tuba

A Brief History

The tuba is a mysterious instrument. A member of the euphonium family, it appears in orchestras and symphonic bands in its upright form.

 

However, in bands, the portable tuba, or sousaphone is favored.

 

 

 

The origins of the instrument remain lost in the mist of time, however, references to tubas and the mysterious rites practised by their owners survive. In Greece, the famed Tubic Oracle was manned by prophets who would play long phrases with a single breath, continuing to play until they passed out. While unconsious, their dreams would reveal the future of the postulant.

 

In pagan Scandinavia, devotees of the tuba would dance widdershins around a lamp of valve oil to invoke Oompa, Nordic Goddess of Brass Bands.