‘Octubafest’ begins this evening

Members of the Marshall University Tuba and Euphonium Studio will present solo performances to kick off the annual celebration of Octubafest.  The first of two events will be held at 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Jomie Jazz Center.

Marshall’s Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, “Tubonium,” will perform a concert with an array of Halloween-themed compositions to celebrate TUBAWEEN at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in Smith Music Hall.  This year the program will feature a combined ensemble including the Department of Music students and faculty, local high school students and community members. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy the festive costumes, decorations and free candy.  There will be “kid-friendly” activities and costumes are welcome.

“This year’s tuba/euphonium ensemble is the largest in the history of the university,” said Dr. George Palton, adjunct professor of tuba. “Along with their high school guests, the ensemble will feature nearly 30 tuba and euphonium players in full Halloween costume.  Be sure to come early for candy and the legendary pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!”

Admission is free and open to the public. For further information about these events or music at Marshall, call ext. 6-3117 or e-mail Palton at palton@marshall.edu.