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

2
329 179
Roger Bobo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical

3
258 149
Gene Pokorny is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical

4
205 117
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 ...

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52 15
Arnold Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Dylan1 added

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272 203
Carol Jantsch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Carol Jantsch Classical

7
157 106
Danielle Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
_1446225304015 added Danielle Allen

8
156 121
Charles Daellenbach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World

9
168 133
Alan Baer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Alan Baer Classical

10
119 93
John Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Stephen Cann added

11
35 14
Warren Deck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Brian Johnston added Warren Deck

12
75 56
Patrick Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Pat McFarland added Patrick Sheridan

13
85 71
Mike Roylance is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical

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29 14
Sam Pilafian is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
1515181014776 added Sam Pilafian

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60 51
Yasuhito Sugiyama is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Yasuhito Sugiyama Orchestral

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92 98
James Gourlay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical

17
46 46
David Fedderly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
David Fedderly Orchestral, Classical

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34 32
Heiko Triebener is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Heiko Triebener Classical

19
99 114
Velvet Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Velvet Brown Classical

20
50 54
Kenneth Amis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical

21
59 66
Rex Martin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Rex Martin Classical

22
77 89
Howard Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World

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39 43
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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50 62
Walter Hilgers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Walter Hilgers Classical, Orchestral

25
38 46
Perry Hoogendijk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Perry Hoogendijk Classical

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12 12
Sam Pilafian is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
1515181014776 added Sam Pilafian

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28 35
Aaron Tindall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
gnicholls added Aaron Tindall

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20 25
Nat Mcinosh is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
GarrettSutherland added Nat Mcinosh

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31 41
Norman Pearson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Norman Pearson Orchestral, Classical

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40 54
John Van Houten is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Orchestral

31
23 32
Jeffrey Anderson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Jeffrey Anderson Classical

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25 35
Aubrey Foard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Aubrey Foard Classical

33
38 54
Dave Bargeron is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Big band, Jazz

34
18 27
Mattie Remix is listed (or ranked) 34 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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26 39
Paul Halwax is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Paul Halwax Classical

36
25 38
Scott Irvine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Scott Irvine Classical

37
16 25
Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
gnicholls added Dennis Miller

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31 48
Bob Stewart is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World

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8 14
Mike Short is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Pat McFarland added Mike Short

40
20 32
Roger Comley is listed (or ranked) 40 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 ...

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26 42
Tony Clements is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Tony Clements Classical

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24 39
John D. Stevens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
John D. Stevens Classical

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22 39
Michel Godard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical, Jazz

44
7 16
Jesper Kramer-johansen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Swotnitchky added Jesper Kramer-johansen

45
8 18
Matt Perrine is listed (or ranked) 45 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 ...

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24 44
Tom Abbs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Avant-garde jazz

47
8 19
Stein Erik Tafjord is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Per Eivind Hovdedalen added Stein Erik Tafjord Jazz

48
18 35
Karel Malimánek is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Karel Malimánek Classical

49
23 43
James Akins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
James Akins Classical

50
8 20
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