This concerto was originally composed for tuba and piano for Dr. Tony Mazzaferro, Director of Bands and Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Fullerton College and mentor of the composer, who called him "key in the composer’s growth as a musician and human being." The arrangement for band was completed last winter and was premiered by the Fullerton College Symphonic Winds with Dr. Mazzaferro as soloist and the composer conducting in April. The first movement of the concerto is intended as an homage to two major tuba concerti of the 20th century – by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Gregson. After the Ballad demonstrates the tuba's ability to sing, the composer creates a final movement with comical characteristics, evident in its light-hearted theme and humorous backup lines. An up-and-coming young composer, Ken Applegate is the first two-time winner of the Fullerton College Dan Radlauer Composition Competition. He has written numerous pieces for jazz band, concert band, brass ensemble, and instrumental solo works. He is currently pursuing his degree in composition at Cal State Los Angeles. --James Huff 23:57, March 25, 2007 (EDT) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)