Tubist, Teacher, Composer
Bo Atlas is currently in his 7th season as Principal Tubist with the Des Moines Symphony, and teaches Tuba and Euphonium at Truman State University and Grinnell College. Prior to that he was Principal Tubist with the Topeka Symphony for 3 seasons. His formal education includes a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kansas, and a Masters Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree from the University of Iowa. Mr. Atlas has also been active as a freelance musician performing with groups such as the Omaha Symphony, Lincoln Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Kansas Brass Quintet, Blackhouse Improviser’s Collective, and Kansas City Brassworks.
In 2014, Bo began collaborating with Casey Maday (trombone) and Will Baker (Bass Trombone) to form The Des Moines Low Brass Triumvirate. The group’s goals are to provide high quality musical performances, enrich our community, entertain audiences, and reach and teach students throughout Iowa and the greater Midwest. The group has presented clinics and performances at the Iowa Music Educator’s Association Conference, the Great Plains Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference, and through their own low brass day events held across the Midwest.
Mr. Atlas is also a strong proponent of the British Brass Band movement in the United States, having played both Eb and BBb Bass with the award winning Fountain City Brass Band, and now playing Principal Eb with the newly founded Tallgrass Brass Band in Iowa City.
Bo is also much sought after soloist and has received many accolades for his solo work including most recently a performance of the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with the Central Iowa Symphony, and multiple performances of “Reflections on the Mississippi” with the Truman State Wind Symphony. Mr. Atlas was also a Semi-ﬁnalist at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in 2010, Finalist at the Arapahoe Philharmonic Concerto Competition in 2011, winner of the University of Kansas Symphony Concerto Competition in 2012, winner of the Great Plains Regional Tuba Conference solo competition in 2009, and winner of the US Army Band Mock Audition in 2012.
Bo has studied tuba with John Manning, Craig Fuller, Scott Watson, Patrick Stuckemeyer, Tony Clements, Peter Warhaftig, Sam Pilaﬁan, and Christian Carichner.