Community Band hosts renowned artist

Courtesy photo The Hollidaysburg Community Band gathers on stage to celebrate 59 years in 2012. The group will host artist Zach Collins during a free concert Sunday at 7 p.m.

The Hollidaysburg Community Band presents a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Canal Basin Park and features Zach Collins, an accomplished soloist, composer and arranger, who serves as a professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The Hollidaysburg Community Band is in its 65th year and is made up of all volunteer members who share a common bond of performing and improving musical skills and sharing their talents with the community. New members are welcome to join, regardless of whether they are a Hollidaysburg alumnus.

At IUP, Collins teaches applied lessons to all tuba and euphonium majors, leads the IUP Tubaphon-ium Ensemble, and teaches classes in music technology. Collins performs with the Hoodlebug Brass Quintet (IUP’s faculty brass quintet), Eastern Standard, Keystone Wind Ensemble, Keystone Chamber Winds and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

In 2015, IUP awarded Collins the Distinguished Faculty Award for Creative Arts and a year previously, he was named a National Arts Associate by Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity.

Additionally, Collins has performed as a soloist — multiple times — at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, Northeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, and at the U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference (2010), Western PASSHE Low Brass Consortium (2010), and Marshall University Tuba Day (2010). Recent solo and chamber engagements have taken him to Ohio, West Virginia, Washington D.C., New York, Texas and Moscow, Russia. His interpretation of William Kraft’s Encounters II for Solo Tuba was released on Cambria Master Recordings in August 2009.

Collins is an accomplished composer and arranger of works for brass instruments and has published a series of duets to YouTube, found on the Bass Clef Duets web page.

Collins’ extensive performing career includes appearances with the band Korn on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, several motion pictures including “Spider-Man 3,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” “X-Men 3,” “Bobby,” “Next,” “Rocky Balboa,” and “Live Free or Die Hard” and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Festival Orchestra of the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Riverside County Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Texas Chamber Orchestra, and the Texas Wind Symphony. In these ensembles Zach has performed under the baton of conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Helmuth Rilling.

Collins earned his bachelor of music in tuba performance from Texas Christian University and his master and doctor of music in tuba performance from the University of Southern California. While at TCU, Zach’s primary studies were with Richard Murrow, a freelance musician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. At USC his teachers were Jim Self and Tommy Johnson, both studio musicians, and Norm Pearson, principal tubist of the Los Angeles Philhar-monic.

This guest artist was supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency through its regional arts funding partnership, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School Auditorium.

Staff writer Patt Keith can be reached at 949-7030.

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