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Morehead State music presents OcTUBAfest performances this week 

embedded-news-octubafest-2023.webpThanks to Morehead State, some of music’s biggest brass instruments get an annual showcase this weekend.  

MSU’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance and the International Tuba/Euphonium Association (ITEA) - Earle L. Louder Chapter will perform OcTUBAfest 2023. The event takes place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Battson-Oates Common Area in downtown Morehead. Downtown Morehead, Inc. is presenting the event, and St. Claire HealthCare is the event sponsor.  

The concert will feature the MSU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble directed by Dr. Stacy Baker, professor of music – tuba/euphonium. MSU faculty guest artists include:  

  • Dr. Lori Baruth - professor of music, clarinet  
  • Dr. Brian Mason - professor of music, percussion  
  • Dr. DuWayne Dale - director of bands, associate professor of music  
  • Dr. Ben Cantrell - assistant professor, percussion  

In addition to student and faculty performances, OcTUBAfest will also feature MSU alumni guest performers.  

Baker said that the concert will be an excellent showcase for the talent of MSU and the tuba while featuring musical styles that fit this time of year.  

“OcTUBAFest is an annual celebration of the instruments of the tuba family. The first OcTUBAfest was held at Indiana University in 1972 by Harvey Phillips,” Baker said. “Our Morehead OcTUBAfest is styled after the traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest held in Germany, where the tuba was invented in 1835.”  

In addition to the performance this weekend, the MSU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble will also perform during MSU’s Oktoberfest event from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Rocky Adkins Dining Commons (The Rock). It will feature themed food, crafts, and a preview performance of the OcTUBAfest show this weekend.  

To learn more about these performances and other MSU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble shows, contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at or 606-783-2473. 

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