JOHN D. STEVENS (b 1951 )
John Stevens is Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He is also a member of the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, a UW-Madison faculty ensemble-in residence. As a composer and arranger Stevens is internationally renowned for his works for brass, particularly for solo tuba, euphonium and trombone, tuba/euphonium ensemble, brass quintet and other brass chamber combinations. In 1997 he was commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to compose a tuba concerto. This work, entitled Journey, was premiered by the CSO, with tubist Gene Pokorny as soloist in June, 2000, and performed by them again in December, 2003. Recent compositions include the Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra composed for Brian Bowman, Symphony in Three Movements, a composition for wind band commissioned by a consortium of fourteen American universities, and Monument for solo tuba and strings. Commissioned by tuba icon Roger Bobo in memory of the great LA studio tubist, the late Tommy Johnson.