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Self, Jim: Polka.com for Solo Tuba

   
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"In March 1999, Fred Mills, former trumpeter in the Canadian Brass and now Professor at the University of Georgia, invited me to be an artist at the First International Brass Quintet Festival and Competition. My role there was as tubist, composer and adjudicator. It was a wonderful and important event--and I got to play with some of the finest brass players in the world. Polka.com was written for the Artist’s Night Concert, March 11, and was premiered by Tim Morrison, Fred Mills, David Ohanian, Scott Hartman and myself. It is a short, lively and fun piece which I describe as “Frankie Yankevich meets Donna Summer meets Scott Joplin”. This Solo Tuba version was arranged for and recorded on my CD “The Big Stretch”, Basset Hound Records 106-2. It takes all the melodic material from the quintet version and makes a busy romp for the tuba."      -Jim Self

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