Modern low brass instruments—trombone, euphonium, and tuba—have legions of ancestors, cousins, and descendants in over 500 years of history. Prominent scholar and performer Douglas Yeo provides an accessible reference guide that addresses a broad range of relevant topics and brings these instruments to life with clear explanations. Brief biographies of many path-changing people highlight their influence on instrument development and use. The book’s inclusive scope also recognizes many artists whose important contributions have been overlooked in the mainstream telling of music history. Extensive illustrations by Lennie Peterson provide insight into many of the entries.
An Illustrated Dictionary for the Modern Trombone, Tuba, and Euphonium Player is a unique, single source for low brass players and teachers of all levels and serves as a quick and accessible reference guide for personal, high school, and college libraries and studios.
Recognized worldwide as a leading low brass performer, teacher, scholar, and author, Douglas Yeo has been a trombone professor at Wheaton College since 2019. From 1985–2012, he was bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He served as professor of trombone at Arizona State University from 2012–2016 and has also been on the faculties of New England Conservatory of Music, Boston University, and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.
Lennie Peterson has traveled the world as a trombonist, conductor, producer, recording artist, visual artist, and educator. Peterson’s award-winning artwork has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States including the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, the Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts in Manhattan, and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
Not simply a re-telling of past voices, but strong, new stories and insight, this book presents an honest look at past societal missteps and biases, and provides a way forward for reconciliation, as an example of how musicians today can honor our past while recognizing a better future.
Douglas Yeo has hit a home run by crafting the most comprehensive one-volume compendium of information near and dear to low brass performers, teachers, and enthusiasts. His knowledge, experience, and expertise on the subjects are nonpareil.
An Illustrated Dictionary for the Modern Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba Player is grounded, comprehensive, and easily digestible throughout. Particularly notable is Yeo’s head-on approach to recognizing areas and individuals previously neglected by general scholarship.
This is a comprehensive reference work that is appropriate for all low brass players at every level, containing valuable historical information about instruments, their inventors, and path changing performers, and pedagogues. The entries are unfailingly clear and understandable and go beyond simply defining instruments and performance practices.
This is a reference that encompasses everything one needs to know as a low brass player—plus more. The illustrations are well crafted and helpful, and the book is conveniently organized in such a way that anyone can easily navigate the information.