UK Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble

The University of Kentucky Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble is a regularly meeting performing organization within the UK School of Music that performs many concerts each year including Children's Concerts, Lexington's annual Octoberfest, as well as formal recitals. The group is led by Dr. Skip Gray, Professor of Music at the University of Kentucky, and has appeared in concerts in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Minneapolis. Particular high points in the group's performing experience were an appearance on the "Lonesome Pine Christmas Special" at the Kentucky Center in Louisville and their concerts at International Tuba-Euphonium Conferences in 1992, 1998, and 2002.  The UK Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble performance repertoire is, because of the wide demands of their performing venues, eclectic — ranging from J.S. Bach to Duke Ellington with Sousa Marches in between!

When people normally think of a group of tubas playing together, thoughts of massed pachyderms come immediately to mind. Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles possess a remarkably sonorous timbre and wide dynamic range from extremely soft to brutally loud. The University of Kentucky Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble is actually comprised of both tubas and euphoniums.  The euphonium is half the size of a tuba, has a higher, lighter sound, and plays most of the melodic parts within the group.  There is a continually expanding repertoire of works written specifically for the tuba-euphonium ensemble by some well-recognized composers.  A great deal of tuba-euphonium ensemble music was originally written for other musical ensembles and specially arranged for the group.

Dr. Skip Gray joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky School of Music in August 1980 and holds the rank of Professor of Music.  He served as President of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association (formerly T.U.B.A.) from 2001 to 2003 and hosted the 1992 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference.  Gray has appeared as a tuba soloist and clinician throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia and has served as Principal Tuba with the Lexington Philharmonic since 1980. He has played with many American and European orchestras, served as Principal Tuba with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI in Turin, Italy, and until recently was a member of the Munich Brass. In 2005, he released a compact disc recorded with German pianist Rudolf Ramming entitled Tuba Europa-A musical journey through the continent on Mark Records. Skip Gray earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Master of Music from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Music from Baldwin-Wallace College in his hometown, Berea, Ohio.

For more information about the University of Kentucky Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, call (859)257-8822 or email