R. Steven Call is a member of the Music Faculty at Brigham Young University, where he has taught tuba, euphonium, and jazz studies since 1979. His teaching assignments include courses in jazz keyboard, jazz combo performance, and jazz history. He also directs the award-winning BYU Jazz Dixieland Band.
Call received his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Utah State University and received his PhD in music education from the University of Utah in 2000.
As a soloist Call has presented guest recitals and concerto performances throughout the United States. His solo performance of Tubby the Tuba for solo tuba, narrator and orchestra was released on CD as part of the Macmillan - McGraw Hill's Share the Music series. He is principal tuba with Utah Premiere Brass and the Wintergreen Summer Festival Orchestra in Virginia and has performed with a variety of ensembles in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Canada, and Italy.
He is a founding member and organizer of TUBA. A crusader for the tuba in jazz, Call has published numerous articles and reviews on jazz tuba and is author of two chapters on the tuba in jazz and commercial music that appear in The Tuba Source Book, published by Indiana University Press. He served as chairman of the Jazz Improvisation Competitions and as an adjudicator for International Tuba-Euphonium Symposia.
- The Daily Universe - Cows get jazzy in professor’s viral video (19 Sept 2011)
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- The Daily Universe - It’s tuba time (19 Oct 2010)
- The Daily Herald - Life, history and the big brass band at the Covey (21 Oct 2010)
- The Daily Universe - Introduction to jazz class now available for spring term (14 April 2010)
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