Although 2014 marks the 41st year of the ITEC, the event will celebrate its first 40 years and beginnings with the first International Tuba / Euphonium Symposium organised by the late Harvey Phillips at Indiana University. Said the ITEA’s current President, Jerry Young: “We will commemorate that first international gathering and honour the memory of the great Harvey Phillips by reviewing what we have accomplished over the past 40 years in terms of growth of repertoire, improvement of equipment and, most importantly, artistry, but we will look forward too. There will be many world premières celebrating the past, present
The ITEA itself was founded as the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association in the late 1960s - originally a very loosely organised club brought together by the tubist of the Montreal Symphony, Robert Ryker, now a professional conductor in Japan. In the early 1970s, a group of tubists led by Harvey Phillips started planning for a more formalised organisation, which birthed at the 1973 Symposium at Indiana University. The organisation now has more than 2,000 members worldwide and is currently experiencing significant growth.