Military Intelligence Corps Band performs at Southwest Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference

By Warrant Officer 1 Jonathan Crane
U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Band

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On April 10th and the 11th the U.S. Army Military Intelligence (MI) Corps Band from Fort Huachuca, Arizona performed for the International Tuba Euphonium Association's Southwest Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference. The conference gathered performers and educators from all over the southwest to Grants High School in Grants, New Mexico. This was the first opportunity this year for the MI Corps Band to perform as a full ensemble.

The first night featured the MI Corps Band's ability to move from traditional marches and concert pieces, to arrangements of popular music with our new vocalist Sgt. Amanda Tetreault. The highlight of the concert was when the commander, Warrant Officer 1 Jonathan Crane, challenged his tubists to a war with sousaphones. Don't worry, no sousaphones were injured during the performance.

On the second night the MI Corps Band had the privilege of backing up three world-class soloists. Anthony Kniffen performed the John Williams Tuba Concerto, Alexander Lapins performed "Cityscapes" by Allen Vizzutti, and finally Matthew Tropman rocked the Carnival of Venice on the euphonium!

The Band made many new friends and contacts with educators from all over the southwest. Special thanks goes out to Staff Sgt. Dennis Conner and Cpl. Samantha Klafka from the First Armored Division Band for playing with us and making us sound that much better.

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