Ridgewood TubaChristmas III

Saturday, December 15, 2018
8:00 PM
West Side Presbyterian Church
6 South Monroe
Ridgewood, NJ

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Featured Guest Narrator

Michael Salzman

Featured Soloist

Bob Sacchi – Tuba

Prelude Concert

Brookside Middle School – Collette Mather, Director

Michael Salzman

Michael Salzman

Robert Sacchi

Bob Sacchi

Michael Salzman

Professor Michael Salzman has been the Tuba and Euphonium instructor at Hofstra University since 1994. In addition, he has held the position of Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts for the Syosset Central School District since 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University where he studied with Harvey Phillips, and a Master of Music from the Mannes College of Music where he was a student of Warren Deck, former Principal Tubist of the New York Philharmonic. Other important teachers have been Sam Pilafian, Bill Barber, Michael Lind and Paul Krywicki. He also holds degrees in music education and educational administration from Queens College and Hofstra University respectively.

A well known and respected tubist and teacher in the New York metropolitan area, Professor Salzman is a former Principal Tubist of the Long Island Philharmonic and a founding member of the Cosmopolitan Brass Quintet. He also has performed with such groups as The Concert Pops of L.I., the Bridgeport Symphony, the Goldman Band and Max Morath’s 92nd Street Y Ragtime Band. Extremely active in the field of music education, he has served as the President of the Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA) and as All State Band Chair for the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). He has also served NYSSMA as a member of their Finance, Government Relations, and Advocacy Committees. In addition to his work at Hofstra and in Syosset, he remains active as a freelance tubist and as a guest conductor.

Robert Sacchi

A man with a horn, a very big horn, is NJWS’ very own Bob Sacchi, Principal Tuba and member of NJWS since 2004. A native of Bergen County, Bob began his musical career in elementary school where he began to play the tuba after switching from cornet “…because no one else wanted to do it.” He went on to study and received both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees at the Manhattan School of Music. He also attended the Julliard School and studied with the world renowned Don Butterfield and Thompson Hanks. Bob began his free-lance musical career in the Metropolitan Area in 1982 and is still performing a vigorous schedule. He is a founding member of the Gramercy Brass Orchestra, and has performed with the Goldman Memorial Band, Manhattan Symphony, Imperial Brass Band, and the Brooklyn Heights Orchestra. Bob also lends his talents on both tuba and bass saxophone to several traditional jazz groups, including the Red Onion Jazz Band, the Great Atlantic Jazz Band and Arenella’s Dreamland Orchestra. In his leisure time, Bob builds tubas and performs on a York tuba that he built and modified himself.

Program Highlights

Xerxes – John Mackey
Make Our Garden Grow – Leonard Bernstein
Colonial Song – Percy Grainger
Procession of Nobles – Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Bugler’s Holiday (Tuba Holiday!) – Leroy Anderson
Tuba Tiger Rag – Harry DeCosta/Luther Henderson
Klezmer Classics – Johan de Meij
Christmas Selections – Alec Wilder, Norlan Bewley