Music Alumni to Perform in ATLAS Tuba Quartet

Posted on 9/14/2015 12:11:06 PM

Geoff Durbin (’07) and Mike Waddell (’12) will perform as members of the ATLAS Tuba and Euphonium Quartet on Tuesday, September 15, at 5:00 p.m. in Cogswell 121.

In addition to Durbin and Waddell, ATLAS also includes Matt Hightower and Andy Smith as members. They will be performing a program that includes compositions by IUP Department of Music faculty member Zach Collins, IUP alumnus Anthony O’Toole, as well as Hightower, Frank Gulino, J.S. Bach, Steven Snowden, and Crawford Gates.

Mike WaddellWaddell is cofounder and director of Education at the Columbus Brass Academy in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his work as an educator, Waddell is busy as both a euphoniumist and trombonist. He is currently the solo euphonium with the Dublin Silver Band as well as the Central Ohio Brass Band. An active performer across all genres, Waddell can be heard on multiple recordings of the Keystone Wind Ensemble; Tempo Di Bourgeois, Jack Stamp: Grace and Glory, and the Music of Fischer Tull. Waddell’s trombone playing can be heard on the album Versatile Southern Rock and Roll from the band Rye. His principal teachers have been Adam Frey, Zach Collins, Christian Dickinson, and Mark Mitchell.

Geoff DurbinDurbin is a professional euphoniumist and trombonist based in Memphis, Tenn. as an active performer, teacher, and clinician. In addition to ATLAS, he is currently a member of the Yamaha-endorsed, San Diego-based brass quintet Presidio Brass. Of his personal accolades, possibly the most significant is his first prize Gold Medal finish at the 2013 Leonard Falcone Euphonium Competition. He holds degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Texas.