Earlier this month, the Tacoma Concert Band took their show on the road. During a tour of Scotland and Ireland, the band put on performances at a number of locations like Scotland’s Stirling Castle, the Dublin National Concert Hall and Limerick, Ireland.
On July 7, TCB participated in the 39th annual South of Ireland Band Championships in Clonakilty, Ireland. There, TCB took the first-place trophy for Best Band. The group also won the award for Best Performance of an Original Composition for its performance of Alfred Reed’s “Punchinello.” Further, TCB won an award for Best Brass Section in the competition.
The tour marks the end of the line for TCB founder and longtime conductor Robert Musser, who now goes into retirement. Beginning next season, Gerard Morris will take over the helm and lead TCB into the future. Morris joined University of Puget Sound School of Music faculty in fall 2009, and currently serves as interim director, director of bands, and department chair for winds and percussion. In 2016 he became an associate professor and was honored as the recipient of the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Morris earned a bachelor of arts degree in music from Western Michigan University, a master of music education degree from University of Colorado at Boulder, and a doctor of music degree in conducting from Northwestern University. Morris’s conducting and teaching are informed by years of professional performing experience as principal euphonium with Boulder Brass and United States Marine Corps Band, Hawai’i. With these organizations, he toured the United States, Australia, and Costa Rica as both an ensemble member and soloist.