Snowbelt Symphony to Feature Tuba Soloist

The Snowbelt Symphony Orchestra presents “Simply Strings…and Tuba” Sunday, February 18 at 4:00pm at New Promise Church in Kirtland. The concert, using only the strings of the orchestra, will feature local tuba soloist J.c. Sherman in the Concertino for Tuba and String Orchestra by Jan Koetsier.  The orchestra will also be performing Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite and the Serenade for Strings by Antonin Dvorak. The concert will be conducted by Snowbelt Musical Arts Association founder Greg Hillis.


Tuba soloist J.c. Sherman has been called a “jack of all brass.” As a concert soloist, J.c. has traveled nationally and internationally with his tuba. Regionally, Sherman has performed with every major ensemble in Northeast and North Central Ohio on a full cornucopia of brass instruments. In addition, he performs on his serpent, ophicleide, natural horn, and other antique instruments throughout the region and nationally. Mr. Sherman is currently Principal Tubist of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, acting Bass Trombonist of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, and instructor of Low Brass at Cleveland State University.


J.c. was formerly Principal Tuba of the Cleveland Opera and the Lakeside Symphony Orchestras. He performs regularly with the Cleveland POPS and celebrated his 24th season with the Blossom Festival Band last July. As a chamber performer, he’s a founding member of Diamond Brass, Firelands Symphony Brass, the NEOTuba Quartet, and Olympic Brass and the Cleveland Trombone Collective. A veteran entertainer from SeaWorld of Ohio, he delights in early jazz, performing with The Night Owls, Earlville Jazz Band, The Hot Jazz 7, and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.


As an artisan, Sherman builds, repairs, and restores antique brass instruments and mouthpieces for clients worldwide, while also introducing artists and audiences to his weird and wonderful collection of unusual and historic instruments. J.c. makes his home in Painesville Township.


Jan Koetsier served as head conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and the Bavarian Radio Symphony. As a composer he is well known for his compositions for brass instruments. “Everything I’ve played by Koetsier has been challenging, beautiful, and shows a great sense of humor,” says Mr. Sherman. Conductor Greg Hillis adds, “If you think the tuba is just for blatting oom-pahs in polka music, come to this concert to find out just what a beautiful, melodic instrument it can be.”

Tickets for the Simply Strings…and Tuba concert are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at New Promise Church is located at 8671 Euclid Chardon Rd (Rt 6) in Kirtland.


The Snowbelt Symphony Orchestra is a new 33-player fully-professional orchestra bringing high quality live classical music performances to Lake and Geauga counties. The orchestra next performs on April 22 with a concert featuring music of Beethoven and Wagner..


For more information, please visit Snowbelt Musical Arts Association can be reached for questions or comments at or 440-296-9610. SMAA can be followed on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @snowbeltmusical.

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