Do you all remember the marching band member who was the least popular? That one sound, which appeared to contribute so little to the field’s overall musical environment?
But we don’t blame you for thinking that, we’re not referring to the drummers. The bassist is ALSO the incorrect response; please continue playing; this is a marching band, not a rock band. We’re referring to the potent “oompah” instrument known as the tuba, and International Tuba Day honors the rich variety and depth of sound that this lovely brass wind instrument can produce.
Hence, International Tuba Day honors your undervalued contribution to the arts, whether you know a tuba player or are one yourself.
When is International Tuba Day?
Every year on the first Friday in May, National Tuba Day honors all the musicians who, despite the weight and size of such a large instrument, carry tubas. The tuba is an extremely crucial musical instrument for the conductor of a concert or symphony band.
International Tuba Day History
World Tuba Day honors these incredible artists and all the challenges they encounter while pursuing their profession because these incredible performers are truly unappreciated. What challenges do you cite? Let’s start with the stereotype of the large man playing a large instrument while puffing on it with cheeks that resemble bellows.
That’s usually the initial image, and it frequently emphasizes how much lung capacity is required to play such a loud instrument. Also, they are viewed as having little to no personality, which is completely false! It takes a lot of personalities to play on such a plodding instrument and make it lively and engaging!
Luckily, we have a champion who will step up and work to change this perception. While playing in the Lower Merion High School band in 1979, Joel Day created this holiday.
He and his partner tuba player came to the conclusion that their instruments had not been given the honor and respect they deserved. He had no idea that his actions would spark a global tuba craze, resulting in the collection and performance of music that emphasized the instrument’s versatility and appeal.
National Tuba Day Activities
First things first, if you play the tuba, dust it up and show the world what it’s been missing. The tuba’s magnificent, resonant voice can give a wide variety of individuality to any performance in the hands of a talented musician.
It’s throaty, deep, and unavoidable. The flutes, saxophones, and violins may be muffled, but the tuba will cut through the noise and send shivers down your spine. Here is your chance to show the world what a tuba player is capable of on International Tuba Day.