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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208 49
Arnold Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical

2
141 46
Roger Bobo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical

3
175 65
Øystein Baadsvik is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical, Chamber Music

4
125 41
Gene Pokorny is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical

5
91 35
John Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
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72 24
William Bell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical

7
66 21
Harvey Phillips is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
george-gray added Classical music, Jazz

8
78 31
Charles Daellenbach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

9
52 14
Tommy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
george-gray added Tommy Johnson

10
74 30
Alan Baer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Alan Baer Classical

11
40 17
Mike Roylance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical

12
61 34
James Akins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
James Akins Classical

13
24 5
Warren Deck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Brian Johnston added Warren Deck

14
43 21
James Gourlay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical, Avant-guard, Rock

15
23 5
Patrick Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Pat McFarland added Patrick Sheridan

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70 45
Carol Jantsch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Carol Jantsch Classical

17
37 20
Howard Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

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19 5
8 people agree with you!Daniel... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Dylan1 added 8 people agree with you!Daniel Perantoni Classical

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24 12
John Van Houten is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical

20
28 16
Rex Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Rex Martin Classical

21
39 28
Velvet Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Velvet Brown Classical, Jazz

22
22 13
Dave Bargeron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Big Band, Jazz, Rock

23
27 18
Patrick Harrild is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Patrick Harrild Classical

24
28 19
Tommy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Blues, Delta blues

25
19 11
Walter Hilgers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Walter Hilgers Classical

26
18 14
David Fedderly is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
David Fedderly Classical

27
11 7
Bill Muter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Bill Muter Classical

28
11 8
John D. Stevens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
John D. Stevens Classical

29
19 17
Kenneth Amis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical

30
15 13
Aubrey Foard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Aubrey Foard Jazz, Classical

31
11 9
Ray Draper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Ray Draper Hard bop

32
9 7
Heiko Triebener is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Heiko Triebener Classical

33
4 2
Kevin Lyk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Kevin Lyk

34
10 9
Bob Stewart is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

35
6 5
George Boujee is listed (or ranked) 35 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

36
13 13
Tony Clements is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Tony Clements Classical

37
9 11
Scott Irvine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Scott Irvine Classical

38
8 10
Herbie Flowers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

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8 10
Gerard Hoffnung is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Gerard Hoffnung Classical

40
8 10
John Bodwin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
John Bodwin Jazz

41
4 6
Kelly Thomas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Noah Schoenike added Kelly Thomas

42
7 10
Michel Godard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

43
5 8
John Kirby is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
John Kirby Jazz

44
5 8
Red Callender is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Red Callender Jazz

45
10 14
Tom Abbs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Avant-garde jazz

46
5 9
Michel Massot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

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5 10
John White is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Experimental

48
4 10
Tom Heasley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Tom Heasley Classical, Jazz, Experimental