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An Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz (part 6)

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Me: Since there is a lack of solo tuba music, where are your favorite places to look for alternative solo music?

Andrew: One of the best things that a teacher did for me when I was in middle school in 8th grade, he made me learn how to read down an octave. That opened [...]

An Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz (part 5)

Andrew Hitz and Susie Ahrens performing in Grass Valley, CA

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

Me: Share one of your most memorable teaching experiences.

Andrew: Any time that I have been working with a student no matter what age, when you’re working on a concept [...]

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 3)

My Interview with Tubist, Andrew Hitz from May 27, 2011 (continued). Me: What advice do you have for Music Teachers who will start young tuba players out? Andrew: If possible don’t hand a tuba to a kid who is like 2 foot 12. In general, a bigger kid will have more air capacity. Now [...]

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)

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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, [...]