International Tuba Day 2017

Just like many other things, the musical instrument TUBA is also given a day to prove its importance and the significance of existence in the concerts. The heavy brass instrument with few keys and a bell opening is good in producing lowest pitched notes. The sound that is due to the vibration produces the OOMPAH. Invented and was patented by Wilhelm Friedrich Wiebrecht and Johann Moritz in Germany, the brass instrument is developed in 1835. The player of tuba is called tubiast or tubist or simply tuba player in.

Origin of the day

The International Tuba day is celebrated on the first Friday of the month May, every year. Joel Day, the tubist who was upset with the lack of recognition in the schooling, was the founder of the day. Joel was among the school band in Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia of Pennsylvania. He initiated the special day for tuba players in the year 1979 and established celebrations at Millersville University. He utilized every occasion and made a deep impact over the university that the celebrations continued even in his absence. The day got more recognition over the world when the celebration was mentioned in the best-selling book of Dr. Sy Bradon, A Day in the Life of America, with photographs. Since then the day got noticed even in many other countries and the tuba players of those countries opted the day started celebrating it.

 How to celebrate Tuba Day

The day is for the players or lovers of tuba. Most of the tuba players conduct concerts on the day, inviting the music lovers with Tuba invitation cards. Most of the concerts are conducted in the evenings. One can spend the Tuba day either in concerts or individually, playing music. Tuba instruments of different shapes and in different sizes are performed in these celebrations.

Importance of the day

The day is rather important to the tuba players as it provides ample opportunities to prove that tuba is also equally important in the concerts.  This is so because most of the people derecognize the instrument due to its low pitched notes and don’t realize its importance in the concerts, parades and in marching bands. In fact, the player with puffy cheeks add real flavor to the music with the heavy metal instrument. The real hassles to the tuba players are handling the weight of tuba and maintaining the power of the lungs. 

Now the International Tuba Day is celebrated in many countries around the world.  Pennsylvania, Canada, Japan, Australia, Italy, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Texas are few of the names to mention.


Many also feel that less music sense is required to play tuba and less chances of creating sensation with the music. Proving them wrong, many tuba players like John Williams, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Oysten Baadsvik etc composed music in which tuba plays major part.

The two books by Dr. Sy Brandon for tuba choir had complimented the celebrations of the day.Evening Prayer, Blow the Man Down, Sakura and Oh! Susanna, are few of the arrangements. These are available in copies which are found online.

Tuba Quotes

"I tell you, if you're in the front row of the parade and you stop walking, pretty soon you're back in the tuba section. And if you want to lead the parade you've got to keep moving."
- Phil McGraw

"The tuba is certainly the most intestinal of instruments, the very lower bowel of music."
- Peter De Vries

"I play piano and drums very poorly and French horn and tuba all equally as bad."
- Wynton Marsalis

"I like a lot of bass players. I like a lot of tuba players too."
- Rick Danko

"I play the baritone horn - which is like a mini tuba, and is the least sexy instrument you can choose, and I generally say I don't play one so I don't have to acknowledge it. I also play fife."
- Steve Carell

"I played the tuba in high school. I wanted to be a member of the marching band. I thought, what can I play that has the most effect? What can I play to get people to laugh?"
- Patti LuPone

International Tuba Day Dates

  • 2011 - 6th May
  • 2012 - 4th May
  • 2013 - 3rd May
  • 2014 - 2nd May
  • 2015 - 1st May
  • 2016 - 6th May
  • 2017 - 5th May
  • 2018 - 4th May
  • 2019 - 3rd May
  • 2020 - 1st May

International Days