cimarron Music Press, and 200 Miles to Arnstadt Publications, are available from major music distributors all over the world, including J.W. Pepper, Hickey's Music Center, and SheetMusicPlus. Additionally, Frank's works have served as the required repertoire for the ITA George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition, ITEC Solo Tuba Competition, IWBC Susan Slaughter Solo Competition, Taiwan Tuba-Euphonium Competition, Busan Music Competition, and Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competitions, among others.
|Delivery||PDF download, Shipped (printed)|
|Instrumentation||Solo and Piano|
|Publisher||Cimarron Music Press|