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Welcome to my website! This website exists to share research I have conducted on musical instruments manufactured by Frank Holton & Co., list information about Oscar Stover, post information for current and future students, provide links to recordings of tuba and conducting performances, and finally to share photos with family and friends. If you are viewing this website from a smartphone or tablet, it is easiest to navigate from one of the top levels (Organology, Conducting, Low Brass or Family). I installed a search bar below . . . let me know how it works. Please contact me if you have any questions or comments! 

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I am excited to announce that I have accepted an offer to become the next ITEA Historian. Watch for articles in the Journal and further updates on the web!


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June 30     Watters Creek Band Concert, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra Winds, Allen, Texas, 7:30 PM

July 1     Northeast Texas Symphony, Sulphur Springs, Texas, 8:00 PM

July 5     Rapid City Municipal Band, Rapid City, South Dakota, 8:00 PM

July 12     Rapid City Municipal Band, Rapid City, South Dakota, 8:00 PM

July 19     Rapid City Municipal Band, Rapid City, South Dakota, 8:00 PM

July 26     Rapid City Municipal Band, Rapid City, South Dakota, 8:00 PM

August     Forney High School Band Camp Clinician, Forney, Texas

August     Rockwall Heath High School Band Camp Clinician, Heath, Texas


If you are looking to sign your child up for private lessons, please follow the links below! Click the "Summer 2017 Lessons" to register for summer lessons. The 2017-2018 button is now active.







Looking for information on the 2017 South Central Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference? Click the image above! Hosted by Ken Drobnak & Scott Roeder!


March 17, 2017     Solo Recital at SCRTEC 2017, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


May 5, 2016     Tuba de Mayo at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Tuba Trios: Trumpeter's Lullaby, Chunca

Solos: Polka.com (Scott Roeder), Ordner Seg (Ken Drobnak with Ken Saxon)

Ensemble:  Arriba Pichatoro, Calypso, Chiapas, Mofongo Relleno

December 15, 2015     Faculty Recital at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


March 2015     CBDNA National Conference: Oscar Stover Poster

May 2014     ITEA International Conference: Prototype Tubas in the Holton Collection at the National Music Museum

Above: Menuetto movements from Suite No. 1 for Cello (Bach/Sauer)



All recent and updated items will be highlighted in this right column!

Highlights from Dr. Drobnak's SCRTEC performance are below.

Recordings from the 1950s Michigan State Band under Leonard Falcone, the University of Kansas Band under Russell Wiley, and various Trumpet Artists have been added to the historical recordings page in the Oscar Stover Archives.

Private lesson signups for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 are posted.


Above: Chunca by Rafael Mendez, arr. Drobnak. Ken Drobnak, Jeffrey Baker, and Scott Roeder, Tuba. DIno Mulic, Piano. March 2017

Above: Opposites Attract from James Grants' Ten Blind Dates for Solo Tuba, The Second Date.

Above: Reflecting from Ten Blind Dates for Solo Tuba, The Second Date, by James Grant.

Above: Ordner Seg by Øystein Baadsvik. Tuba de Mayo performance, May 3, 2016 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, TSC Arts Center, Brownsville, Texas

There will be many references to NMM on this website, which refers to the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota. If you have any interest in the history of musical instruments, I encourage you to click on the link to their webpage below and learn about one of the finest institutions of its kind, anywhere. 


  • 6/28//17 posted Fall Lesson Signups. Let me know about bad links. Thanks!
  • 6/20/17 home page updated, appearance data updated, et.al.; student information and dates for fall posted.
  • 6/15/17 updated Concrete to, Tuba page cleaned up and updated to reflect Summer performances and appearances. Legacy page created for older recordings. Fonts and images being updated throughout the website.
  • 4/17/2017 added links for summer lesson signups. Also, updated the "What's new section". Several minor updates to top page.
  • 4/2/2017 - linked performance video from SCRTEC 2017 to front page
  • February 2017: some general updates and minor fixes. I am beginning to plan a transition to a new template and will be slowing updates as this begins. Also put up links to the SCRTEC website, which has taken most of my web development time.
  • 10/13 updated appearances on Tuba Page
  • 9/28/16 Posted 1987-1988 Oscar Stover Archive Memorabilia.
  • 9/18/16 Updated Generic Lesson Schedule
  • 9/11/2016 posted a history of Frank Holton & Company from the 90th Anniversary edition of Holton's Harmony Hints. Edits were made to account for new information available today.

Videos moved to new server:

1979-1980 (6 plays); 1983-1984 (new); 1984-1985 (new); 1980-1981 (new); 1981-1982 (new); 1957 MSU Charting (1 play); 1985-6 (new); 1987-1988 (new);

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