Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tubas


Good morning to you all! I hope you had a nice memorial day, and that your first day back at work is not too bad. Today we feature a picture from the early 1900's showing a police tuba band. I wonder how someone decides that they want to be a tuba player? It is not exactly something you can sit around the campfire with and play your favorite old songs for your friends.

15 comments:

  1. When I was a teenager, in the early 50's, my dad turned the radio on first thing in the morning. The station we listened to was KFJZ of of Fort Worth. They would mix a Sousa march in with the pop music. Loved it.

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  2. Hereyou can see now a 130 years old band. I am nowadays playing in it. (I'm not in the picture :).

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  3. Unless you are at TUBA band camp.
    R

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  4. I think you really need to blow hard.

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  5. Small correction, the instrument on the far right is a Sousaphone, not a tuba.

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  6. There's a cartoon by Virgil Partch ("VIP") of a guy at a party saying, "I just happen to have it with me"--and instead of a harmonica there's a tuba sticking out of his back pocket. Haven't seen it in years, but your caption made me think of it. Do you know VIP? One look at his cartoons and the style will be immediately recognizable. Here's the Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgil_Partch

    By the way, I bookmarked your site a couple of years ago, looking for images for my own blog, and I just wanted to say how much I appreciate this site. This is what the interwebs should be: the world's attic, where we don't have to throw anything away--in fact, we preserve it and care for it and show it to everybody. Thanks for your efforts in keeping those Old Photos coming.

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  7. I so agree with Paul Marasa!

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  8. Cool photo, thanks.

    The variety of tubas (and Sousaphone?) is interesting, all are different sizes and shapes, even the placements and numbers of valves.

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  9. One of my sons played a tuba - he was so small at first, it had to be propped up in a trash so he could play it. Ended up playing for the Pride of the Southland band (the REAL UT).

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  10. One of my sons played a tuba - he was so small at first, it had to be propped up in a trash can so he could play it. Ended up playing for the Pride of the Southland band (the REAL UT).

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  11. One of the reasons people play tuba is that they know there's not as much competition as there would be with trumpets or flutes. There is also the satisfaction that comes with knowing that you're the base (not bass) that the rest of the music is built on.

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  12. " It is not exactly something you can sit around the campfire with and play your favorite old songs for your friends."
    That's when you find out who your real friends are. ;o)

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  13. Howard Hovey said, "The secret to happiness? I keep a spare tuba in the trunk of my car, just in case."
    The tuba is "the most beautiful and nearly perfect instrument in the world", as every self-respecting musician must know. (Can you tell that both my son and I are avid tuba players?)
    By the way, check out the great of the variety of horns out there - a helicon, a Bb tuba, an Eb tuba, another Bb tuba and a sousaphone.
    Great photo! (Do I sense a potential theme here?)

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  14. Hmmm hope everything is OK PJM

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  15. Perhaps PJM is out tractor shopping.

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