Thursday, February 27, 2014
Ryan Snell of Goose Creek will perform with the Tennessee Tech University tuba ensemble in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City March 13.
Snell, a first-year graduate student and alumnus of TTU’s music program, will be a part of the ensemble’s 2014 tour from Tennessee to New York and back. The group is comprised of 26 musicians from across the country.
The tour will also include performances at the National Association for Music Educators national convention, the U.S. Army Band tuba conference in Washington, D.C., and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference and the National Adjudicators Invitational Festival.
The Tennessee Tech tuba ensemble has performed eight times at Carnegie Hall and was the first of its kind to perform there in 1976. It has also performed in two World’s Fairs, in the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the International Brass Congress, Disney World and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
In its 47th year, the ensemble was founded by TTU tuba professor R. Winston Morris in 1967. It has nearly 30 recordings to its name and was the subject of a National Public Television documentary, “Tuba U: Basso Profundo.”
In addition to playing in the tuba ensemble, Snell is a member of the faculty Brass Arts Quintet, Bryan Symphony Orchestra, symphony band, concert band, Golden Eagle marching band and Golden Eagle basketball band at TTU.
A son of Rita and Mike Snell, he is a 2008 graduate of Stratford High School.