Famous Tubists in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1892-05-19 George "Pops" Foster, American jazz upright bass player, tuba player, and trumpeter, born in Macoll, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • 1897-02-22 Bob Ysaguirre, American jazz double bass and tuba player (Don Redman Orchestra), born in Belize, British Honduras (now Belize City, Belize) (d. 1982)
  • 1900-02-09 Walter Page, American jazz double bassist, saxophonist, tuba player, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie Orchestra), born in Gallatin, Missouri (d. 1957)
  • 1903-01-18 (Wilford) "Min" Leibrook, American jazz tuba player and bassist (Paul Whiteman Orchestra), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 1943)
  • 1908-12-31 John Kirby [Kirk], American jazz double-bassist and tuba player (Benny Goodman; "Undecided"), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1952)
  • 1916-03-06 George "Red" Callender, American jazz and session string bass and tuba player, born in Haynesville, Virginia (d. 1982)
  • 1925-03-22 Gerard Hoffnung, German-British artist, humorist and tuba player (Hoffnung Music Festival), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • 1929-12-02 Harvey Phillips, American tubist (NYC Ballet Orchestra), born in Aurora, Missouri (d. 2010)
  • 1932-01-25 Constance Weldon, American symphonic tuba player (Boston Pops; Concertgebouw) and educator, born in Winter Haven, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1935-01-07 Tommy Johnson, American orchestral tubist (Jaws theme), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2006)
  • 1941-08-07 Howard Johnson, American jazz baritone saxophonist and tuba player (SNL band), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1942-09-06 Dave Bargeron, American jazz-rock trombonist and tuba player (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952-11-23 Bill Troiano, American tuba player and teacher (Long Island Tuba Quartet), born in Plainview, New York
  • 1965-11-10 Igor Krivokapič, Slovenian composer, tuba player, and instrument inventor, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Deaths in Music

  • 1943-06-08 (Wilford) "Min" Leibrook, American jazz tuba player and bassist (Paul Whiteman Orchestra), dies of meningitis at 40
  • 1952-06-14 John Kirby [Kirk], American jazz double-bassist and tuba player (Benny Goodman; "Undecided"), dies at 43
  • 1957-12-20 Walter Page, American jazz double bassist, baritone saxophonist, tuba player, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie Orchestra), dies at 57
  • 1959-09-28 Gerard Hoffnung, German-British artist, humorist and tuba player (Hoffnung Music Festival), dies at 34
  • 1969-10-29 George "Pops" Foster, American jazz upright bass player, tuba player, and trumpeter, dies at 77
  • 1982-03-27 Bob Ysaguirre, American jazz double bass and tuba player (Don Redman Orchestra), dies at 85
  • 1992-03-08 George "Red" Callender, American jazz and session string bass and tuba player, dies of thyroid cancer at 76
  • 1998-10-07 Arnold Jacobs, American tuba player a.k.a. Song and Wind (b. 1915)
  • 2006-10-16 Tommy Johnson, American tubist (b. 1935)
  • 2006-11-27 Don Butterfield, American tuba player (b. 1923)
  • 2010-10-20 Harvey Phillips, American tubist (NYC Ballet Orchestra), dies at 80
  • 2020-08-07 Constance Weldon, American symphonic tuba player (Boston Pops; Concertgebouw) and educator, dies at 88

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