Luck is not chance, it’s toil. Fortune’s expensive smile is earned. ~ Emily Dickinson

Mr. Ahrens teaches band & choir at Bear River High School in Grass Valley, CA.


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Tuba Q and A: High Range

Question: What are some helpful techniques for improving the high range of my high school tuba players? Most high school band music is written in the lower register.

Answer: I was once told that the best way for tuba players to improve their range in the upper register is to play up there. As . . . → Read More: Tuba Q and A: High Range

For the Love of Tuba

In 8th grade, my band director, Mr. Hansen asked for a volunteer to play the sousaphone. He said that whoever was interested should come see him at lunch. I was the only one to show up. I had no clue what a sousaphone was. Mr. Hansen brought out this huge white thing and I quickly told him “I can’t play that! It’s too big!” He reassured me that I could and that he would teach me. . . . → Read More: For the Love of Tuba