Internationally-renown tuba artist Martin (Marty) Erickson will be the guest soloist at the Symphonic Band’s 37th annual Pops Concert on April 17. The event will take place at the Fond du Lac High School Performing Arts Center, starting at3:00 p.m. Erickson will perform Concertino for Tuba and Winds by 20th century German composer Rolf Wilhelm. A major work in three movements, the Concertino is an appealing showpiece that draws on ragtime, Bavarian folk music and lyrical melodies to demonstrate both virtuosic technique and the expressive qualities of the mighty tuba – the deepest voice of the modern wind instrument family.
Marty Erickson has performed as a soloist/clinician throughout Western Europe, China, Japan, Scandinavia,
United Kingdom, Bermuda, Cuba and in 48 of the 50 United States. His credits include the Chicago Symphony, Boston Pops, National Symphony, Baltimore Opera Orchestra, Maryland Symphony, Washington Masterworks Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Gunther Schuller. Erickson has also performed as soloist on programs with the U.S. Army Band, U.S. Army Field Band, U.S. Marine Band and the Army Garrison bands of Oulu and Helsinki, Finland. In March of 2013, he performed a solo tuba recital in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Erickson was principal/solo tubist with the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., for twenty-six years, and has been the principal Eb Tubist with the Brass Band of Battle Creek since 1990. He is also a founding member of Millennium Brass Quintet and the Grammy Award-nominated Symphonia Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. Having previously served on the faculties of Penn State University and Eastern Michigan University, Erickson has been Lecturer of Tuba, Euphonium and Chamber Music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton since 2002, and he is currently principal tuba with the Fox Valley Symphony.
In May 2015, Marty traveled to Switzerland and Germany to perform as guest soloist with brass bands and as a recitalist. Additionally, he made his seventh appearance as guest jazz artist/teacher for the Deutsches Tuba Forum International Tuba and Euphonium Workshop at the Bayerische Musikakademie in Hammelburg. He has been a featured jazz and classical performer at seven International Tuba-Euphonium Association Conventions, including ITEC 2012 at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria, and most recently at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
On July 1, 2015, he was named President of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association, the first President to serve two terms. He is also the Adjudicating Chairman for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival (LFIETF). As a founding member, Mr. Erickson has served 30 years on the Falcone Festival board.
Marty has released three solo jazz CDs; “My Very Good Friend” with pianist John Sheridan; “Smile,” with Marvin Stamm and Frank Mantooth, and most recently “You and I” with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and an all-star rhythm section. He has performed on over fifty recordings of orchestra, concert band, brass band, dixieland jazz, folk, and children’s music. His most recent recordings include performances with the Millennium Brass Quintet, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the New Columbian Brass Band on the Dorian label, as well as Grammy-nominated recordings with the Symphonia Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.
As a tubist/bassist, Marty has worked with Joe Wilder, Grover Washington, Pete Christlieb, Sammy Davis Jr., Donny McCaslin, Phil Wilson, Hank Levy, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Pearl Bailey, and many more.
Marty is a clinician/design consultant for the Willson tubas distributed by the Getzen Company (Elkhorn WI) in the United States, and he performs on the Willson 3400S Eb Tuba, the 3100S BBb Tubas and the Erickson Signature mouthpieces he helped to design.