Band Concert to Feature Renowned Tuba Player

Band Concert to Feature Renowned Tuba Player


Andrew Hitz

The Buena Vista University Concert Band will perform its spring concert on Sunday, May 13 and will feature guest tuba soloist Andrew Hitz, a widely-recognized musician. 

The concert which is free and open to the public will begin at 3 p.m. at Schaller Memorial Chapel under the direction of Jerry Bertrand, assistant professor of music.

Hitz will be performing Willson Suite by Robert Smith; From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific by Herbert L. Clarke; Selections from Suite No. 3 for Unaccompanied Cello by Bach; and Blues in F for Unaccompanied Tuba by Michael Nickens. 

The BVU concert band will be featured with performances of:  First Suite in E-flat by Gustav Holst; Prelude and Fugue in G Minor by J. S. Bach; Three Revolutionary Marches by  Smetana; Old Scottish Melody arranged by Charles Wiley; and Gallito by Santiago Lope.

Hitz will also be conducting master classes in tuba performance at BVU from 10-11:30 a.m. on May 14 in Edson Hall. 

Hitz has been the tuba player for the Boston Brass since 2000.  During that time, they have performed in over 30 states and 20 countries and he has also performed solos around the world. Hitz studied with Rex Martin at Northwestern University where he earned his bachelor's degree, and was the graduate teaching assistant for world renowned tuba player Sam Pilafian at Arizona State University.

Hitz has performed with a wide range of ensembles including the New World Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Dallas Brass.  He is also a founding member of the klezmer quartet Balagan based out of New York City. His appearances on television and radio include the CBS Early Show, NPR, and Asia This Morning.

As an educational ambassador for Jupiter Band Instruments, Hitz has conducted master classes in such places as Thailand, China, Germany, and England.  He is currently on the faculties of both George Mason University and Gettysburg College.