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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338 191
Roger Bobo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical

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271 158
Gene Pokorny is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical

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221 129
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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65 22
Arnold Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
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284 209
Carol Jantsch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Carol Jantsch Classical

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165 116
Danielle Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
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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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165 126
Charles Daellenbach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World

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127 97
John Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
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41 19
Warren Deck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
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38 16
Sam Pilafian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
matt.dezignstuff added Sam Pilafian

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82 62
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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91 73
Mike Roylance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical

15
67 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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97 103
James Gourlay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical

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105 118
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 36
Heiko Triebener is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Heiko Triebener Classical

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19 14
Sam Pilafian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
matt.dezignstuff added Sam Pilafian

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61 69
Rex Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Rex Martin Classical

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52 58
Kenneth Amis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
Classical

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44 48
Wilfried Brandstötter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
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47 52
David Fedderly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
David Fedderly Orchestral, Classical

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78 93
Howard Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World

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32 36
Aaron Tindall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tuba Players in the World
gnicholls added Aaron Tindall