IU briefs: Concert will celebrate life of Harvey Phillips

IU briefs: Concert will celebrate life of Harvey Phillips


By Mike Leonard

The Jacobs School of Music will host a “Festival of Friends” musical celebration honoring the life and career of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Harvey Phillips in the Musical Arts Center on Oct. 15 at 3 p.m.

The free event, which will take place almost a year after Phillips’ death, will include performances from faculty, distinguished alumni and students from the Jacobs School as well as ensembles Phillips innovated such as Octubafest, TubaSantas, Tubajazz Consort, Brass Quintet and a Mass Tuba Ensemble that will feature around 75 tubas.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the incredible life and accomplishments of Harvey Phillips,” said Dan Perantoni, professor of tuba. “It’s especially meaningful to note that the event takes place in the MAC, where Harvey hosted the first International Tuba/Euphonium Symposium in June of 1973, shortly following the center’s opening.

Harvey Phillips Celebration – October 15

Musical Arts Center, 3:00 p.m., Octuba 15, 2011


Harvey Phillips gave the tuba “class and integrity.” His influence on the rest of the brass instruments was second to none. Much of what we have today as musicians, and especially as tuba players, is due to the efforts of Harvey Phillips. Harvey always preferred to have a Celebration of his life.  Therefore I am hosting a presentation and gathering of his many friends to celebrate Harvey’s incredible life and accomplishments. What could be better than celebrating OCTUBAFEST 2011 honoring the person who started it all?

To honor Harvey, we will be showing films and pictures of him throughout the program. We are also seeking to establish an endowed scholarship in his name that would benefit the Jacobs School of Music tuba students into perpetuity. Information on how you can make a gift to this scholarship is enclosed. Please send any pictures that you think would be of interest to Matthew Wisley, Development Assistant, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, 1201 E. Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47405 or email to mcwisley@indiana.edu.

All former students of Harvey’s, IU grads, friends and former colleagues are cordially invited to attend this tribute to Harvey. Let us pack the hall and hopefully have national news coverage.

Daniel Perantoni
Prof. of Music (Tuba)
Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47401

If you plan to attend, please print and send in the attached form.

(MAC Stage)

Friday, Octuba 14

TUBAJAZZ – Time to be determined

Saturday, Octuba 15


MAC Auditorium

WELCOME: Professor Daniel Perantoni and Dean Richards, IU Jacobs School of Music
OCTUBAFEST/TUBACOMPANY: Norlan Bewley conductor– Alumni ensemble
BRASS QUINTET: Ex New York Brass Quintet members, IU Brass Quintet
TUBAJAZZ: David Baker host, Performance by TUBAJAZZ members and honored guests.
TUBAJAZZ FAVORITES: Spoofy, Georgia, Indiana
TUBACHRISTMAS: IU ensemble in Santa Outfits: Winston Morris, conductor
Everybody bring instruments—plan on about 100 or more tubas and euphoniums to perform.
HARVEY FAVORITES: Harvey’s Bach Air, Elsa’s Procession, Barnum and Bailey’s Favorites (in honor of Harvey’s Circus Days.), Come Sweet Death (Harvey’s Tribute to Bill Bell)
FINAL video of Harvey and family following the program in the MAC Lobby.


Video from the Jacobs School of Music

With the memorial service taking place for Harvey Phillips this afternoon, the Jacobs School has created this short tribute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qh7J2FMyPQ

Jacobs School’s 2010 Octubafest dedicated to the memory of Harvey Phillips

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Brass Department presents the 2010 Octubafest, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 27 and running through Oct. 31, when an Octobaween concert will be performed at 7 p.m. in Ford-Crawford Hall. The series of concerts by Jacobs School of Music students offers a wide variety of performances on the tuba and the euphonium and will be dedicated to the memory of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Harvey Phillips. Click for details >

Obituary published in the New York Times

The New York Times carried an obituary of Harvey Phillips, Sunday, October 24. “Like many towering exponents of a musical instrument, Mr. Phillips left a legacy of new works, students and students of students. But even more, he bequeathed an entire culture of tuba-ism: an industry of TubaChristmases (252 cities last year) and tuba minifestivals, mainly at universities, called Octubafests.”  Click for more >

In Memory of Harvey Phillips

Harvey Phillips

The Jacobs School of Music is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Harvey Phillips.  This blog will be developed over time to mark the life of this extraordinary musician, teacher, entrepreneur, and mentor.

Please feel free to leave your comments and thoughts by clicking on the “Recollections” tab above.

Viewing and Memorial Service Announced

VIEWING: Tuesday, October 26 from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Allen Funeral Home, 4155 S Old State Road 37, Bloomington. Phone: (812) 336-4270

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Wednesday, October 27
Viewing 12:30 – 1:00 | Service 1:00
First United Methodist Church, 219 E 4th St, Bloomington

BURIAL: Following the service
Clear Creek Cemetery, 9604 S Bay Pointe Circle, Bloomington

NPR Mentions Harvey Phillips

The news on NPR’s All Things Considered this evening ended with a small segment in memory of Harvey Phillips: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130732198

2008 – IU President’s Medal for Excellence

In September, 2008, Harvey Phillips received the IU President’s Medal for Excellence, one of the highest honors an IU president can bestow.  Here’s the link to the press release: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/8779.html

2007 – American Classical Music Hall of Fame

An article published by IU Communications in 2007:  Harvey Phillips, tuba virtuoso and distinguished professor emeritus at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has added another honor to one of the most remarkable careers in modern American musical history. He has become the first wind player chosen for induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

See more here: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/6906.html