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In-depth interviews with the best tuba players and teachers in the world on a variety of subjects. All in one book.


What are band directors saying about A Band Director's Guide to Everything Tuba: A Collection of Interviews with the Experts?

"Andrew Hitz’s Band Director’s Guide to Everything Tuba is a must read for band directors of all experience levels working with every age of student.  Even the most experienced educators will find the text pedagogically groundbreaking…challenging some of our most basic assumptions and forcing us to approach our teaching in ways different than the way we were taught. This valuable resource demystifies the tuba in a way that no instrumental methods course could hope to approach and I look forward to reading future volumes in this outstanding series."

—Chip de Stefano, Director of Bands at McCracken Middle School and Member of the NBA Board of Directors

The book features nine in-depth interviews with some of the world's leading tuba players and teachers including:

  • Pat Sheridan, author of The Breathing Gym and former member of The President's Own Marine Band, on breathing, anatomy, marketing and pedagogy
  • Sam Pilafian, tuba player for Boston Brass who has also appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and Pink Floyd, on improvising, the importance of chamber music, arranging and mouthpieces
  • The legendary Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser on turning your tuba players into leaders while keeping them engaged and challenged
  • Dr. David Porter, retired US Air Force Band tuba player, on his 30 years as a private teacher and starting students on the tuba
  • Greg Biba, middle school band director for over 30 years, on preventative maintenance and all things tuba repair
  • Andy Bove, world-renowned recording engineer and freelance New York City tuba player, on recording equipment and techniques for any budget
  • Tom Holtz, retired tuba player for The President’s Own Marine Band, on playing and teaching the sousaphone
  • Steve Dillon, owner of Dillon Music, on his decades of selling tubas and accessories to band programs
  • Dr. Kelly Thomas, the late tuba/euphonium professor at the University of Tennessee, on tubas, mouthpieces and literature as well as switching kids to the tuba from other instruments