In 1979, high school tuba player Joel Day created International Tuba Day to get some respect for this often belittled (no pun intended) instrument and it’s players. Since then it’s been celebrated every year on the first Friday in May, especially at his alma mater, Millersville University in Pennsylvania.
I know I shouldn’t be enforcing the stereotype, since that is the point of this day, so here goes: I loved being band in school (and would be in band now if there was a community band where I live!), but the first tuba player I ever knew was a smallish girl, who had to sit on a small pile of books to play. Great, right?
Anyway, today is a great day to show a little love to the tuba players in your life, or, if you don’t know any, to listen to some tuba music. It goes far beyond “oompah” music – marching bands, classical, and jazz, just to name some of the most popular genres. I may have played a woodwind, but a good brass quintet is one of my favorite sounds ever!
“Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy.
For the word of the Lord is right and true;
he is faithful in all he does.”
While you’re at it, check out another May 3 holiday: World Press Freedom Day!