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The "Now" page for Andrew Hitz. This page is updated regularly with what tuba player, author and speaker Andrew Hitz is up to.

What I'm Doing Now

(This is my now page. You should make one too.)

This month started with two emotionally charged trips that I’m still processing. The first was Sam Pilafian’s Celebration of Life in Tempe, AZ. You can watch my tribute to him (and read the transcript) here. The other trip was to my alma mater, Northwestern University, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Playing under the baton of Mallory Thompson was reinvigorating on every possible level.

I am honored to be on the incredible lineup of presenters for the International Music Education Summit. I am doing a presentation on mindset, a subject which is near and dear to my heart.

I am doing a Breathing Gym master class at the George Mason Brass Summer Camp next week which should be fun.

Next month I will be returning to my roots and playing a recital and masterclass at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where I spent four summers in the early 90’s attending the Empire Brass Seminar and the Young Artist Orchestra program. Can’t wait to work with some of the most talented young minds in the music world!

What I’m Reading: Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock by Steve Hyden. I’m only about 10% of the way in and it is some really great storytelling. Feels like my adolescence has been given a narrator!

What I’m Listening To: Getting lost on deep dives in the new Idagio music service. I am listening to Trio Zimmerman’s incredible arrangement of the Bach Goldberg Variations as I type this. This classical streaming service is so worth $10. Can’t recommend it any more highly.

(Last updated June 11, 2019)