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National Teacher Appreciation Day – May 8, 2012

History of National Teacher Day

The origins of National Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim [...]

From Football Field to Concert Hall

This image copyright © 2012 Susie Ahrens

“Be the tuba in your head” is the famous Jacobsism. Andrew Hitz takes this quote out to its logical conclusion: “Make the tuba in your head come out your bell and translate to the audience member in the front row as well as the back row”.

Beautiful [...]

My Ambitions for 2012

This image copyright © 2012 Susie Ahrens

Several of Twitter’s #MusEdChat teachers have posted blogs about their 2012 Resolutions/Goals. I have enjoyed reading them and they got me thinking about my own resolutions for the year. I began thinking of areas that I have been wanting to improve as a musician and as a [...]


My First TubaChristmas Book, Copyright 1977

It’s that time of year again. The Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations have been put away, and we’re looking forward to Christmas. Now is the time when many tuba players around the world get out their TubaChristmas music and scarves and start looking ahead to attending their local TubaChristmas.


Play Louder Without Blasting

My High School band director's signature on my yearbook at the end of my Junior year.

I was facing my Senior year as one of two tuba players in a band of 70+ musicians. (The other player had just joined the advanced band after learning to play tuba the previous year in beginning band. [...]

An Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz (part 4)

My Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz from May 27, 2011 (continued).

Me: What do you like best about being a tuba player specifically?

Andrew: I definitely like being the foundation. I like being the bass line in a Dixie band. In a band, the tubas control the intonation, for [...]

An Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz (part 2)

An Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz. (Con’t)

Me: What kind of advice were you given when you first started playing the tuba?

Andrew: When I first started playing the tuba there was a whole lot of help along the lines of air and of using lots of air which is the biggest headline to [...]

An Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz (part 1)


An Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz.

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Andrew Hitz. Mr. Hitz is the tuba player for the Boston Brass and teaches at George Mason University and Gettysburg College. As an Educational Ambassador for Jupiter Band Instruments, Andrew has conducted master classes in such places as Thailand, China, Germany, [...]

My Teaching Makes Kids Yawn

Recently, I had the privilege of working with two young tuba players at a friend’s high school. I was anxious to start working with them, but the band had a performance coming up and needed to do a run-through of their music. I had about 10 minutes to work with them before [...]

Tuba Range Chart

Please Note: This chart shows the approximate range of the tuba. All players are different and actual results may vary. Do not use while sleeping. Do use while operating heavy, metal instruments. For indoor or outdoor use only. This product was not tested on animals… well, strike that.