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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216 52
Arnold Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical

2
147 49
Roger Bobo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical

3
180 69
Øystein Baadsvik is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical, Chamber Music

4
128 44
Gene Pokorny is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical

5
93 36
John Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
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74 25
William Bell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical

7
68 23
Harvey Phillips is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
george-gray added Classical music, Jazz

8
81 32
Charles Daellenbach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

9
54 15
Tommy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
george-gray added Tommy Johnson

10
76 31
Alan Baer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Alan Baer Classical

11
28 6
Warren Deck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Brian Johnston added Warren Deck

12
42 18
Mike Roylance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical

13
47 23
James Gourlay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical, Avant-guard, Rock

14
61 37
James Akins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
James Akins Classical

15
72 47
Carol Jantsch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Carol Jantsch Classical

16
24 8
Patrick Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Pat McFarland added Patrick Sheridan

17
22 8
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

18
38 23
Howard Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

19
26 14
John Van Houten is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical

20
29 17
Rex Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Rex Martin Classical

21
40 31
Velvet Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Velvet Brown Classical, Jazz

22
23 15
Dave Bargeron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Big Band, Jazz, Rock

23
29 21
Tommy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Blues, Delta blues

24
28 21
Patrick Harrild is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Patrick Harrild Classical

25
19 14
Walter Hilgers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Walter Hilgers Classical

26
21 17
Kenneth Amis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical

27
20 16
David Fedderly is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
David Fedderly Classical

28
13 9
John D. Stevens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
John D. Stevens Classical

29
12 9
Bill Muter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Bill Muter Classical

30
16 14
Aubrey Foard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Aubrey Foard Jazz, Classical

31
12 10
Ray Draper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Ray Draper Hard bop

32
10 8
Heiko Triebener is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Heiko Triebener Classical

33
4 3
Kevin Lyk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Kevin Lyk

34
14 14
Tony Clements is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Tony Clements Classical

35
1 0
Floyd Cooley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Joshua Irwin added Floyd Cooley

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11 11
Bob Stewart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

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0 0
Alexander von Puttkamer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Joshua Irwin added Alexander von Puttkamer

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Jeff Anderson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Joshua Irwin added Jeff Anderson

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Yasuhito Sugiyama is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Joshua Irwin added Yasuhito Sugiyama

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Norman Pearson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Joshua Irwin added Norman Pearson

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Stephen Dumaine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Joshua Irwin added Stephen Dumaine

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Sergio Carolino is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Joshua Irwin added Sergio Carolino

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Perry Hoogendijk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Joshua Irwin added Perry Hoogendijk

44
0 0
Chester Schmitz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Joshua Irwin added Chester Schmitz

45
6 7
George Boujee is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
9 11
John Bodwin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
John Bodwin Jazz

47
9 12
Herbie Flowers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

48
8 11
Gerard Hoffnung is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Gerard Hoffnung Classical

49
6 9
John Kirby is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
John Kirby Jazz

50
4 7
Kelly Thomas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Noah Schoenike added Kelly Thomas