Tuba + Euphonium
Gabriel Sears has established himself as a leader among the new generation of brass musicians, captivating his audience by effortlessly combining virtuosity and musicianship with distinctive entertainment. Heralded by the United States Air Force Band as an "amazing talent" (MSG Burts, 2006) after being the first brass musician to win the Colonel George S. Howard Young Artist Competition, it was evident at an early age that Gabriel would set the new standard in tuba performance. Continuing with his competitive career, Gabriel also won 2nd prize at the ’08 and ’09 Leonard Falcone International Tuba Artist Competition, and received a 2011-2012 Fulbright Grant to study tuba performance at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater, und Medien in Hannover, Germany. After moving to Los Angeles, Gabriel competed in the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts 28th Instrumental Competition in February of 2013, and took 1st place in the brass division. Also in February of 2013, Gabriel had the pleasure of working under the baton of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and world-renowned composer and conductor, John Williams at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
An avid chamber musician, Gabriel is currently tubist with the 2nd Street Brass and Denali Brass in Los Angeles, and has served as tubist with the Southwest Brass Quintet, the Rural Street Klezmer Band, the Arizona State University (ASU) Dixie Devils, and the Omni Brass Ensemble, a project with trumpet virtuoso Randolph Lee. Gabriel has also enjoyed performance seasons with the American Youth Symphony, the Young Musician’s Foundation Debut Orchestra, Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, the West Valley Symphony, the MusicaNova Orchestra, the Salt River Brass Band, and as a pit orchestra musician in the professional touring Broadway musical Chicago during its January-February 2009 run in Phoenix, Arizona. Gabriel also performed five solo recitals while attending Arizona State University, two solo performances during his time in Germany, and has had several solo performances in Los Angeles.
While Gabriel established himself as a professional tubist he also pursued performance opportunities on both bass trombone and guitar. Gabriel was bass trombonist in the ASU Concert Jazz Band, ASU Jazz Repertory Band, ASU Sinfonietta, and in multiple concerts with The Salt River Brass. Gabriel also achieved recognition for his talents on guitar with the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band for multiple seasons during which he performed on national television several times.
In addition to his performance activities, Gabriel is dedicated to arts education and received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Arizona State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and earned a Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Gabriel is currently serving as Adjunct Professor of Tuba at California State University, Long Beach and maintains a large private studio within Los Angeles. Gabriel can also be seen performing regularly at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Park as well as throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area in orchestras, chamber ensembles, and as a soloist. Gabriel has been a student of Los Angeles Philharmonic principal tubist Norman Pearson, famed tubist Jens Bjørn-Larsen, brass giant Sam Pilafian, tuba virtuoso Patrick Sheridan, and owes his musical foundation to Donna Schmidt, an Albuquerque, New Mexico area instructor.