B flat tuba, c 1970
This ‘B flat’ tuba has seen good service by a succession of Wolverton Town Band members, but has now been temporarily ‘retired’ until a new player comes along to give it an airing. Could this be you?!
The main tube of a ‘B-flat’ tuba is approximately 18 feet long. It is the largest and lowest pitched brass instrument in the brass band.
Its role in the brass band is, for the main part, to maintain a good constant sound and rhythm foundation in which the rest of the band can build. However, there are quite a few solos that have been written for the tuba, such as Forty Fathoms and Bass in the Ballroom – fun pieces both to play and to listen to.
Maybe you would like to come along to the band and see if you can get this old tuba working again! Practices take place in the basement of the Community Centre every Monday and Thursday from 7.00pm – all novices and experienced players welcome!