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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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Tommy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
george-gray added Tommy Johnson

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Alan Baer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Alan Baer Classical

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Harvey Phillips is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
george-gray added Harvey Phillips Classical music, Jazz

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Charles Daellenbach is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

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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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Howard Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

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James Gourlay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
James Gourlay Classical, Avant-guard, Rock

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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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Tommy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Tommy Johnson Blues, Delta blues

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Velvet Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Velvet Brown Classical, Jazz

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Warren Deck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Brian Johnston added Warren Deck

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Dave Bargeron is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Dave Bargeron Big Band, Jazz, Rock

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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

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Patrick Harrild is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Patrick Harrild Classical

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Patrick Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Pat McFarland added Patrick Sheridan

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Kenneth Amis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Kenneth Amis 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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David Fedderly is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
David Fedderly Classical

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Aubrey Foard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Aubrey Foard Jazz, Classical

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

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

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Kevin Lyk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Guest_e4bb075b-fb8a-443d-a050-e29909da3e2c added Kevin Lyk

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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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Herbie Flowers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

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Scott Irvine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Scott Irvine Classical

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John Bodwin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
John Bodwin Jazz

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Gerard Hoffnung is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Gerard Hoffnung Classical

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Heiko Triebener is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Heiko Triebener Classical

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George Boujee is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Ray Draper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Ray Draper Hard bop

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John Kirby is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
John Kirby Jazz

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

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Tom Abbs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Tom Abbs Avant-garde jazz

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

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John White is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
John White Experimental

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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 Heasley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Tom Heasley Classical, Jazz, Experimental

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Red Callender is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Red Callender Jazz