Date of Award

Fall 12-2013

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

Committee Chair

Dr. Richard Perry

Committee Chair Department

Music

Committee Member 2

Dr. Heidi Lucas

Committee Member 2 Department

Music

Committee Member 3

Dr. Ben McIlwain

Committee Member 3 Department

Music

Committee Member 4

Dr. Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 4 Department

Music

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to explore the differences between the various military bands in the United States with respect to tuba players. Fourteen military tuba players were interviewed. Based on their responses, each branch’s similarities and differences are presented. The research then focuses specifically on the audition process for premier band tuba players. These positions are highly coveted; yet they are not ideal for everyone. A survey was sent to all of the current and a number of prior service premier band tuba players asking them to list important band excerpts for tubists to know for military band auditions. Ten excerpts from that lists are then presented along with suggestions for their proper preparation and performance.

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