Who I am
Tubazimm is a brand I have built to bring all the projects I undergo under one name. These projects include freelancing as a tuba player, teaching low brass lessons, managing and performing in the Silver Tetrad tuba quartet, composing and arranging music, and producing music for myself and others. I am also a student attending Illinois State University pursuing degrees in Tuba Performance and Finance.
In the Beginning there was tuba
I began playing the tuba at the age of ten in the Germantown Hills fifth grade band and have loved playing tuba ever since. The tuba became my true passion soon after I started playing and is still my sole focus to this day. This love of tuba began to increase as I entered high school.
Metamora Township Years
I am a 2015 graduate of Metamora Township High School where I received an excellent music education from Chris Render and Dr. Wally Parks. During my time at MTHS I became extremely active as a musician. Before my first day of classes I was out on the marching field with the MTHS marching band. I played in the Wind Ensemble all four years and remember traveling to the Music for all national festival in Indianapolis with the band my freshman year and going to Washington D.C in my last. The trip to the Music for All national festival was where I fully committed to pursuing a career in music after watching the Honor band of America perform. I frequently took lessons with tuba players in the surrounding area in the effort to learn more about the tuba. Throughout my high school career I was the tubist in the Central Illinois Youth Symphony, two-time Honors All-State Band participant and participated in the the Music for All: Honor Band of America and Honors Orchestra of America. I was the founder of Bottom Line Tuba Quartet that was a group of low brass friends from MTHS and I began the Metamora Township High School Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble that was collection of almost all of the tuba and euphonium players at MTHS.
Illinois State University
During my high school years Dr. Andrew Rummel came to MTHS to teach a masterclass and shortly after I began driving up to ISU on Fridays to take lessons. Dr. Rummel has been the most important mentor to me from very early on and that is ultimately why I decided I had to go to school at Illinois State University. I began school as Music Education and Tuba Performance Major with a minor in personal finance but have since transferred to just Tuba Performance and a full degree in Finance. My time in college has been full of playing in performing ensembles, going to conferences, playing recitals and learning about music the world of business with my finance major.
My Side Hustle
I wrote my first arrangement for low brass in Jr. High School. Penny Lane for two euphoniums and a tuba. I did this because I wanted to play the music I was listening to on my ipod. I couldn't find the right instrumentation for my friends and I so I decided I would figure out how to arrange the music myself. This became something I really got into in high school as the Bottom line Tuba quartet formed and we wanted to play music that was popular to us and fun for an audience. We did arrangements of Star Trek into Darkness, a theme from the Hobbit soundtrack, a Sam Smith cover and more.
Since the Bottom Line Tuba Quartet had to split due to all of us going to different colleges I was forced to find a new way to play the music I wanted while still performing on tuba. This led me to combining tuba and electronics to create a new type of performance using the tuba. I figured out how to playing music by looping different tracks on top of each other or by creating my own backing tracks to play along with. Even in high school I began recording some of the arrangements I had done for the Bottom Line Tuba quartet or projects that we hadn't played.
My experience with recording and making music led me to the creation of my first album Mix-Tape One. Mix-Tape One is meant to push the tuba outside of the roles it is commonly heard in. Mix-Tape 1 combines electronic instruments with the tuba to create a hybrid sound between the original artist's version of a song infused with Tuba. Versions of pop songs and anime soundtrack themes are commonplace in Mix-Tape 1. The album feels like sharing my favorite playlist with a friend. All of the covers are songs that I love myself and want to share to all my listeners. The original songs all have stories even though they lack lyrics. This is how I arrived at the name Mix-Tape 1. My mixtape made for you!
Publishing my first album was a great learning experience and has prepared to write, perform and produce even more music in the future. I now actively search for projects that I can help write music for and produce because I find that I love using the skills I have developed over the years.
My solo tuba competitions have included 3rd place in the Peoria Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, 2nd place in the CIYS Senior Solo Competition, and 1st place in the Prairie Winds Senior Solo Competition. In 2016 I was selected as an alternate in the Falcone Tuba Student Competition.
Outside of music I ride my bike, run triathlons, read, listen to audiobooks, play video games, have a serious craving for milkshakes and enjoy spending time with my friends and family.
Eric Loring - Director of Bands - GHMS
Adam Schneblin - Director of Bands - EPCHS
Chris Render - Director of Bands - MTHS
Dr. Wally Parks - Former Director of Bands - MTHS
Dr. Andrew Rummel - Professor of Tuba and Euphonium - ISU