Band Director's Guide
to Everything Tuba
A Collection of Interviews with the Experts
by Andrew Hitz
What better way to improve your teaching than through interviews with the world’s foremost players and teachers on a variety of topics specifically tailored towards your needs as a band director?
Here is what Chip de Stefano, band director at McCracken Middle School in Skokie, IL and member of the Board of Directors of the National Band Association, had to say about the tuba volume from the Band Director's Guide Series:
"Andrew Hitz’s Band Director’s Guide to Everything Tuba is a must read for band directors of all experience levels working with every age of student. Even the most experienced educators will find the text pedagogically groundbreaking…challenging some of our most basic assumptions and forcing us to approach our teaching in ways different than the way we were taught. This valuable resource demystifies the tuba in a way that no instrumental methods course could hope to approach and I look forward to reading future volumes in this outstanding series."
Each expert talks about their field of expertise geared specifically to help band directors improve their tuba sections and their band programs as a whole. Interviews included in this book:
Pat Sheridan on breathing, anatomy, marketing, and pedagogy
Sam Pilafian on improvising, the importance of chamber music, arranging and mouthpieces
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser on turning your tuba players into leaders while keeping them engaged and challenged
Dave Porter, retired US Air Force Band, on his 30 years as a private teacher and starting students on the tuba
Greg Biba, middle school band director for 30 years, on preventative maintenance and all things tuba repair
Andy Bove, freelance New York City tubist and recording engineer, on recording equipment and techniques
Tom Holtz, retired President’s Own Marine Band, on playing and teaching the sousaphone
Steve Dillon, owner of Dillon Music, on his decades of selling tubas and accessories to band programs
Kelly Thomas, the late tuba/euphonium professor at the University of Tennessee, on tubas, mouthpieces, and literature as well as switching kids to the tuba from other instruments
Andrew Hitz is an internationally renowned soloist, clinician and speaker having appeared in over 40 states and 30 countries including Japan, Brazil, Russia and Singapore. In 2014 . Andrew has also appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound and as a soloist with the Marine Band of Mexico.
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