Tony Clements

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About me

Gender MALE
Industry Arts
Occupation I guess I'm a conductor now.
Location Campbell, CA, United States
Introduction I started my tuba studies at aged 7 in New York. I took lessons with a man named Julius Rubin, who was a freelance trombone player. When I turned 14, my folks moved me to Modesto, CA; talk about CULTURE SHOCK! There was no tuba teacher there, so I was mainly self taught. When I was 18, I went to Westerville, Ohio to study tuba with Gary Tirey. After only 9 months, I returned to California and went to UOP, then Stan State, in Turlock. I took some lessons from Floyd Cooley during this time. He was a GREAT teacher, but I was too young and arrogant to see that and while he tried to teach me, I didn't get it. In 1975, I moved to LA to study with Tommy Johnson, then Jim Self, then ultimately Roger Bobo, to whom I owe my life & career. I got some conducting experience in college and was planning a conducting career, but started working as a tubist. In 1981, I won the tuba spot in the San Jose Symphony. After they filed bankruptcy (one of THREE orchestras in California to do so) I started conducting. At first, I was conducting the Ohlone Wind Orchestra & Tuba Ensemble, adding the Community Band to my schedule in 2007 & in 2010 the Mission Peak Brass Band.
Interests Music, Motorcycles, Camping, Dogs, iPhone
Favorite Movies Star Wars, Star TREK, James Bond
Favorite Music I've been listening to a lot of harp guitar music lately. Most of it is kind of New Agey or Celtic in nature. I have also re-discovered the Chapman Stick.
Favorite Books Foundation Series, ANYTHING by Robert Heinlein, I read a lot of baseball books