More than 1,000 tuba and euphonium players, teachers, and vendors are at the University of Tennessee campus this week for the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conference.

The international gathering of musicians comes every other year to celebrate their brass community.

Performances, lectures and exhibits run throughout the week and feature a number of celebrities.

For example, Tuesday night included a performance from Jim Self, a former UT professor who used his tuba to voice the


from Steven Spielberg's “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

One distinct change highlights this year's conference.



, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium at UT, will act as site host of the event, following the unexpected death of Kelly Thomas, former professor of tuba and euphonium.

Thomas died nearly a year ago, and a goal of the conference is to raise money for a scholarship in his honor.

"The students loved him, and in one year he did amazing things here at UT. They did a tribute concert last night and will do a memorial concert Thursday night," said Marty Erickson, the president of

International Tuba Euphonium Association.

For an entire list of performances, classes, and recitals, go here.