Matt Tropman
Matt Tropman

Sometimes called the “cello of the band,” the euphonium is a baritone-voiced instrument many have never heard of, much less heard.  The tuba is better known, but generally not as a solo instrument.  On Tuesday (Dec. 13) at 11:30 a.m., the Arizona Senior Academy (ASA) will present a rare opportunity to hear both instruments performed by a master, Matt Tropman.

Tropman is tuba/euphonium instructor at the University of Arizona and an active freelancer, clinician, soloist and recitalist.  A New York Times review praised his latest commercially-released CD, stating “Tropman makes a serious case for the euphonium as a solo instrument.”  He received master’s and doctoral degrees in euphonium and tuba performance, respectively, and has performed with numerous bands, orchestras and chamber groups including the U.S. Marine Band (President’s Own), the San Francisco Symphony and the Detroit Symphony.

Tropman’s program is eclectic, incorporating a variety of musical styles.  On tuba he will perform “Rhythming with Air and Hammers” by Jerry Grant, a jazz musician and composer best known for film scores; and Jacques Casterede’s “Sonatine for Saxhorn,” originally written for the bass saxhorn, a brass instrument developed by the inventor of the saxophone.  On euphonium Tropman will perform Samuel Barber’s haunting arrangement of the vocal classic, “The Last Rose of Summer,” and a suite of “transcendental etudes” originally written for trumpet by Theo Charlier, recently published with piano accompaniment by Jean-Marie Cottet. 

Tropman will be accompanied by a longtime favorite of ASA audiences, pianist Elena Miraztchiyska.

Written by Margaret Scott, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

Lesser Known Brass Instruments Showcased: December 2016
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