Harvey Phillips started in music by bringing his Father’s violin to band class and trying to play along. “In 1942, shortly after we entered World War II, our band’s only Sousaphone player joined the Navy, and my high school band director asked me to play Sousaphone.” Arnold Jacobs spent a good part of his youth progressing from bugle to trumpet to trombone and finally to tuba. . . . → Read More: Getting that Heavy Metal Sound
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. . . . → Read More: Tuba Q and A: High Range
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