STEVE BRIGHT
Tuba


Steve has had an eclectic musical background with many fits and starts. Growing up he spent many summers at Chautauqua, New York listening to the Chautauqua Symphony and other live music.  While spending a year in England as a teenager, Steve played Repiano Cornet in the Clacton-on-Sea Town Band, and participated in brass band competitions with the band throughout central England. Returning home to West Virginia he switched to tuba and earned first chair all-state in his second year on the instrument.At Ohio Wesleyan University, he was a member of the brass ensemble and wind ensemble for four years.  In the 1990’s, after a long break, Steve joined the Homer Brass in upstate New York. The group specialized in brass band music from Salvation Army scores, and played regularly in church services throughout the Cortland/Ithaca New York area.  While with the Homer Brass, he and the group had the opportunity to play with jazz great and Cortland native Spiegle Wilcox, the original trombonist with the Bix Beiterbecke Band, and Sam Forcucci who directed an Army Honor Band for General Eisenhower during WWII. Moving back to West Virginia in 2000 to take a position at Davis & Elkins College, Steve participated in the College Wind Ensemble and played in multiple shows.  In 2007 he moved to Lynchburg, Virginia and after another long break, started taking his first private tuba lessons from Bill Folger, the tuba instructor at Lynchburg College in 2014/2015. 

Steve is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and has a Master of Public Administration Degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He currently serves at the Vice President for Business and Finance at Lynchburg College, soon to be the University of Lynchburg. Steve has attended additional administrative programs at Cornell, Yale, and Harvard, and frequently serves on accreditation teams for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Steve and his wife Liz have two grown daughters and share a love for Indian food and the Adirondack Mountains.