bands/musicians The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time  

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Who are the best tuba players in history? The tuba is the largest, lowest pitched brass instrument and takes years of practice to master. The musicians on this list have become the greatest tuba players in history, each from a variety of genres, in which the tuba is used, such as classical music, military bands, and jazz. 

These best tuba players are from different eras as well, but each one of them is incredibly adept at their instrument. These best tuba players have the ability to execute flawless music whether its a rehearsed piece or improv in jazz music. These musicians often helped define their respective musical times and have created iconic music that we still listen to today.

The best tubists ever are from all over the world and include hugely talented musicians such as Carol Jantsch, Tom Abbs, Alan Baer, John Bodwin, and Roger Bobo. To become one of the best tuba players ever takes great commitment, a strong work ethic, and dedication.

Vote up the greatest tuba players in history below, from any genre, or add a tuba player you think is the best, if he or she isn't already on the list.

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Arnold Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Arnold Jacobs Classical

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Øystein Baadsvik is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Øystein Baadsvik Classical, Chamber Music

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Roger Bobo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Roger Bobo Classical

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Gene Pokorny is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Gene Pokorny Classical

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John Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
2ea64fad26 added John Fletcher

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William Bell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
William Bell Classical

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Charles Daellenbach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

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Harvey Phillips is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
george-gray added Harvey Phillips Classical music, Jazz

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Alan Baer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Alan Baer Classical

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Tommy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
george-gray added Tommy Johnson

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James Akins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
James Akins Classical

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Carol Jantsch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Carol Jantsch Classical

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Mike Roylance is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Mike Roylance Classical

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James Gourlay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
James Gourlay Classical, Avant-guard, Rock

The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time

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Howard Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

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Rex Martin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Rex Martin Classical

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8 people agree with you!Daniel... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Dylan1 added 8 people agree with you!Daniel Perantoni Classical

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Patrick Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Pat McFarland added Patrick Sheridan

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Velvet Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Velvet Brown Classical, Jazz

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Warren Deck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Brian Johnston added Warren Deck

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John Van Houten is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
John Van Houten Classical

The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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Tommy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Tommy Johnson Blues, Delta blues

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Dave Bargeron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Dave Bargeron Big Band, Jazz, Rock

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Patrick Harrild is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Patrick Harrild Classical

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Walter Hilgers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Walter Hilgers Classical

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Kenneth Amis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Kenneth Amis Classical

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David Fedderly is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
David Fedderly Classical

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Bill Muter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Bill Muter Classical

Famous Banjo Players

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John D. Stevens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
John D. Stevens Classical

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Tony Clements is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Tony Clements Classical

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Aubrey Foard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Aubrey Foard Jazz, Classical

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Bob Stewart is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

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John Bodwin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
John Bodwin Jazz

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Ray Draper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Ray Draper Hard bop

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Heiko Triebener is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Heiko Triebener Classical

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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Kevin Lyk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Kevin Lyk

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Herbie Flowers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

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Scott Irvine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Scott Irvine Classical

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Gerard Hoffnung is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Gerard Hoffnung Classical

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George Boujee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
John Sands added George Boujee Jazz, Classical - Teacher of Robert Bobo. Made Tuba famous with recording of Tubby the Tuba

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Michel Godard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

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John Kirby is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
John Kirby Jazz

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Michel Massot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

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Red Callender is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Red Callender Jazz

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Kelly Thomas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Noah Schoenike added Kelly Thomas

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Tom Abbs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Tom Abbs Avant-garde jazz

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John White is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
John White Experimental

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Tom Heasley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Tom Heasley Classical, Jazz, Experimental