Patrick Rettger - Professional Tuba Player


D.M.A. Tuba Performance

  • Minor emphasis in Music Theory
  • University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Graduated: Fall 2013
  • Dissertation: An Examination of the Preparation and Requirements for Tubists Desiring a Career in the Military, with Emphasis on Premier Band Auditions.


M.M. Tuba Performance

  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • Graduated: Spring 2007


B.S. Music Education, cum laude

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
  • Graduated: Spring 2000                                                                      


Secondary Teaching Experience

Adjunct Professor of Applied Tuba                                                                           

Mississippi College - 2015-present

  • Teach applied tuba to music majors and non-majors
  • Assist in end of semester juries


Instructor of Tuba/Euphonium and Theory                                                            

Jackson State University - 2010-present

  • Teach applied lessons to all tuba and euphonium majors and minors
  • Coach the JSU Brass Quintet, a select student ensemble
  • Creator and conductor of the JSU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble
  • Teach undergraduate theory and aural skills courses
  • Teach Music Appreciation
  • Teach Brass Methods
  • Coordinate Student Recital Hour, Instrumental Juries, and Brass Area
  • Interim Theory Area Coordinator
  • Member of the Faculty Senate
  • Member of the Department of Music Graduate Faculty
  • Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Guest Artist Committee


Graduate Teaching Assistant                                                                                        

University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS - 2008-2010

  • Taught undergraduate applied tuba and euphonium students
  • Assisted and coached the USM tuba/euphonium ensemble and tuba/euphonium quartets
  • Assisted with recruiting and helped organize/run the annual USM tuba/euphonium symposium
  • Taught undergraduate aural skills and music theory courses
  • Worked as an administrative assistant for both the School of Music and the College of Arts and Letters’ Dean’s Office


Other Teaching Experience

Private Instructor                                                                                                        

Hattiesburg, Jackson, and Oxford, Mississippi - 2008-present

  • Instructed local high school students in basic musicianship
  • Prepared music for state and regional competitions


Music and Drill Instructor                                                                                           

Jackson Academy Junior/High School, Jackson, Mississippi -  2011, 2013

  • 2013-Head horn line instructor
  • 2011-Instructed the marching band in preparation for Bands of America regional championships, Won 1st Place in their division


Substitute Teacher                                                                                                        

Johnsonburg Area School District, Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania - 2004-2005

  • Implemented lessons plans for ages K-12
  • Taught music to all ages including private lessons and general music


Music Arranger/Music and Marching Instructor                                                       

Otto Eldred High School, Eldred, Pennsylvania - 2001-2002

  • Planned and arranged field show for high school marching band
  • Taught basic marching techniques, drill, and music


Private Instructor                                                                                                           

Indiana, Pennsylvania - 1997-2000

  • Prepared and implemented lesson plans for two students at different levels of ability using a daily routine, etudes, and solos to further their ability


 Performance Experience

NCO Tubist

United States 41st Army National Guard Band, Jackson, Mississippi - 2013-present

  • Magnolia Brass Musical Performance Team Leader
  • Tuba Section Leader
  • Brass Magnolias Brass Band Tuba Player
  • Coordinator of the online record on the Army Music Intranet (AMI)
  • Advanced Leadership Course Distinguished Honor Graduate Class 15-005


 Freelance Tubist                                                                                                         

Central and Southern Mississippi - 2008-present

  • Rettger-Mathena Tuba-Percussion Duo
  • Tuba Player in the Mississippi Tuba-Euphonium Quartet
  • Current tubist with Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and Mississippi Brass and Percussion
  • Currently on the substitute list for the Mississippi Symphony
  • Performances with the Southern Arts Brass Quintet, New Bourbon Street Jazz Band, Jericho Road Show, Meridian Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, and Mississippi Symphony


Freelance Tubist                                                                                                             

Central Pennsylvania - 2005-2007

  • Previously on the substitute list for the Altoona Symphony
  • Performed with ensembles throughout central Pennsylvania including the Altoona Symphony and the Center City Brass Quintet


NCO Tubist                                                                                                                     

United States Army Bands, Ft. Hood, TX; Mannheim, Germany; Kuwait; Iraq - 2000-2004

  • Performed at military, international, and educational functions throughout the world including: Belgium, England, Germany, Iraq, Kuwait, Poland, and throughout the United States
  • Worked in operations and supply departments
  • Wrote and arranged for multiple ensembles



HersheyPark Entertainment, Hershey, PA - 1999

  • Prepared and performed multiple daily concerts with a brass quintet and a marching jazz band
  • Coordinated with costume characters throughout the park to entertain the audiences




  • “Tuba Auditions for Premiere Military Bands-Band Excerpt Examination,” Collaboration with John Cradler of the United States Marine Band “President’s Own,” in progress-anticipated completion 2019


  • “Art of Teaching Brass,” in progress-anticipated completion 2019



  • “Musical Opportunities in the Army-Air National Guard and Reserves” published in the International Tuba and Euphonium Journal in Spring 2018


  • “Musical Opportunities in the Army-Air National Guard and Reserves” publication pending, 2017



  • “An Examination of the Preparation and Requirements for Tubists Desiring a Career in the Military, with Emphasis on Premier Band Auditions,” UMI, 2013.


Current and Past Professional Chamber Ensembles

  • Mississippi Tuba/Euphonium Quartet - 2016-present
  • Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra - 2015-present
  • Mississippi Brass and Percussion - 2013-present
  • Magnolia Brass Quintet - 2013-present
  • Brass Magnolia Brass Band - 2013-2015
  • Jackson All-Star Brass Band - 2011-2012
  • Das Haus Funftet Brass Quintet - 2006-2007
  • V Corps V Brass Quintet - 2003-2004
  • 1st Cavalry Division Tuba Quartet, founder and member - 2001-2002


Recruiting Experiences

Master classes and guest artist recitals - 2012-present

  • Annually performed at several schools and community colleges throughout the state including Hinds Community College, Southwest Mississippi Community College, and Northeast Jones High School


Competition Judging

  • Mississippi Lion’s Band Preliminary Round Auditions - 2013-present
  • Mississippi Association for Independent School’s Honor Band Festival - 2011-present
  • ITEC Chattanooga, TN-Student Tuba and Euphonium Competitions - 2011
  • Capital City Honor Band Festival - 2010



  • ITEC Mock Band Semifinalist - 2010
  • University of Southern Mississippi Concerto Competition, winner - 2007


Selected Performing Experience 

  • Performed an artist recital and presented lecture on national guard bands at the 2017 Southeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama


  • Performed, presented lecture on military bands, and conducted the JSU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble at the 2015 South-Central Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Conway, Arkansas


  • Performed artist recital at the 2013 Southeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Jacksonville, FL


  • Performed Power of Conviction by Corey Carter for the documentary “An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Mulholland,” May, 2011


  • Performed at the 2011 Southeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Chattanooga, TN during a artist recital with Richard Perry


  • Concerto Performance with University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble, James Barnes’s Tuba Concerto, March, 2008


  • Performed Eugene Bozza’s Sonatine on PBS with Das Haus Funftet Brass Quintet, February, 2007


  • Army European Tour: Belgium, England, Germany, Holland, and Poland, Summer and Fall, 2003


Professional Conference Experience

  • South-Central Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference (SCRTEC) - 2015
    • Artist Recital
    • Master class entitled “Advantages for Musicians in the National Guard”


  • South-Central Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference (SCRTEC) - 2015
    • Artist Recital
    • Master class entitled “Military Bands: The Musical Opportunities Outside of the Premier Bands”
    • Conduct a performance by the JSU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble


  • Southeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference (SERTEC) - 2013
    • Artist Recital
    • Presentation entitled “A Tubist’s Preparation for an Audition with a Premier United States Military Band”


  • Southeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference (SERTEC) - 2011
    • Artist Performance
    • Head Judge for the Young Artist Tuba Competition
    • Assistant Judge for the Young Artist Euphonium Competition
    •  Presenter for Dave Zerkel and Chris Vivio Artist recital


  • International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (ITEC) - 2010
    • Reviewer of the University of Iowa’s Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble performance for the International Tuba and Euphonium (ITEA) Journal
    •  Mock Band Tuba Competition-Semifinalist


  • International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (ITEC) - 2008
    • Soloist and Arranger  of Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria for the USM Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble ITEC performance


Music and Education Technology Experience

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Tenuto
  • Edmodo-online course resource
  • Finale
  • Auralia
  • Practica Musica
  • Various Audio Recording and Editing Software
  • Pyware

Professional Affiliations

  • College Music Society - 2008-present
  • ITEA PSU Chapter, President - 2006-2007
  • ITEA PSU Chapter, founding member, Vice President - 2005-2006
  • International Tuba and Euphonium Association - 1996-99, 2005-present
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - 1996-present
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Zeta Tau Chapter, Alumni Secretary, Secretary, and Vice Present - 1996-1999


Private Teachers

  • Richard Perry
  • Velvet Brown
  • Roger Ridenour
  • Grant Moore
  • Gary Bird


Student’s Awards

  • Euphonium student accepted at Pennsylvania State University - 2018


  • Tuba student current member of the 41st Army Band - 2016


  • Tuba student completing his doctorate at the University of Mississippi - 2016


  • Tuba student on graduate fellowship at Pennsylvania State University (now perusing his doctorate at Temple University) - 2014


  • Euphonium student accepted at Pacific University - 2011


  • Jackson State University Outstanding Music Student  - 2011


  • Multiple Jackson State University Junior and Senior Tuba/Euphonium Recitals - 2010-present


  • Principle Tuba University of Southern Mississippi Symphonic Band - 2010 


  • Mississippi Lion’s Band Finalist - 2009