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December, 21, 2017
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM


Meeting Room W179


Michael Grose

Michael Grose

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Buzzing Betters the Band

Clinic Synopsis:

Brass mouthpiece playing is a terrifically efficient skill for developing great tone, improved intonation, and natural musicianship. However, many do not know what makes it so effective, or the many pedagogical possibilities mouthpiece playing offers. Through a hybrid presentation of slides and a series of video clips of former Jacobs students, the physiological motivations of buzzing will be explained, and suggestions for developing excellent buzzing quality from students will be outlined.

Michael Grose - Biographical Information

Michael Grose joined the University of Oregon music faculty in 2001. Prior to coming to Oregon, Grose was principal tuba of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra and the Hilton Head Orchestra. He is currently the principal tubist of the Eugene Symphony. Grose received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Northwestern University, where he was a student of Arnold Jacobs beginning in 1981. After graduation, he continued his private study with Jacobs until 1998. While in Chicago, Grose was a tubist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Illinois Philharmonic. He has performed with the Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Honolulu, Charleston, and Jacksonville symphonies, and the Boise Philharmonic. He is also a regular substitute with the Oregon Symphony, and Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestra. In 1985 Grose received the Sweepstakes Award at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, making him the first tubist to receive that prize. Grose was also a prize-winner at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, California. Both awards came while he was a member of the Chicago-based Asbury Brass Quintet. Grose has recorded with the Chicago Symphony for London/Decca, and the Millar Brass Ensemble on the Crystal Records label. Since coming to UO, Professor Grose has developed the website,, to highlight tuba-euphonium activities, and to offer educational/pedagogical materials about the tuba and euphonium to interested students, educators, and enthusiasts. Additionally, his YouTube channel – TubaPeopleTV – has garnered international attention and praise for highlighting the pedagogy and professional stature of longtime Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal tubist, Arnold Jacobs.