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Miami University alumnus Kevan Stuber (‘75 and ‘76) reflects on career in music education

Kevan Stuber, a distinguished alumnus of Miami University, recently reminisced about his journey in the field of music education, which has been punctuated by numerous accolades and contributions to the field.

Excellence and Expertise

Miami University alumnus Kevan Stuber (‘75 and ‘76) reflects on career in music education

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Graduating as a tuba major under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas Clay, Stuber's tenure at Miami University was marked by leadership roles, including serving as Band Vice President and President. His dedication to the university's Marching Band, under the direction of Nicholas A. Poccia, was evident throughout his tenure, culminating in memorable performances at prestigious events such as the Tangerine Bowl (now Citrus Bowl).

Reflecting on his alma mater, Stuber fondly recalls standout moments, including being a soloist with the Miami Orchestra and participating in unforgettable performances like Music for Prague 1968 under Husa's conducting. One particularly spectacular event was a program featuring works by Aaron Copland, including the iconic Fanfare for the Common Man. Stuber remembers the surprise finale of the concert, where the brass and percussion performed the Fanfare accompanied by fireworks, leaving a lasting impression on the audience.

Beyond his undergraduate years, Stuber's contributions to music education and performance have been recognized on a broader scale. Inducted into the Olmsted Falls, Ohio Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame as an educator in 2016, and later into the Westlake, Ohio Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2022, Stuber's impact extends far beyond the university setting.

His dedication to nurturing young talent is evident in the success of his former students, many of whom have gone on to achieve notable careers as music performers and educators. Stuber's influence also extends to the mentorship of student teachers from Baldwin Wallace and Oberlin Conservatories of Music, further solidifying his commitment to shaping the next generation of musicians and educators.

In addition to his educational endeavors, Stuber's passion for music is demonstrated through his roles as Director Emeritus of the Cleveland Lutheran Wind Ensemble and the Bay Village Community Band. These positions speak to his enduring commitment to fostering musical excellence within the community.

As Stuber reflects on his journey, his advice to aspiring educators resonates with wisdom gained from years of experience: Work hard, trust your training, be honest when you make mistakes, treat your students as if they were your own kids. Count your blessings and be patient. In many cases, it takes time to build a successful program.”

His enduring legacy serves as an inspiration to all who strive for excellence in the field of music education.