Assistant Professor of Music Theory & Low Brass
Degrees and Schools:
B.M. The Pennsylvania State University
M.M. University of Wisconsin-Madison
D.M.A. University of Maryland
Advanced Music Theory
Applied Low Brass (Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba)
Computer Applications in Music
Low Brass Methods
Brass Chamber Music
An artist of widely diverse musical talents, Mike Forbes has set forth on a career encompassing all aspects of performing, teaching, composing, and conducting. He can be heard on his solo album, "Forbes Plays Koetsier" (Summit Records) where he features all seven works for solo tuba by Dutch composer, Jan Koetsier. Currently, Dr. Forbes teaches Music Theory, Composition, and Low Brass at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He has previously served on the music faculties at a number of other institutions and was a tubist with the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own." As the bottom tubist with the Sotto Voce Quartet, Forbes enjoys performing and recording exhilarating chamber music with his colleagues in America's premiere tuba/euphonium quartet. This world-class ensemble enjoys an international touring schedule and has released a number of recordings also on Summit Records which feature Forbes's many compositions and arrangements for the genre. In addition to those works, Forbes currently serves as a writer for Carl Fischer Music specializing in creating new works for middle and high school bands and orchestras. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his published works and regularly receives commissions from today's most well-known brass artists and band directors.
Forbes studied with Toby Hanks at the University of Maryland (DMA), John Stevens at the University of Wisconsin (MM), and with Mark Lusk and Marty Erickson at the Pennsylvania State University (BM). During his junior year at Penn State he took an exchange to Manchester, England where he continued his studies with Stuart Roebuck, Brian Kingsley, and Andrew Duncan at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music.
2013 Midwest Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference