An artist of widely diverse musical talents, Mike Forbes (b. 1973) is “…an outstanding tubist with a solid, colorful tone, terrific technical skills, and dramatic flair” (American Record Guide). He began his career as a tubist with the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing’s Own" and subsequently served on the music faculties at a number of Midwestern universities. He is an active orchestral tubist and in high demand as a clinician and soloist, frequently performing throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. As a co-founder of the Sotto Voce Quartet, Forbes enjoys performing and recording exhilarating chamber music with his colleagues in America’s premiere tuba/euphonium quartet. He can be heard on his solo album, Forbes Plays Koetsier (Summit Records) where he features all seven works for solo tuba by Dutch composer, Jan Koetsier. Dr. Forbes has received numerous awards and accolades for his compositions and is regularly commissioned by notable brass artists and band directors. He has won the Dallas Wind Symphony Fanfare Composition contest numerous times, and his compositions have been given awards of merit by the U.S. Army Band, Humboldt Brass Festival, and the International Tuba Euphonium Association. He has recently been commissioned by the National Band Association of Wisconsin to compose a new work for their 25th State Band Festival.