A euphoniumist, trombonist, vocalist and music educator in the Washington DC area, Hiram is a second generation Cuban American that grew up in Miami, Florida surrounded by the Latin-American diaspora and its incredible contributions to the arts. Throughout Hiram’s education, he competed in several international euphonium competitions, including winning the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference Artist Euphonium Competition, placing second at the Leonard Falcone International Artist Euphonium Competition, and receiving an honorable mention at the first international Concours de Tuba Tours, in Tours, France. Hiram’s primary teachers include Dr. Brian Bowman, Tim Northcut, Jay Bertolet and Lee Rogers.
As a euphoniumist Hiram has played solo and recital performances throughout the United States and abroad. He has been a featured soloist at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, various International Tuba and Euphonium Conferences, and recently with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band on their National Concert Tour. He performs regularly as guest euphonium, trombone, or bass trumpet with such groups as the Baltimore Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and National Symphony Orchestras.
Hiram is also a very active chamber musician as a member and returning guest with such groups as High Bridge Brass, Washington Symphonic Brass, Dominion Brass Quartet, and the American Tuba Quartet. Currently, Hiram proudly serves as a euphoniumist in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington D.C., a position he has held since 2012.
Willie is a member of the United States Air Force “Ceremonial Brass” in Washington D.C. and was a founding member of the Barclay Brass and professional Disney tuba quartet, “The Tubafours”. Mr. Clark received his Bachelors Degree studying with Fritz Kaenzig at the University of Illinois and a Masters Degree studying with David Zerkel and Fred Mills at the University of Georgia.
From the Fall of 1998 to 2003, Mr. Clark served on the adjunct faculty for Stetson University. He has also served on the adjunct faculty for Bethune-Cookman College.
As a performer, Mr. Clark has toured the United States, South America, Australia, China, Japan, and eighteen countries in Europe. During these travels he performed with the China National Symphony, the Empire Brass for the Campos do Jordao Winter Music Festival and USA Tour Concert, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Sam Rivers’ RivBea Orchestra, and Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band. In 1986, Mr. Clark was Featured on the Chicago radio station WBEZ performing, “The Flight of the Bumblebee”.
Mr. Clark served as a low brass clinician on the European Tour with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. You can hear him on the Tuba 4’s CD, “Under the Boardwalk”. He has also recorded with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the United States Air Force Band, Alfred Publishing, Warner Brothers, and Electronic Arts. Having watched the 2016 World Series Game 7 on TV and growing up in the Chicagoland Area, Willie finds it hard to play with a St. Louis Cardinal Fan. But he will power through, because that's what Cub Fans have done for over a hundred years.