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Dan Perantoni discussing tuba, performing and teaching

Anthony Plog, host
Eddie Ludema, producer

Date posted: Mar 2, 2022

Dan Perantoni, also called "Mr. P", is known throughout the world as one of the great tubists and in addition, one of the great teachers. I feel lucky to say he is a good friend, and as a composer I have written a number of pieces for him. So it was a real pleasure to have a conversation with him. At times we talked about specifics of playing and teaching while at other times we just had fun talking!

Part 1

Although Dan is known mostly as a player for his solo and chamber playing, he has also had vast experience as an orchestral player. In Part 1 of our conversation, I ask Dan to first talk about his orchestral career. Dan then talks about his other experiences as a player, including playing with the Summit Brass, St. Louis Brass Quintet, and the Matteson-Phillips Jazz Quartet.

Part 2

In addition to having had a stellar career, Dan Perantoni is also regarded as one of the greatest tuba teachers in the world, with his students holding positions around the world. In Part 2 we take a deep dive into Dan's ideas about teaching, and how he works with his students at Indiana University.

Bonus Room

A very early influence on Dan was his father, and then later on Donald Knaub at the Eastman School of Music. I ask Dan about his early experiences as a musician, and we end our conversation with Dan talking about his efforts to design and build better tubas.

The podcast theme music, Four Sierra Scenes, written by Anthony Plog, is taken from Crystal Records S205, copyright ©1980 Crystal Records Inc., and is used by permission. Unauthorized duplication is not permitted.