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 Bo Atlas

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Tubist, Teacher, Composer



Bo Atlas is the Tuba and Euphonium instructor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He serves as the Principal Tubist with the Des Moines Symphony and performs as a member of groups such as Nebraska Brass Quintet, UNL Faculty Brass, and the Lincoln Municipal Band. Bo's extensive teaching experience also includes positions at Truman State University, Grinnell College, Graceland University, and Simpson College.

Notable Accolades

  • Premiere performances of Tyler White's new Tuba Concerto "Resilience" with the UNL Symphony Orchestra.

  • Solo work with orchestras, wind ensembles, and brass bands, including performances of Martin Ellerby's Tuba Concerto with the Hastings Symphony, Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto with the Central Iowa Symphony, Michael Daugherty’s “Reflections on the Mississippi” with both the UNL Symphonic Band and the Truman State University Wind Symphony, and Paul-Lovatt Cooper's "Quicksilver" with the Free State Brass Band.

  • Presentations, performances, and masterclasses at many conferences including the Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, Iowa Bandmasters, Nebraska Music Educators Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, and more.

  • Strong advocate of the British Brass Band movement in the United States, having played both Eb and BBb Bass with the Fountain City Brass Band and Eb Bass with the Tallgrass Brass Band.

  • 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.

  • Winner of the US Army Band Mock Audition in 2012.

Bo Atlas is also a co-founder of the Des Moines Low Brass Triumvirate, a group dedicated to delivering exceptional musical performances and educational outreach to communities in Iowa. The DMLBT has a track record of presenting clinics and performances at prestigious conferences and hosting Low Brass Day events across the Midwest.

Bo earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Kansas, a Master's Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is on the verge of completing a Doctoral Degree at the University of Iowa. He has been studied Tuba with Tony Clements, Craig Fuller, John Manning, Sam Pilafian, Patrick Stuckemeyer, Peter Warhaftig, and Scott Watson.



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