University of Alabama doctoral student Joshua Williams, who was named one of the best horn players in the world last year, is no longer the lone “best of the best” horn player at the Capstone.
Williams now shares the international spotlight with the “Capstone Horn Quartet,” also known as “Tater and the Tots.”
Tater and the Tots became the first University of Alabama horn quartet to win the International Horn Society Summer Symposium Student Amateur Quartet Competition, which was held earlier at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
The members of the quartet are Matthew “Tater” Meadows, a 23-year-old senior music education major, of Jasper; Antonio Padilla, 21-year-old senior music education major, of Meridian, Mississippi; Anthony Parrish, 22-year-old senior music education major, of Kimberly; and Charlie Snead, a 21-year-old senior music performance major, of Northport.
“We have some great folks doing some great things,” said Charles “Skip” Snead, director and horn professor in UA’s School of Music. “This is the first time we’ve had a quartet win the international competition.
“I’m incredibly proud of them. They put in a lot of hard work, many hours of preparation. They all play individually very well, but when they get together it’s a really great combination.”