TBJ94: Gail Robertson
TBJ94: Dr. Gail Robertson, multi-hyphenate (euphonium/tuba/ performer/teacher/arranger/angler) on her time in the Tubafours, getting a DMA in 18 months and spider bites.
Dr. Gail Robertson serves as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium/Jazz at the University of Central Arkansas where she is tubist in the Pinnacle Brass and teaches the Jazz Ensemble II. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Central Florida and an M.M. in Euphonium Performance from Indiana University while serving as graduate assistant to Harvey Phillips. She postponed her doctoral studies at the University of Maryland with Dr. Brian Bowman to perform with the “Tubafours” at Walt Disney World, Orlando where she served as musical supervisor/chief arranger and produced a highly acclaimed CD, “Tubas Under the Boardwalk.” She has recently completed her D.M.A. as a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University studying with Phil Sinder, Ava Ordman, and Ricardo Lorenz. She has taught on the faculties of Eastern Michigan University, the University of Central Florida, Bethune-Cookman University, the University of Florida, and remains active as a teacher, adjudicator, composer, arranger, and free-lance artist, both nationally and internationally.
I this fun and lively discussion, we cover:
Playing with the Brass Band of Battle Creek
Her crazy summer
Blossom Festival Band with Loras Schissel and Travis Scott
Getting her DMA in 18 months at Michigan State University
Teaching at Eastern Michigan University
Joining the faculty at the University of Central Arkansas
Starting on sax
Playing with Willie Clark and Mark Thiele
The beginnings of her arranging career
Hanging with Mr. Miyagi (or not)
Her current gig at UCA
Lessons learned from Harvey Phillips
Being a bari sax rock star
New Sousa Band
River City Brass Band
Symbiosis Duo with Stacy Baker
Playing with the Monarch Brass
Athena Brass Band
Owning a red pickup and pulling stuff with it
Fishing lure recommendations
Living with Tom Gillette for a year, shooting arrows and learning about Leonard Falcone
Serving as President-Elect for ITEA
Lance's Fucik Uke article
Her upcoming trip the US Virgin Islands
New pieces with euphonium and cajon
Her love for the glockenspiel
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