Lecturer of Music
Office: B60 Kleinpell Fine Arts
M.M. Tuba Major, Manhattan School of Music, New York
B.M. Music Education, Hart College of Music, Connecticut
Charles Wazanowski, instructor of Tuba at UW-River Falls, is a member of the River Falls Brass. He is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music, Hartford, Connecticut (BM ed.) and the Manhattan School of Music, New York City (MM). He has done post graduate work at the Juilliard School of Music, New York City. During his twelve years in New York as a freelance tubist, Mr. Wazanowski performed with many internationally know ensembles, most notable of which were the New York State Orchestra and the New York City Opera. Performing with bands was also a large part of the New York scene. Mr. Wazanowski was fortunate enough to play with the Goldman Band, as well as be the Eb tuba soloist the Gramercy Brass, an English style brass band, which won back to back North American championships. Recently Mr. Wazanowski was appointed to a faculty position at Winona State University.
Jazz music plays a large part in the background of Mr. Wazanowski. Performing for many years with Lionel Hampton's All Stars Big Band, he has appeared on television in eight countries and on numerous radio broadcasts and audio recordings. Appearing in a television documentary filmed by the public Broadcast System recorded at the Newport Jazz festival is the high light of these broadcasts. Besides playing at every major jazz festival in the world with Mr. Hampton's band Mr. Wazanowski has shared the stage with Marion McPartland, Dexter Gordon, Lenny Picket, the Heath brothers, Sweets Edison, Marvin Stamm and Peter Ostroushko.
Mr. Wazanowski has performed in Europe, touring and appearing with the Puccini Festival Orchestra (Tura del Largo). Other festivals have included the Rome Festival and the International Opera Festival (Spoleto). Since arriving in the Twin Cities Mr. Wazanowski has remained active as a musician, performing in every kind of ensemble from chamber groups to symphony orchestras. He is a permanent member of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra. Chamber groups he performs with include the Minneapolis Tuba Quartet, Classic Brass Quintet and the River Falls Brass, one of the busiest professional brass quintets in the Twin Cities. Teachers: Ken Singleton, University of Northern Colorado; Toby Hanks, Manhattan School of Music, Yale School of Music; Don Harry, Eastman School of Music; Dave Fedderly, Julliard School of Music.