October 27, 2016
I am extremely proud of how well the members of the KSU tuba and euphonium studio performed in the 2016 KSU Octubafest Student Recital last night. It was probably our studio's best showcase since my first semester of teaching in 2007. Thank you, Dr. Martin Cochran, for preparing your talented euphoniumists; they were all rock stars! The tubists were just as stellar. The best has yet to arrive for these outstanding young men!
October 19, 2016
I can't put into words how emotional I feel right now. I shared a recital with two great musicians, Martin Cochran and Judy Cole, this afternoon and played some tough pieces in front of an appreciative audience. It was difficult at first playing a piece dedicated to a friend, Polly Payne Hendricks, who passed away yesterday. I felt joy seeing my middle school, high school, and college students support me. Nicole Randall Chamberlain is a wonderful composer and friend...so glad that I played her great composition again. I never take for granted that I can use my musical gifts for good. I wish we all could feel these amazing moments daily. I am incredibly thankful that life has given me purpose to inspire and elevate the amazing people who surround me. View Program
October 17, 2016
Thanks to my friends, students, colleagues, and family members for sending their love and positive energy tonight as I played the "National Anthem" by memory for the first time ever in front of a stadium full of people. I can't remember the last time I was nervous during a performance and was still shaking afterwards. I wanted it to be special for my friend, Polly Payne Hendricks, who is on life support. I also had a friend's grandmother in my heart as I played. Life is always precious. Bravo to the students at Georgia Tech for a great show. Finally, kudos to every band who performed this evening: South Cobb, Osborne, Allatoona, Wheeler, McEachern, Hillgrove, Walton, and Harrison. After my recital with Dr.Martin Cochran on Wednesday, I plan to relax and continue to celebrate life.
October 10, 2016
It was an incredible experience performing the "Star Spangled Banner" this evening in front of my students, friends, and colleagues. Thank you for the wonderful compliments; I never take your words for granted. For some reason, I felt more inspired than usual to sing from the heart...I am so thankful that I could give back to my country through music. Bravo to the band programs who performed this evening, too...Campbell, Lassiter, Kennesaw Mountain, Pope, North Cobb, Marietta, Pebblebrook, Kell, and Sprayberry.
September 17, 2016
I am starting my morning by inspiring sixth graders at Kell High School and will end my day at the Fulton County Marching Band Exhibition with a performance of the "National Anthem." Not a bad way to give back to your community. Learn more
August 20, 2016
Just found out that I will be performing the "National Anthem" at the Cobb-Marietta Marching Band Exhibition on Oct. 10th and 17th. Thank you, Christopher Ferrell! I am looking forward to performing the "National Anthem" at the Fulton County Marching Band Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 17th. Thanks, David W. Vandewalker! This tuba player is appreciative of any opportunity to show his love for his country….never take these opportunities for granted. Also, worked with a tuba student this morning from the High Meadows School Band in their “Jump Start” program.
July 22, 2016
I can't believe how fast marching band camp went this week for me. It has been a pleasure working with the talented members of the Pope High School Marching Band. The band directors, the instructors, and the staff have contributed much to the students. This current sousaphone section will always have a special place in my heart.
July 27, 2016
It was quite a great weekend visiting my hometown and performing with my former band director, Steve Skillman, and members of the Blackwater Brass Quintet at the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Southport, NC.
July 9, 2016
I played my heart and soul for every loved one lost...I broke down after playing the Sarabande from the Bach Cello Suite No. 5 in the first performance. I feel better and forever changed from the experience. We are all different and unique...time to work on grieving and healing.
July 9, 2016
Please send me your spirit, prayers, positive energy, strength, love, and compassion as I prepare to play three unaccompanied recitals today as a musical tribute to loved ones lost: Recital #1-KSU Music Building (MU109) 11 a.m. Recital #2-Ansley Square (Starbucks/L.A. Fitness Courtyard) 2 p.m. Recital #3-St. Mark's United Methodist Church 6 p.m. Please don't give up on our country; I believe our humanity can overcome any threat of hate. Every life lost on this planet deserves this peaceful resolution..
June 29, 2016
Well, we played our hearts out tonight at Lassiter High School for the Orlando Benefit Concert #1. I can't thank Richard Prior, Jonathan Wright, Kimberly Lemmick Snyder, Sasha Shatalova, and Peter Gustav Westin II enough for their roles in front of and behind the scenes. My fellow colleagues in the orchestra were spectacular. I will admit that I was emotional after the low brass chorale in the fourth movement of Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 6." During the last movement of Hanson's "Symphony No. 2," my thoughts and prayers were for the city of Orlando, the lives lost in Istanbul, the "Charleston Nine," and my cousin's wife. The power of music truly soothes the soul.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.