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Title:The life and career contributions of Brian L. Bowman through 1991
Author(s):Huff, Sharon Elise
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Edlefsen, Blaine
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Education, Music
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to present biographical data on the life and career of one of the United States' most prominent euphonium performer and teacher, Dr. Brian L. Bowman, and to demonstrate how he has influenced the musical world. Bowman began his career as a soloist very early in his life and continued being featured throughout his 21-year career as a United States military bandsman in Washington, D.C. Bowman's high profile as a soloist with the United States Navy Band, the United States Bicentennial Band, and the United States Air Force Band has brought greater recognition to his instrument, the euphonium.
Chapter I of the study contains the introduction, statement of purpose, questions to be explored, delimitations, need for the study, procedure of the study, and related literature. Utilizing mainly primary source materials, Chapter II describes Bowman's early background, family life, musical influences, and training. A chronological description of Bowman's professional career while he was in the military service comprises Chapter III. Chapter IV outlines many of Bowman's teaching methods and philosophies. Eight of his former euphonium students, all of whom are also professional euphoniumists, were interviewed, and the results are compiled in this chapter. Chapter V delves into how Bowman affected the design and manufacture of several models of euphoniums, including the Yamaha, Hirsbrunner, Marzan, and Willson euphoniums. A description of Bowman's involvement in the international organization for tuba and euphonium players, known as T.U.B.A., is presented in Chapter VI. Chapter VII contains information concerning the genesis and popularization of euphonium literature that was a direct result of Bowman's efforts or prominence as a musical artist. A summary of the study is contained in Chapter VIII, as are conclusions and suggestions for further study. A section of appendices is located just before the bibliography, which concludes the study.
Issue Date:1994
Rights Information:Copyright 1994 Huff, Sharon Elise
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9512407
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9512407

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