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Bernard Flythe, Tuba
The Flythe Group, Inc. was initially founded in 2008 by Bernard H. Flythe at the request of his tax accountant, Donald McAllister, to help provide more financial stability to his self-employed status. Once his small business was incorporated, he shifted the focus of the corporation to help market his musical expertise as well as showcase his talented students throughout metro Atlanta. Mr. Flythe is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Kennesaw State University. He has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, and the North Carolina Symphony. For more information about Mr. Flythe, visit the About Page >>
News
July 2014
Excited to announce that I have been appointed as Visiting Lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium this fall at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. I will teach applied tuba and euphonium lessons and will perform with the faculty brass quintet, the New River Brass Ensemble. Thanks to the support of my colleagues and my students, I also will continue to serve as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Kennesaw State University. I am looking forward to a fantastic academic year at both institutions. Go Owls, and Go Mountaineers!!

Atlanta Chamber Music Festival

July 2014
Performed and taught at the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival at Oglethorpe University. It was an enjoyable time to work with some of the top freelance musicians in Atlanta and share my love of chamber music with low brass students from metro Atlanta. The ACMF Faculty Brass Quintet performed the first and last movements of Victor Ewald’s “Quintet No. 1 on the ACMF Faculty Showcase at the Skylight Gallery, which was a beautiful venue for the recital.

June 28-July 19, 2014
Performed and taught at the Cannon Music Camp for three weeks. I worked with 15 tuba and euphonium students and performed my first faculty recital as the newest member of the New River Brass Ensemble. One of the highlights of my summer stint included directing the CMC Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble; these talented students worked hard in rehearsal and gave a great performance on the CMC Enrichment Concert.

June 22-28, 2014
Had exciting teaching and performing experiences this summer at the International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. I performed on four recitals and showcased the works of John Williams, Eric Alexander, Robert Schumann, and Herbert L. Clarke. This festival featured some of the top international artist-teachers in the world and attracted some of the top euphonium and tuba students across the country. It was an honor to share the stage with Fritz Kaenzig, who teaches at the University of Michigan and is one of my mentors.

Premiering Nicole Chamberlain's Surus

June 1-6, 2014
Worked with outstanding low brass students at the KSU Summer Arts Intensive; some of the students were members of the GMEA All- State Band and Orchestra. Although I was dealing with a cold that week, I also premiered Nicole Chamberlain's composition, "Surus," with Judy Cole. Judy and I enjoyed our time working on this fantastic piece.

OCTUBAFEST KSU 2013 on Oct 22-24!
Join the tuba and euphonium studio of Bernard Flythe as they welcome David Zerkel, Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Georgia. Events include recital and masterclasses by David Zerkel and recital by students.
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October 14, 2013
Check out Bernard's upcoming performances which include solo, chamber ensembles, and the Atlanta Symphony all this month! View Performance Calendar

July 30, 2011
Excited about the opportunity to perform the Cirque de la Symphonie with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the Verizon Amphitheatre at Encore Park. This production is designed to bring the circus environment to the concert setting. My family will hear me perform with the ASO for the first time.

July 3-4, 2011
Performed with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Alexander and with the Carroll Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Terry Lowry on July 3rd and July 4th, respectively, for the Fourth of July celebrations. Both concerts featured some of the top freelance musicians in the area.

June 19-25, 2011
Performed on a faculty recital, led morning warm-up sessions, taught private lessons, and coached tuba-euphonium quartets at the International Euphonium Institute at Emory University. This week long festival showcased some of the finest artist-teachers in the world. Performers included Adam Frey, Tormod Flaten, James Gourlay, Brian Meixner, Stacy Baker, Dr. Tom Gibson, and Donald Palmire.

June 10-12, 2011
Kennesaw State University hosted the National Brass Symposium this weekend. This symposium featured some of the greatest brass performers in the world, including members of the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, and Philadelphia. I can’t thank Freddy Martin and his sons, Chris and Michael, enough for bringing this event to a very appreciative brass community in metro Atlanta.

June 5-10, 2011
Performed on recitals and taught four talented students at the KSU Summer Music Clinic. This week-long clinic featured my wonderful colleagues at the university and exposed young musicians to a comprehensive arts experience, which included performing in both small and large ensembles, studying with an artist-teacher, and taking studio classes in variety of media.

May, 2011
Robbie Weaver, who is a Harrison High School graduate and a member of my private tuba and euphonium studio, received a $500 scholarship from the Atlanta Federation of Musicians. Robbie was one of seven winners selected and will study this fall at Columbus State University with Andrew Miller, principal tubist of the Alabama Symphony.

May 22, 2011
The Metro Atlanta High School Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble was featured in concert at the Bailey Performance Center at Kennesaw State University. Some of the country’s top high school musicians are members of this talented ensemble. Plans are in place to feature this group and the Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble in the new performance hall at Lakeside High School next spring.

April 17, 2011
Performed Suite for Tuba by Don Haddad with the Georgia Tech Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Andrea Brown at the Murray Arts Center. Dr. Brown and I were colleagues at Austin Peay State University before taking different paths that led us to our respective college positions in Atlanta. Other guest artists included Dr. Cameron “Chip” Crotts, who will be the new Director of Jazz Studies at the Georgia Tech School of Music this fall. Coincidentally, Dr. Crotts and I were members of the 1988 N.C. High School Honor Band and hadn’t met again until this performance. This concert was a wonderful opportunity to collaborate and to reunite with great friends and colleagues.

April, 2011
Performed the final season of the Atlanta Passion Play on April 9-10, 2011 and April 15-17, 2011. The first performance of this production was held on Friday, April 8, 1977. By 2007, the Atlanta Passion Play had been seen by over 800,000 people.

March 21, 2011
The Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble and the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony performed a joint concert at the Bailey Performance Center. The performance also featured the KSU brass faculty, including the Atlanta Symphony’s principal trumpet, Thomas Hooten. This concert helped both outstanding ensembles establish a larger presence in Cobb County and may lead to stronger recruiting efforts in the future.

March 19, 2011
Vincent Rose and Robbie Weaver represented Harrison High School as members of the prestigious youth honor ensemble, the Honor Band of America. Vincent will be studying with Adam Frey this fall at Georgia State University while Robbie will pursue a music education degree at Columbus State University.

February 19, 2011
The KSU Brass Blast was a wonderful success this year after last year’s clinic was cancelled due to snow. Students worked with our brass faculty in a master class setting, participated in small and large ensembles, and heard professional performances.

Aug. 31, 2014 at 6:00pm
New River Brass Ensemble
Charlotte, NC