TBJ94: Gail Robertson

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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:

  • Moving!

  • Playing with the Brass Band of Battle Creek

  • Spider bites

  • Her crazy summer

  • Blossom Festival Band with Loras Schissel and Travis Scott

  • Getting her DMA in 18 months at Michigan State University

  • The Tubafours

  • 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

  • Jerry Young

  • 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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