UK Tuba-Euphonium Day

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The 2021 Virtual Tuba-Euphonium Day Saturday, May 1, 2021, feature University of Kentucky's Matthew Hightower, the UK Tuba-Euphonium Studio, and the Hudson Valley Tuba Quartet. Masterclasses, recitals, panel discussions, and more.


  • 1pm-Welcome and Warm Up sessions  
  • 2pm-Recital featuring the UK Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble 
  • 2:30pm Panel Discussion and Q&A on Music Careers in the Military
  • 3:00pm Q&A Session-College Preparation with Dr. Hightower 
  • 3:30pm Masterclasses with guests 
  • 4:30pm-Finale Recital featuring soloists and the Hudson Valley Tuba Quartet 


The Hudson Valley Tuba Quartet is comprised of New York musicians from the finest performing arts organizations in the United States. They appear infrequently and with little advanced warning at public concerts and conferences. Sightings of this rare ensemble are highly sought-after by enthusiasts, known as "chamber chasers," and their concerts can draw tens of people. You can try to follow the Hudson Valley Tuba Quartet on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook, but are likely to have little luck.

Philip Broome is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and joined the euphonium section of the West Point Band in September 2012 and was appointed principal euphonium in the fall of 2015. Phil earned both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in music performance from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, where he studied with Andrew Miller, principal tuba of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. While attending Columbus State, he competed in many prestigious international euphonium competitions as a finalist, including the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Tuba Competition and the ITEC Artist Euphonium Competition in Linz, Austria.

Prior to picking up the euphonium while in his first year of college, Phil was a successful trumpet player, starting out on cornet in the fourth grade. He was brought up in the Salvation Army Brass Band tradition, owing much of his early musical training to Salvation Army Music Programs in the Southeast United States. Phil continues to be active as a musician and educator in that community. He was principal euphonium of the Southern Territorial Band of the Salvation Army from 2009 to 2012.

As a soloist, Phil has performed with the West Point Band, SUNY Purchase Wind Ensemble, Columbus State University Wind Ensemble, Montclair State University Wind Ensemble, and many other regional Salvation Army Brass Bands. He has also performed recitals and presented master classes at a number of regional and international tuba and euphonium conferences. As a clinician and performer, Phil is in high demand at colleges all over the country and currently serves as adjunct euphonium instructor at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey.

Phil is also an active professional audio engineer and he has a number of album engineering credits to his name from rock and roll, to jazz and classical. He maintains an active freelance audio engineering schedule, recording and mastering projects for many renowned artists. His recordings can be heard on the Naxos and Summit Record labels.

Christopher Leslie, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, is a euphonium player in the West Point Band. He has garnered numerous accolades in his performing career, winning prestigious competitions such as the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition, the ITEA Solo Competition, and the United States Army Band National Collegiate Solo Competition. Chris is a frequent soloist across the country and has performed with the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own," the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, and the St. Olaf Orchestra. He has served as both a featured soloist and guest conductor with the West Point Band. His solo recordings have received national acclaim, winning ITEA's Roger Bobo Award for Recording Excellence as well as two silver medals from the Global Music Awards.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from St. Olaf College, a Master of Music in euphonium performance and Performer's Certificate from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Georgia. His mentors include David Zerkel, Daniel Perantoni, Hiram Diaz, and David Werden.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys watching baseball, football, and college basketball, and dreams of one day seeing a Cincinnati sports team win a postseason series.

Keith Kile, originally from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, joined the West Point Band in 2015 and was appointed principal tuba in 2018. In addition, Keith is an active freelancer, performing recently with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in Reykjavik, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and Collective Brass Quintet. He is also on faculty at the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University and the New School's Mannes Prep. Prior to moving to New York, Keith performed regularly on both tuba and euphonium with the Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band, the Hal Leonard Studio Ensemble, and numerous regional orchestras in the Midwest and Southeast, and served in the 129th Army National Guard Band for eleven years. As a successful soloist, Keith won the prestigious Jacobs School of Music Concerto Competition and is now a semi-regular soloist with bands, orchestras, and at conferences around the United States. Keith holds a Bachelor of Music in music education from Tennessee Tech University, a Master of Music from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Rachel Hertzberg, originally from Montvale, New Jersey, is a tubist in the West Point Band. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, where she studied with Rex Martin. She subsequently attended Arizona State University, where she studied with Sam Pilafian, earning her Master of Music in tuba performance. Rachel has attended various summer music festivals, including the Aspen Summer Music Festival and Institute, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Dr. Matt Hightower, host 

Matt Hightower is the Assistant Professor of Tuba/Euphonium at the University of Kentucky. 

As a professional tubist, Dr. Hightower’s performance experience covers a wide range of chamber, orchestral, and solo music that spans three continents and ten countries. He is a prizewinner of international solo competitions and has presented masterclasses to tuba/euphonium students around the world.  

His growing list of solo residencies include Baylor University, Conservatory of Reykjavik (Iceland), East Tennessee State University, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, the University of North Georgia, the University of Tennessee, the University of Texas, the 2019 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, the 2017 & 2018 South Central Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conferences, the 2015 & 2018 South East Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conferences, The United States Army Band Tuba/Euphonium Workshop in Arlington, VA, the Armenian Conservatory of Music in Yerevan, Armenia and the Xi Xiang Music Valley (China) among others. 

He is the tubist with the University of Kentucky Faculty Brass Quintet and has also performed with the Corpus Christi Brass Quintet, the Kingsville Brass Quintet, the Lexington Philharmonic Brass Quintet, the Mirari Brass Quintet, and the Atlas Tuba Quartet. 

Some of his credits as a large ensemble performer include appearances with the Bloomington Camerata Orchestra, The Columbus (IN) Symphony, The Evansville Philharmonic, The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Jackson Symphony, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Bach Festival, the WCIT World Orchestra in Yerevan, Armenia and David Baker’s 20th Century BeBop Band. 

In addition to his career as teacher and performer, Dr. Hightower is an award-winning composer. In 2010 Dr. Hightower was named the winner of the KMEA Intercollegiate Composition Contest. Commissioned works by Dr. Hightower have received premier performances at the 2012, 2014, and 2016 International Tuba Conferences, the 2017 & 2018 South Central Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, the 2018 South East Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, the John F. Kennedy Center, and the 2016 Texas Music Educators Conference. Many of his arrangements and original works are published through Potenza Music and Absolute Brass Publishing. He is also a composer for Fannin Musical Productions, where he arranges and composes music for high school marching bands across the United States. 

Dr. Hightower earned a BM in music education from Murray State University, an MM in tuba performance from Indiana University, and a DMA from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary instructors were Ray Conklin, Daniel Perantoni, and Charles Villarrubia, with additional instruction in the field of composition from Mike D’Ambrosio, John Fannin, and P.Q. Phan. 

Matt Hightower is a B&S performing artist. 

The University of Kentucky Tuba-Euphonium Studio 

The University of Kentucky Tuba/Euphonium Studio consists of students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in music as well as talented non-majors throughout the university. 

The UK Tuba/Euphonium Studio was founded by Rex Conner, the first full-time Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at any university in the world, in the Fall of 1960. Professor Conner led the UK Tuba/Euphonium Studio from 1960 to 1980. From 1980 to 2018, Dr. Skip Gray led the studio. The studio is currently under the direction of Dr. Matt Hightower. There are currently 18 tuba and euphonium students in the studio.  

The University of Kentucky Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble has achieved national acclaim, appearing in major cities as New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Minneapolis. Among these concerts, the group has given three performances as part of the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference and appeared at the United States Army Tuba/Euphonium Workshop with guest soloist Phillip Franke, formerly of the "President's Own" United States Marine Band. The UK Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble's compact disc, "The University of Kentucky Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble - LIVE at the United States Army Tuba/Euphonium Conference," has received high acclaim from Tuba and Euphonium artists worldwide. Additionally, Dr. Skip Gray and the UK Tuba/Euphonium Studio hosted the 1999 Southeast Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference as well as the 1992 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference. Former members of the studio have included winners, finalists, and semifinalists of various competitive music festivals, including the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition, ITEC Tuba and Euphonium Solo Competitions, ITEC Tuba and Euphonium Quartet Competition, the ITEC Mock Orchestral Auditions, the SERTEC Tuba and Euphonium Solo Competition, the Potomac Music Festival Solo Contest, the Susan Slaughter International Solo Competition, the "Pershing's Own" National Collegiate Solo Competition, the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, and the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, among others. Alumni of the UK Tuba/Euphonium Studio hold major positions at colleges and universities across the country as well as in some of the world's leading musical ensembles. 

May 1 2021, 1:00pm to 5:30pm


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