Bands/Musicians The Best Tuba Players in the World  

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List Rules Living tuba players only

The tuba is one of the most easily recognizable instruments, due to its large size and distinct shape. It is a very tricky brass instrument to master and takes a great deal of practice. The best living tuba players in the world are on the list below and all have spent years dedicating their lives and careers to the tuba. But who are the best tuba players in the world today?

The tuba is the largest, lowest pitched, brass instrument. The sound is produced by a buzzing of the mouthpiece. The tuba is used in classical music, military, orchestral music, and is also popular in jazz music. These best tuba players in the world are from many different genres but are all incredibly skilled when it comes to the tuba.

These best tubists in the world have the ability to execute flawless music whether its a rehearsed piece or something improvised. To become one of the best tuba players in the world takes great commitment, a strong work ethic, and years of practice and dedication.

The best living tuba players are from all over the world and include talented musicians like Carol Jantsch, Velvet Brown, Alan Baer, John Bodwin, and Roger Bobo. Cast your votes below for the best living tuba players in the world today.

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Øystein Baadsvik is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical

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337 188
Roger Bobo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical

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267 156
Gene Pokorny is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical

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219 127
Tan Yao Cong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Tuba added Tan Yao Cong

Singaporean tuba player.

Tan Yao Cong’s work as an orchestra musician has taken him across the world, performing in numerous festivals which include the Alzira Spanish Brass Festival, as well as concert series and tours with orchestras such as The Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Music Makers, the International Youth Wind Orchestra, and the Asian Youth Orchestra. He has worked under the direction of renowned conductors such as Vasily Petrenko, James Gaffigan, James Macmillan and James Judd.

Currently based in Singapore, Yao Cong is the Orchestra Manager of the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra. As a freelance musician, Yao Cong works as a music educator with local school bands, freelance orchestras and the Singapore Armed Forces Central Band.

Yao Cong’s ensemble made their first CD release with Toccata Classics, titled ‘John Gardner - Music for Brass and Organ’, featuring Paul Archibald (Trumpet) and Stephen King (Organ).

Yao Cong completed his Bachelor of Music (Hons) under the tutelage of Mr. Patrick Harrild, Principal Tuba of the London Symphony Orchestra. His undergraduate studies were sponsored by the Loke Cheng-Kim Foundation.

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Arnold Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Dylan1 added

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281 207
Carol Jantsch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Carol Jantsch Classical

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160 115
Danielle Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
_1446225304015 added Danielle Allen

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179 137
Alan Baer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Alan Baer Classical

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164 126
Charles Daellenbach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World

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126 96
John Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Stephen Cann added

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37 16
Sam Pilafian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
matt.dezignstuff added Sam Pilafian

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39 19
Warren Deck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Brian Johnston added Warren Deck

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80 61
Patrick Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Pat McFarland added Patrick Sheridan

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90 73
Mike Roylance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical

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66 53
Yasuhito Sugiyama is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Yasuhito Sugiyama Orchestral

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97 102
James Gourlay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical

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105 117
Velvet Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Velvet Brown Classical

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37 35
Heiko Triebener is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Heiko Triebener Classical

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61 68
Rex Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Rex Martin Classical

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52 57
Kenneth Amis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical

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17 13
Sam Pilafian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
matt.dezignstuff added Sam Pilafian

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47 52
David Fedderly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
David Fedderly Orchestral, Classical

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43 47
Wilfried Brandstötter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added Wilfried Brandstötter

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78 92
Howard Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World

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53 63
Walter Hilgers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Walter Hilgers Classical, Orchestral

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40 47
Perry Hoogendijk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Perry Hoogendijk Classical

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24 26
Nat Mcinosh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
GarrettSutherland added Nat Mcinosh

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31 36
Aaron Tindall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
gnicholls added Aaron Tindall

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27 32
Jeffrey Anderson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Jeffrey Anderson Classical

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34 42
Norman Pearson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Norman Pearson Orchestral, Classical

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41 56
John Van Houten is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Orchestral

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26 37
Aubrey Foard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Aubrey Foard Classical

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39 57
Dave Bargeron is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Big band, Jazz

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27 41
Paul Halwax is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Paul Halwax Classical

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19 30
Mattie Remix is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
tubafatale added Mattie Remix Balkan -

Balkan tuba player with The m9 out of Seattle, WA.

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25 41
Scott Irvine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Scott Irvine Classical

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25 41
John D. Stevens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
John D. Stevens Classical

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21 35
Roger Comley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
MotorMan added Roger Comley When I first saw Roger he was playing with a local group called "The Doctor's of Jazz!" I never heard a tuba answer the trumpet or clarinet with a counter melody and carry the tune for 32 bars, then jumping right back in again... Months later I saw the same player in concert at The Altria Theater playing with the symphony brass. What a powerful sound!

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16 28
Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
gnicholls added Dennis Miller

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31 51
Bob Stewart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World

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8 17
Mike Short is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Pat McFarland added Mike Short

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26 45
Tony Clements is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Tony Clements Classical

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22 41
Michel Godard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical, Jazz

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9 21
Matt Perrine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
waynejrice added Matt Perrine

Perhaps the foremost jazz sousaphone player today, Matt is a composer, arranger and bass player in addition to playing sousaphone.  He is based in New Orleans, and fronts the New Orleans Nightcrawlers (among others) and also plays with Bonerama.

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Tom Abbs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Avant-garde jazz

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7 18
Jesper Kramer-johansen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Swotnitchky added Jesper Kramer-johansen

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23 44
James Akins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
James Akins Classical

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18 36
Karel Malimánek is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Karel Malimánek Classical

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8 20
Stein Erik Tafjord is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added Stein Erik Tafjord Jazz

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8 22
Jeffery Funderburk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Pat McFarland added Jeffery Funderburk