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Lee Hipp - Tuba, Director of Education

Lee Hipp, principal tuba of the San Antonio Symphony and the San Antonio Brass since 1989, has also performed with the Dallas, Houston and Atlanta symphonies, the Miami City Ballet Orchestra and the Southwest Florida Symphony. Mr. Hipp spent the 1998-2000 seasons performing as acting principal tuba with the Utah Symphony. As an educator Lee has taught tuba and euphonium at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Utah as well as  St. Mary's and Trinity Universities. Mr. Hipp also developed and administered the SAB's week long summer brass camp program that ran for nine years.

Lee Hipp is a native Texan and received his B.M. in Education from Texas Tech University studying with David Payne. He earned his M.M. in Tuba Performance at Southern Methodist University studying with Everett Gilmore and Sandy Keathley. Mr. Hipp has also studied with David Kirk of the Houston Symphony, Dennis Miller of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Donald Little of the University of North Texas/ Dallas Opera.

Mr. Hipp has performed as a soloist, in concert and recital, with groups such as the San Antonio Symphony, Youth Orchestra's of San Antonio, Utah Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, Winters Chamber Orchestra, San Antonio Brass, King William Winds and the University of Utah Wind Symphony. He has also conducted educational clinics across the country as well as the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association.

Along with his many performing and teaching duties, Lee is also the tuba and euphonium consultant for Tempest Musical Instruments. As a consultant Mr. Hipp makes design suggestions and tests all instruments as they enter the US from China before being shipped around the country.

From 2000-2011 Mr. Hipp spent every summer as the principal tuba of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina where he performed with the Eastern Festival Orchestra and taught gifted, young musicians from across the United States.

Lee has recorded with the Utah and Atlanta symphonies and can be heard on the 1999 Telarc recording of the Brahms Requiem with the Utah Symphony and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as well as the 2005 Grammy Award winning Atlanta Symphony and Chorus recording of the Berlioz Requiem.

Mr. Hipp enjoys living in northwest San Antonio with his wife, Melinda, who is a local mortgage professional. Both Lee and Melinda enjoy playing golf and traveling throughout the Texas Hill Country.

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