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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219 52
Arnold Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical

2
148 49
Roger Bobo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical

3
182 69
Øystein Baadsvik is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Classical, Chamber Music

4
129 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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6
75 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
77 31
Alan Baer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Alan Baer Classical

11
29 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
73 47
Carol Jantsch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Carol Jantsch Classical

16
25 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
30 17
Rex Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
Rex Martin Classical

20
26 14
John Van Houten is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time
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