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International Tuba Day

Posted by on May. 4, 2012 at 5:58 AM
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International Tuba Day

When: First Friday in May

International Tuba Day recognizes musicians around the world who struggle with the weight and size of their big instrument. It's truely an important musical instrument, that no concert or symphonic bandleader would want to be without. It's big, deep sounds provide lots of character and "Oomph" to concert music. Can you imagine a Tuba-less marching band!?

The tuba player has a big job. He lugs this heavy instrument around. He provides the big wind that makes a big impact in the musical world. If you see a Tuba paler today, give them some well deserved recognition. If you are a Tuba player, then toot your horn (errr Tuba). We love 'ya!

 

Here's a few hefty Tuba factoids:

  • Tubas come in varying sizes, weighing from a dozen pounds to 50 pounds!
  • The Tuba was patented in 1835 by Wiebrecht and Moritz in Germany
  • The number of valves on a Tuba is not standardized. A Tuba can have 3,4,5 or six valves.


Origin of International Tuba Day:

International Tuba Day was founded by Joel Day in 1979. At the time, Joel was a tuba player in a band at Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia, Pa. He started it as a result of a lack of respect for tuba and tuba players by his fellow musicians.

by on May. 4, 2012 at 5:58 AM
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itsallabtthem84
by ~B~ on May. 4, 2012 at 8:26 AM
Is everyday some type of day? I can't stand tubas. In 7th grade (first year of junior high) band wad required at the school I went to and the band teacher tried to get me to play the tuba. I eyed up playing the clairanet (misspelled) & was pretty good at it.
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mommybug77
by Crystal on May. 4, 2012 at 8:41 AM
Interestint
robertmommie
by Renee on May. 4, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Cool, I played the trombone in junior high and high school. 

sarahjz
by Platinum Member on May. 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

good

Ladyisis
by on May. 4, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Interesting! Thanks for sharing.

kerryket
by Kerry on May. 5, 2012 at 12:46 AM

My son plays tuba!

abernathyvanna
by Vanna on May. 5, 2012 at 2:05 AM

I have never played an instrument

EbonySnow
by Desiree on May. 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

 my dh used to play tuba

websorceress
by on May. 7, 2012 at 4:37 AM

Tube day?? what else?? lol............

onecuteladybug2
by KT on May. 7, 2012 at 4:43 AM

Cool!

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