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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, [...]

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.

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Reader Poll: Favorite Tuba Music

I love listening to good tuba music. Unfortunately, the tuba is less represented as a solo instrument than other wind instruments. I advise new tuba players to listen to as much tuba music as they possibly can. I would love to be able to provide a reference for tuba [...]

Goal Setting-The Range Journal

A blog post on goal setting by tubist, Andrew Hitz has inspired me to begin setting goals for my playing.

I picked up this Note Book at the CMEA conference with the intention of jotting down melodies that I would eventually turn into musical masterpieces. While I currently wait for inspiration, I had another [...]

Getting that Heavy Metal Sound

Recruiting Tuba Players

Many middle school and high school directors share a common problem at some point in their teaching. A lack of low brass, especially tuba players. Often, the solution is to find a young musician (or two or three) willing to switch to tuba in order to provide more low [...]