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Deck, Warren (1954-Present)

Tuba player who started playing at nine years of age whilst attending school in Denver, Colorado.  He relocated to Ann Arbor at twelve years of age and furthered his studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School and the University of Michigan.

In the field of music education, he has passed along his knowledge to a new generation of students at the Aspen Music Festival and School, ITEC 2001, Juilliard, The Lamont School of Music, and Rice University.  He taught at Juilliard from 1989 to 2002 and gave master classes throughout the world, including stops in the Far East, South America, and the Soviet Union.

He has held the post of Principal Tuba with the Houston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.  In 1989, he debuted as a solo artist with the New York Philharmonic with the world premiere of “Songs of Ascent” by Roger Kellaway.

His career was cut short when he was diagnosed with focal dystonia, which affects the fingers, and is common amongst musicians.  Although it was a harsh verdict for a young tuba player, it was also a bit of relief.  He had been fighting the condition for a long time, and it was nice to know exactly what was going on.  Unable to perform, Warren returned to education, that of his students at the University of Denver, and his own, at a local community college.

The Principal Brass of the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra recordings
Canzon in Double Echo (Giovanni Gabrieli)
ArrangerArthur Frackenpohl

Here is one of his “Deck Specials” recorded in 1980…