An examination of the requirements and preparation required for tubists desiring a career in the military, with emphasis on premier band auditions

Patrick Charles Rettger, University of Southern Mississippi


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.