List of tuba players

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This is a list of tuba players with articles on Wikipedia.

Tom Abbs United States 1972– Jazz tubist, multi-instrumentalist, and filmmaker
James Akins United States 1956– Principal Tuba, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Professor of Tuba/Euphonium, Ohio State University, inventor of the Dent Eraser
Kenneth Amis United States 1970– Tubist with the Empire Brass
Jeff Anderson United States 1962- Principal tubist with the San Francisco Symphony. Studied under Harvey Phillips, Daniel Perantoni and Arnold Jacobs
Øystein Baadsvik Norway 1966– Soloist and chamber musician
Alan Baer United States Principal Tuba with New York Philharmonic; formerly principal tuba with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Dave Bargeron United States 1942– Jazz Tubist and Trombone player with Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Doc Severinsen's Band, Gil Evans Orchestra, Paul Simon, Mick Jagger, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, David Sanborn, Pat Metheny among many others.
William Bell United States 1902–1971 Classical tubist. Was the premier player and teacher of the tuba in America during the first half of the 20th century. He was professor of tuba at the Manhattan School of Music until 1961, and Indiana University from 1961 to 1971.
Roger Bobo United States 1938– Soloist; teaches at the Musashino Academia Musicae; formerly taught at the Fiesole School of Music, the Lausanne Conservatory, the Rotterdams Konservatorium, and the Royal Northern College of Music; formerly principal tuba of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1964 to 1989.
Velvet Brown United States Professor of tuba and euphonium at Pennsylvania State University; formerly professor at Bowling Green State University and Ball State University.
Red Callender United States 1916–1992 Jazz tubist; member of B. Bumble and the Stingers
Tony Clements United States 1954– Tubist San Jose Symphony, name later changed to Symphony Silicon Valley. Instructor of Tuba & Euphonium, Stanford University. Director of Bands, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA.
Theon Cross United Kingdom Tuba soloist and tubist of London based group Sons of Kemet
Charles Daellenbach Canada 1945- Co-founder of Canadian Brass
Ray Draper United States 1940–1982 Hard bop tuba player
Walter English United States 1867-1916 circus bands
David Fedderly United States 1954– Retired Principal tubist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Former tuba instructor at The Juilliard School, tuba instructor at the Peabody Institute; owner of the Baltimore Brass Company.
John Fletcher United Kingdom 1941–1987 Member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1964 to 1966; member of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1966 to 1987; member of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble from 1966 to 1986
Herbie Flowers United Kingdom 1938– Studio musician and co-founder of Blue Mink
Aubrey Foard United States Principal tubist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, formerly of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and West Virginia Symphony Orchestra[1]
Clark Gayton United States Jazz and rock tuba and sousaphone player. Played with Levon Helm, Bruce Springsteen and others.
Squire Gersh United States 1913– 1983 Jazz tubist and double bassist.
Michel Godard France 1960– Jazz tubist
James Gourlay United Kingdom 1956– Deputy Principal and Music Director at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; formerly Head of Wind and Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music
Tom Heasley United States Composer, performer, and recording artist.
Walter Hilgers Germany 1959– Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Gerard Hoffnung United Kingdom 1925–1959 Artist and musician, known for his comedic works.
John Van Houten United States 1957– Los Angeles studio musician
Scott Irvine Canada 1953– Principal tubist with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and Esprit Orchestra; tubist of True North Brass.
Arnold Jacobs United States 1915–1998 Former principal tubist with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1944 to 1988; former professor at Northwestern University.
Carol Jantsch United States 1985–Current Principal Tuba, Philadelphia Orchestra. University of Michigan (A.B. 2006)
Howard Johnson United States 1941–2021 Jazz tubist, leader of all-tuba band Gravity, former SNL bandleader/member, performer with many other groups.
Tommy Johnson United States 1935–2006 Taught privately at The University of Southern California and at The University of California, Los Angeles; performed in over 2,000 film scores.
John Kirby United States 1908–1952 Jazz tubist, double-bassist, and trombonist
Andy Kirk United States 1898–1992 Jazz tubist; bandleader of the "Twelve Clouds of Joy," popular during the swing era.
Anthony Lacen United States 1950–2004 Jazz tubist and bandleader.
Min Leibrook United States 1903–1943 Jazz tubist, played with The Wolverines and the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.
Thomas Leleu France 1987– Classical and contemporary musician, skilled tuba player, and principal tubist with the Opera de Marseille. "Revelation Instrumental Soloist of the Year"[2] at the annual French classical music award event, the Victoires de la musique classique.
Patti LuPone United States 1949–Present Played tuba on Broadway in the musical Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim.
Michel Massot Belgium 1960– Jazz tubist; founder of Trio Bravo; teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Liège
Rich Matteson United States 1929–1993 Jazz tubist, educator, band leader, and composer
Bill Muter United States 1984– Avant-garde tubist and bassist, best known for his book "A Practical Approach"
Harvey Phillips United States 1929–2010 New York Brass Quintet; New England Conservatory; Indiana University School Jacobs School of Music; Organized T.U.B.A
Samuel Pilafian United States 1949-


Empire Brass; Arizona State University; North Dakota State University
Gene Pokorny United States 1953- Principal tubist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Marcus Rojas United States 1963– Tubist with Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet; has worked with Henry Threadgill, Charlie Haden, Lester Bowie, John Zorn; formed the trio Spanish Fly with Steven Bernstein and David Tronzo; has taught at New York University, State University of New York at Purchase, and Brooklyn College.
Giancarlo Schiaffini Italy Jazz tubist, member of the Italian Instabile Orchestra
John D. Stevens United States 1951– Professor at University of Wisconsin–Madison; composer/arranger; member of The Wisconsin Brass Quintet; formerly taught at The University of Miami; former free-lance musician in New York City.
Bob Stewart United States 1945– Concert and Jazz tubist, educator, and studio musician; Professor at the Juilliard School and a "Distinguished Lecturer" at Lehman College
Heiko Triebener Germany 1964– Classical tubist, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Constance Weldon United States 1932-2020 First female professional tubist
John White United Kingdom 1936– Experimental musician, prolific composer, and skilled tuba player.

See also[edit]

List of euphonium players


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