The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble was founded in 2009 under the direction of Dr. Scott Roeder. Since its creation, the ensemble has quickly gained national and international acclaim. In 2012 the UTRGV Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble performed at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference and Brass Festival Linz in Linz, Austria as one of only a handful of tuba-euphonium ensembles from the United States to be invited to perform. The ensemble has also performed at the 2014 and 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conferences at Indiana University and the University of Tennessee, 2011 ITEA South Central Tuba Euphonium Conferences at Baylor University, the 2013 and 2015 Texas Music Education Association Conference, the 2013 ITEA South Central Regional Conference at Louisiana State University and the 2013 ITEA Midwest Regional Conference at Illinois State University. Additionally the ensemble performs regular concerts at UTRGV and outreach concerts for the surrounding public school music programs. Current and former members of the ensemble have advanced or placed in numerous national and international competitions and perform in professional music ensembles across South Texas.

 

As advocates of new music, the UTRGV Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble has premiered original works and arrangements for tuba euphonium ensemble. In addition, the ensemble and studio has hosted numerous Guest Artists such as Fritz Kaenzig, Matt Tropman, Jerry Young, Lauren Veronie, Demondrae Thurman, Patrick Sheridan, Roland Szentpali, Ben Pierce, and Jason Ham.