And here’s the other half of Euphonium Awareness!  I’m so proud of our 200 followers, so I’ll give 2 selfies!

-  I am Joe Caldarise.
-  I play a BE2052 Besson Prestige Euphonium, and I use a Denis Wick SM3 mouthpiece. The euph doesn’t have a name because honestly, I’ve tried naming it before but I can never stick to it.
-  I just graduated from Ithaca College with a BM in Music Education, where I had a dual instrumental concentration in both piano and euphonium.  I studied under Aaron Tindall, though over the years I’ve also recieved lessons from Pat Stuckemeyer and Steven Mead.

-  I am currently working on Martin Ellerby’s Euphonium Concerto.  For my senior recital I played: Joseph DeLuca’s Beautiful Colorado, Sigvart Dagsland’s Michelangelo, Yasuhide Ito’s Fantasy Variations, Tchaikovsky’s Six Romances (my own arrangements), Rimsky-Korsakov’s Notturno, and Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen “Gypsy Airs”
-  I am a professional music arranger, my works are published by Potenza Music Publishing.  I mostly arrange works for the euphonium or tuba, though I do also write for larger groups like orchestras or bands.  I am currently working on a large number of tuba arrangements for Aaron Tindall’s upcoming CD.  You can purchase some of my works here.

-  Right now, I’m currently applying for Band Director jobs, but in the later future, I plan to make the switch to becoming an orchestral conductor.  While that may seem like a step away from the euphonium, I actually hope to use that position to help spread the word and cultivate greater interest in the euphonium, and ultimately make it a permanent part of the orchestra.  As a conductor, I would love to tour the world, teach, speak, and play, and all the while I’d help to support the instrument.

Fun Fact:
-  My euphonium and gig bag used to be owned by Pat Stuckemeyer, and was used to record his albums Just For Fun and Stepping Stones for Euphonium Volume 1.

Send us your selfies and some facts about you, we’ll share them so that we all get to know each other a little better!

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