Gabriel Sears has established himself as a leader among the new generation of brass musicians, captivating his audiences 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 won 2nd prize in 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.
An avid chamber musician, Gabriel is currently tubist with Denali Brass and Sunset Brass in Los Angeles, and has served as tubist with 2nd Street Brass, Southwest Brass Quintet, Rural Street Klezmer Band, the Arizona State University Dixie Devils, and Omni Brass Ensemble, a project with trumpet virtuoso Randolph Lee. Gabriel has enjoyed performance seasons with Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, West Valley Symphony, MusicaNova Orchestra, Salt River Brass Band, American Youth Symphony, and Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra. Gabriel has also had the pleasure of working under the batons of both Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and renowned composer John Williams in the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion respectively. Performing more than just ensemble work, Gabriel performed five solo recitals while attending Arizona State University, two solo performances during his time in Germany, and has performed several solo performances throughout the Los Angeles area.
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 Arizona State University Big Bands 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 with the World-Famous Disneyland Band, 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.
Gabriel is an International Artist and Clinician for the Eastman Music Company.
What They Play
This 34" tall CC tuba is wonderfully in tune and is a very easy and comfortable horn to play. Whether
in an orchestral setting, a community band, a church ensemble, a quintet, or solo work – this tuba
works well. The model 632 employs the following features:
- Key of CC
- Full-size tuba with 19 3/4" bell
- Yellow brass construction with nickel-silver leadpipe and tuning slides
- Four stainless steel pistons through a .687" bore
- Front-action valve assembly
- Right thumb-operated 5th rotor valve (a flat whole step), through a .770” bore
- Short slide tubes designed to give more sealing area at these detachable points
- Exquisitely finished in a clear lacquer
- Available as EBC632S
- Silver-plated finish
- Available as EBC632S