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I am looking for a tuba solo with brass band to perform at the next United States Army Band Tuba Euph conference. Any suggestions are welcome - since I spent 7 years playing excerpts in a practice room my skope is slighlty limited . .
Hi Mr. Charles G,
I recently played and would recommend, "The trouble with the Tuba is". It's a crowd pleaser and is not at all hard to play.
You can buy a recording of it on itunes with the Williams-Fairey band and see if it is something that suits you.
If you are interested I can give you more info.
Tim Sullivan _ L'elite de Genéve (Switzerland)
Here's a few British ideas:
Concerto - Gregson, Ellerby, Horovitz
Capriccio - Newton
Impromptu for Tuba - By Can't Remember - Played by Ken Ferguson on Dyke's Revelations disc
Carnival Cocktail - Arr. Sykes
Czardas - Monti, Arr. Sykes
Bass in the Ballroom - Newsome
Sun has got his hat on - Arr. Sparke(?)
I'll find out about the Impromptu when I'm not on my phone...
I believe the Vaughan Williams Concerto is now available with brass band accompanyment.
A good fun solo I have done in the past is Teddy Bear's Picnic arranged by Roberts as solo for Eb bass.
I think Capriccio by Rodney Newton is my favourite brass band tuba solo!
Concertino - Philip Sparke - it's a proper belter! multiphonics cadenza section about 14 mins long.
Fnugg Blue - Oystein Baadsvik ( look at Oystein's web page for more information) or check youtube for the first performance with the stavanger brass band
Tor Eiriks Song - Arr Ray Farr - on the Eirik the Viking CD
Capriccio - Rodney Newton
Cyrano - Philip Wilby - written for Joe Cook ( Solo Tuba Black Dyke Band ) 2 section concerto - very fine piece of music
Peter Meechan "Concerto" - Written on the request of Les Neish - First Performed with the Beaumaris band in Norway in 2005
If anyone can get hold of "Matto Grosso" By James Gourley - fantastic piece of music , monster bass parts , massive solo passage for Eb tuba..
Badinage was written by Kevin Norbury for Patrick Sheridan who recorded it a CD called Blazing Brass. Definately worth investigating, I'd say.
Theres also one called "Theres a Tavern in the Town." That piece was kind of hilarious. Also don't forget the Gregson
Jacob Samuel McCabe
LSU Undergraduate Tuba Performance Major
Hoch from Homage to the Noble Grape
The Ellerby concerto is NOTHING like the euphonium one in style. The tuba concerto is very out there, and hard as snot, for band and soloist. It would be great to hear this at TUSAB.
BTW, is the Darrol Barry readily available? I didn't know it was with brass band.
I have a piece, Mr C Takes a Stroll which might be worth a look.
Preview solo part (Eb, Bb or Bass clef) and sound clip are on my website http://www.colinbugby.co.uk" target="_blank .
I charge for the band parts though
The piano version is also on sibeliusmusic.com
There is also a short review in Guide to the tuba repertoire: the new tuba source book By R. Winston Morris, Daniel Perantoni on p155
TROMBONES: Rath R2, Conn 6H, 8H, B&S alto, BW bass
VALVED BRASS: Olds flugabone, Bb tuba.
SAXES: BW M2E tenor, G4M baritone,
OTHERS: Akai EWI4000s, Leblanc 'paperclip' Eb contra clarinet, various keyboards.
The brass band arrangement of Mantia's "All Those Endearing Young Charms" works well if your ensemble can play piano. Another one that works well on tuba is "Beautiful Colorado" by deLuca but I do not know if the brass band accompanyment I've heard is published.
There is a fun concert band arrangement of the Canadian Brass version of "That's a Plenty" - for a quintet with band, but it is mostly a tuba solo. I had a great time with it a couple of years ago.
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