From a Phantom Regiment press release: The Phantom Regiment is pleased to announce that professional tubists Sam Pilafian and Patrick Sheridan will be consultants on the 2003 instructional staff. Pilafian and Sheridan have authored a new method on breathing pedagogy entitled "The Breathing Gym," and will help integrate it into the Phantom Regiment's brass technique program. They are scheduled to be in Rockford during the corps' spring training rehearsals. In addition, Sheridan will be the emcee for a clinic conducted by the Phantom Regiment during a stop in Phoenix. "This is an exciting time for our students, as Pat and Sam are the two foremost tuba soloists in the world as well as being teachers and all-around great guys," said J.D. Shaw, brass arranger and caption head for the Phantom Regiment. Shaw is the French hornist for Boston Brass. Pilafian is perhaps best known as the founding tubist of the internationally renowned Empire Brass Quintet. He also has recorded and performed with Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton and Pink Floyd. While a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center he was invited by Leonard Bernstein to perform onstage in the world premiere of Bernstein's "Mass," which opened the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is currently Professor of Music and Director of the Concert Jazz Band at Arizona State University. Sheridan is a world-renowned solo tuba artist. His schedule of more than 100 solo concerts annually has taken him to more than 25 countries and has included performances with Grand Rapids Symphony, Estonian National Orchestra, U.S. Army Band and New York Staff Band. In addition to his musical studies, Patrick holds a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Michigan. He is a former member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band. He has been featured on NBC's "Today Show" and NPR's "All Things Considered."
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