While many believe the tuba is the largest instrument in the band and would be hard to physically manage, the tubas we use for beginners are ¾ size and easy to handle. In fact, tuba players may begin by playing a baritone horn and will switch over in the fall semester.
Tuba players need to have full lips and a large lung capacity. While the size of the student doesn’t matter TOO much, a long torso (upper body) helps astudent reach the mouthpiece of the tuba while resting the bottom of the tuba on the edge of their chair or across the thighs.
The tuba provides the musical foundation for the band and requires players that are self-motivated over-achievers. Students with a history of academic trouble should not consider tuba as we rely heavily on the ability of the tubaplayers to be consistently UIL eligible.
Famous Players (Click name to listen to a performance.)