Marty D. Erickson (he-him-his)
Conservatory of Music
Marty was principal/solo tubist with the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., serving 7 presidents. His remarkable reputation as a soloist in both classical and jazz idioms was celebrated in a retrospective concert at in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2013. He has been the principal Eb Tubist with the Brass Band of Battle Creek for the past thirty years and is a founding member of Millennium Brass Quintet, The Symphonia tuba-euphonium ensemble, the Tuba-Percussion duo Balance, and The Bowie Brass Quintet. Marty is also an associate artist with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. He is currently principal tuba with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Having previously served on the music faculties of Penn State University, The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Eastern Michigan University, Mr. Erickson is in his twenty-first year as Instructor of Tuba, Euphonium and Chamber music at the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University and performs with the Lawrence Brass faculty brass quintet. Many of Mr. Erickson's students have earned positions in the premiere service bands, as professors at major universities, and in successful recording careers.
Erickson has performed as a soloist/clinician throughout Western Europe, China, Japan, Scandinavia, United Kingdom, South America, Bermuda, Cuba and 48 of the 50 United States. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the National Symphony and Annapolis Chamber Orchestras, the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony, the Washington Masterworks Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Gunther Schuller. He has also performed as soloist on concert and recital series programs with the Boston Pops, the United States Army Band, the U.S. Army Field Band, the U.S. Marine Band and the Army Garrison bands of Oulu and Helsinki, Finland. Marty has also performed clinics for several service bands, including Navy Band-San Diego, Army TRADOC band in Virginia, and the 4th Ivy Division Army Band at Fort Carson, CO.
He has been a featured jazz and classical performer at seven International Tuba-Euphonium Conventions, which included ITEC 2012 at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria, and most recently at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He has also appeared as soloist/clinician for the International Women’s Brass Conference. Additionally, he has made seven appearances as guest jazz artist/teacher for the Deutsches TubaForum International Tuba and Euphonium Workshop at the Bayerische Musikakademie in Hammelburg, Germany.
Marty has released three solo jazz CDs; "My Very Good Friend" with pianist John Sheridan; "Smile," with Marvin Stamm, Steve Houghton and Frank Mantooth. Recently, he recorded "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, Henry Mancini, Sammy Davis Jr., Donny McCaslin, Phil Wilson, Hank Levy, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Pearl Bailey, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Rufus Reid, Frank Mantooth, Dennis Mackrel, Mike Holober, Chris Brubeck and many more.
Mr. Erickson is a Past-President of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association (ITEA), the first President to be elected to two terms. He is the Adjudicating Chairman for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival LFIETF). As a founding member, Mr. Erickson has served 38 years on the Falcone Festival board.
Marty plays Erickson Signature mouthpieces and is a clinician/design consultant for Willson tubas distributed by the Getzen Company in the US. He performs on the Willson tubas he helped to design.