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Over the last 20 years, Demondrae Thurman has established a worldwide reputation through his varied experiences as a euphonium soloist, educator, chamber musician, and conductor. He has given performances in Canada, Hungary, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Spain, Taiwan, Macau, Norway, China, Italy, Austria, England, Wales, and throughout the United States. Demondrae is a frequently invited guest at many of the world's most noted festivals and conferences for Low Brass including the International Euphonium Tuba Conference, the United States Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop, and the Leonard Falcone International Solo Competition.
Demondrae is known for his signature sound and overt musicality. Maestro Gerard Schwarz, Music Director of the Eastern Music Festival and the All Star Orchestra says, "When he plays, he's speaking his own euphonium language, part singer, tenor and baritone, and part remarkable brass player. He sings on his instrument and reaches everyone in his audience. His technique seems flawless and his phrasing is remarkable." As an advocate of new music, Demondrae has commissioned or premiered several works for Euphonium including In Memorium for Euphonium and Band by Maestro Schwarz, the Heritage Concerto for Euphonium and Band by Anthony Barfield, Fantasy for Euphonium Orchestra, and Soliloquies for Unaccompanied Euphonium by John Stevens. In 2020, Demondrae was featured two separate times on American Public Media's Performance Today hosted by Fred Child.
Demondrae is often given the opportunity to perform repertoire that calls for euphonium and bass trumpet. He has performed with many of the finest orchestras in the United States including the Atlanta Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as the 2016 Summer Season with the New Philharmonic under the leadership of Maestro Alan Gilbert. Anu Tali, former Music Director of the Sarasota Orchestra and the Nordic Symphony Orchestra says, "Demondrae's warm sound combined with artistic flexibility is every orchestra's and conductor's dream." Demondrae has also performed under the baton of Yannick Seget Zegun, Donald Runnicles, Robert Spano, Gerard Schwarz, Andrew Litton, and Carlos Kalmar. Demondrae also plays Baritone horn in the Brass Band of Battle Creek, an all-star brass and percussion ensemble.
Chamber Music is an integral component of Demondrae's career. Has performed on euphonium and trombone with the Philadelphia Big Brass, Proteus 7, Dallas Brass, and the Youngblood Brass Band- but his most celebrated collaboration is as first euphonium with the Sotto Voce Quartet. Sotto Voce is responsible for changing the direction and perception of the tuba-euphonium quartet. Noted for its performance of "in-house" compositions and arrangements, mostly by tubist and composer Mike Forbes, Sotto Voce has overcome the "omm-pah" implications that come with low brass instruments. Edward Forstman of Arts Bham writes, "... the players summoned tones that would have sounded right for string instruments or vocal ensembles." In addition to playing concerts as a part of major concert series and university settings, live performances are frequently heard on Performance Today.
Demondrae has released three solo recordings, all of which have received stellar reviews. His latest album, Snapshots, received the Silver Medal for Best Album by Global Music Awards. In March of 2021, Demondrae will release his fourth solo effort with Prima Classic entitled Sound and Light. The Sotto Voce quartet has four studio recordings in addition to a live performance recording from the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the most prominent music educator’s conference in the United States. Demondrae can also be heard on recordings with the Temptations, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Saint Louis Low Brass Collective, and the Isthmus Brass.
Conducting has become an important aspect of Demondrae’s career since making his debut in 1999. Since that time, he has appeared as a guest conductor with numerous wind bands, brass bands, and symphony orchestras. His symphony orchestra debut came in 2008 conducting Scheherazade by Rimsky Korsakov with the Huxford Symphony Orchestra of the University of Alabama where he also served as its conductor from 2011-2013. He is the former Resident Assistant Conductor of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra (Alabama) where he conducted children's concerts and Pops programs.
Currently, Demondrae is Professor of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The position was created for him to utilize his specific skills and expertise in euphonium and brass chamber music. He is also serves on the faculty of Samford University and has given masterclasses and clinics at many of the world's leading colleges and universities for low brass. Demondrae Thurman is a Miraphone Performing Artist and plays exclusively the Miraphone 5050 Ambassador Edition euphonium which was designed specifically for him. He also plays the custom Demondrae model mouthpiece manufactured by Warburton Music Products and is a Shires Trombone Performing Artist.
Dr. Joseph L. Jefferson is the Asst. Professor of Trombone/Euphonium and Director of Jazz Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. As a soloist, chamber musician, educator, and adjudicator, Joseph maintains an active schedule in Classical, Jazz, and commercial musical settings. Dr. Jefferson has been a guest artist and presenter at the International Trombone Festival, International Horn Symposium, University of Nevada, Reno, Texas A & M - Kingsville Trombone Day, University of Evansville Brass & Percussion Day, Mt. Hood Community College, Mineral Area College, and Three Rivers College. As a performer, Dr. Jefferson has shared the stage with a variety of groups and artists such as The Colour of Music Orchestra, The Irish Tenors, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, Zoltan Kiss (Mnozil Brass), Sean Jones, Randy Brecker, and international R&B artists Dwele and Raheem Devaughn among others. Internationally, Dr. Jefferson has had performing and teaching residencies in Bermuda and Asia at the College of Music, Mahidol University in Thailand.
Dr. Jefferson has earned degrees from Norfolk State (B.M), Shenandoah Conservatory (M.M.), and West Virginia University (D.M.A.) under the tutelage of esteemed faculty; including, Dr. Keith Jackson, Dr. Wayne Wells, Dr. Mike Hall, and Mr. Paul Adams. He has also studied with Joseph Alessi, Amanda Stewart, Andre Hayward, Dr. Natalie Mannix, Delfeayo Marsalis, David Vining, and Donna Parkes. Joseph is an S.E. Shires and Giddings Mouthpieces Performing Artist.
Contact Dr. Joseph Jefferson at email@example.com for more information.