Drums & Tuba

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Drums & Tuba
Origin Austin, Texas (later based in New York City)
Genres Instrumental rock, alternative rock
Years active 1995 (1995)–2005 (2005)
Labels Righteous Babe Records
Members Brian Wolff, Tony Nozero, Neal McKeeby

Drums & Tuba was an alternative rock group from New York City (though the band was originally formed in Austin, Texas). Their sound fuses electronic rock, progressive rock, jazz and occasionally industrial. They were signed to Righteous Babe Records.


The group began as a duo with Brian Wolff and Tony Nozero performing weekend nights for tips on Sixth Street in downtown Austin. Originally the band was called "Just Drums & Tuba" and consisted only of a drummer (Nozero) and tuba player (Wolff), but soon they added a guitarist (Neal McKeeby) to their lineup because they had a hard time finding additional horn players.

Musical style[edit]

Their music combined many disparate genres, including jazz fusion, alternative hip hop, and hardcore punk. Their live performances sometimes included McKeeby playing two guitars simultaneously, and Wolff using effects boards as well as his tuba.[1] They have been compared to Sonic Youth,[1] Soul Coughing, the guitar sound of Grateful Dead,[2] Isotope 217, and Tortoise.[3]


  • Box Fetish (1997)
  • Flying Ballerina (1998)
  • Flatheads & Spoonies (1999)
  • Vinyl Killer (2001)
  • Mostly Ape (2002)
  • Live: Hoboken, NJ 5/14/2004 (2004)
  • El Tubador/The Peleton (2005)
  • Battles Ole (2005)


  • Drums - Tony Nozero
  • Tuba - Brian Wolff
  • Guitar - Neal McKeeby
  • Andrew Gilchrist (on The Peloton/El Tubador)


  1. ^ a b Kuipers, Dean (31 October 2002). "D&T stuck in dance trance". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Bredenkamp, Aaron (26 September 2002). "'Mostly Ape' CD offers psychedelic trip through space". Daily Nebraskan. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Lynch, David (19 January 2001). "Drums & Tuba: Vinyl Killer". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 

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