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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1
243 58
Arnold Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical
2
206 77
Øystein Baadsvik is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical, Chamber Music
3
165 57
Roger Bobo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical
4
142 52
Gene Pokorny is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical
5
104 44
James Akins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
James Akins Classical
6
100 45
John Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
2ea64fad26 added
7
90 39
Charles Daellenbach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
8
74 30
Harvey Phillips is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
george-gray added Classical music, Jazz
9
79 35
William Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical
10
59 23
Tommy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
george-gray added Tommy Johnson
11
84 42
Alan Baer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Alan Baer Classical
12
35 11
Warren Deck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Brian Johnston added Warren Deck
13
53 29
James Gourlay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical, Avant-guard, Rock
14
31 12
Patrick Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Pat McFarland added Patrick Sheridan
15
46 25
Mike Roylance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical
16
28 12
Daniel Perantoni is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Dylan1 added Daniel Perantoni Classical
17
41 26
Howard Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
18
75 57
Carol Jantsch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Carol Jantsch Classical
19
31 22
Rex Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Rex Martin Classical
20
44 35
Velvet Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Velvet Brown Classical, Jazz
21
32 24
Tommy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Blues, Delta blues
22
26 20
John Van Houten is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical
23
29 24
Patrick Harrild is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Patrick Harrild Classical
24
23 19
Dave Bargeron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Big Band, Jazz, Rock
25
22 18
David Fedderly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
David Fedderly Classical