Tony Clements, tuba
In 1981, while playing bass trombone in a long run of "Music Man", Mr. Clements won the post of Principal Tubist in the San José Symphony, a post he holds today with it’s successor, Symphony Silicon Valley. For many years, in addition to his artistic duties, Mr. Clements was also the orchestra's Personnel Manager. As a contrast to his hectic schedule during the symphony season, he has played several summer music festivals. Among them are: Music in the Mountains, in Nevada City, California; The Mozart Festival, San Luis Obispo, California; The Cabrillo Festival, Santa Cruz, CA, Sand point, Idaho and the Lake Tahoe Festival.
Tony has played with the San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, the Sacramento Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, The San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Opera San Jose, Ballet, San Jose and many free-lance orchestras in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is fond of saying, “I’ve played the ‘Nutcracker’ over 600 times.”
He is a popular Bay Area soloist, playing with virtually every college band in the area and many high school groups. In 1988, Mr. Clements toured Japan with the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Wind Ensemble as their guest soloist, playing 'Carnival of Venice' nine times, earning him the nickname "Tuba-san." His recent solo appearances have taken him to McMinnville, OR; Little Rock, AR; Providence, RI and Huntingdon, PA.
In 1999, Tony premiered six (!) new pieces for tuba & strings with the San Jose Chamber orchestra, under the baton of Maestra Barbara Day Turner. In his next appearance with the SJCO, he premiered three new pieces for euphonium & strings. This season, he performed Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Concerto for Bass Tuba” with the Symphony Silicon Valley.
In 2001, Mr. Clements was appointed the Conductor of the Ohlone Wind Orchestra. His teaching positions include Stanford University, Cal State East Bay (where he was Director of Bands for the 2006-07 school year) and Ohlone College, where he directs the 30-member Tuba Union of the Bay Area, a tuba ensemble comprised of local tubists. In September 2007, he was named Director of Bands at Ohlone College, adding the Ohlone Community Band to his duties. In 2010, the Music Department was pleased to add the Mission Peak Brass Band, making Ohlone College the only college in California to offer not only 3 bands, but a British Brass Band as one of the choices.
From January 2008 to 2011, he served as President of Local 153 of the American Federation of musicians.
In his off time Tony enjoys motorcycling, camping, and playing with his 2 doggies, Lena & Baylee. When not playing his horn, you can figure he's out riding one of his beloved Harley-Davidsons. His latest passion is playing senior softball, which is a slow pitch softball league for 50+ year olds. Yes, he is a scrub, but goes out there anyway.