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Ralph Hepola’s Tuba Carves Out A Place For The Much-Maligned Horn In Modern Jazz

Ralph Hepola’s Tuba Carves Out A Place For The Much-Maligned Horn In Modern Jazz

Ralph Hepola’s Tuba carves out a place for the much-maligned horn in modern jazz. The virtuoso tuba player leads his quartet through a set of his freewheeling originals, playing with remarkable fluency as the lead instrument. While the tuba has often been stereotyped as a limited instrument that keeps time in marching bands, Dixieland and polka ...

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Veteran tuba master Ralph Hepola creates a dynamic, supremely soulful new lead voice for the idiom on his eclectic debut album 'Tuba'

Veteran tuba master Ralph Hepola creates a dynamic, supremely soulful new lead voice for the idiom on his eclectic debut album 'Tuba'

Invented in both its bass and tenor forms in the 1830s by instrument builders Wilhelm Friedrich Wieprecht, Johann Gottfried Moritz and Johann’s son Carl Wilhelm Moritz, the tuba played a prominent role over the next century in the works of Strauss, Stravinsky, Wagner, Prokofiev, Brahms, Gershwin and others. Having played for several years with the Basel ...

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Ralph Hepola Makes A Strong Case For The Tuba As A Lead Instrument In Jazz

Ralph Hepola Makes A Strong Case For The Tuba As A Lead Instrument In Jazz

The tuba, like the banjo and the accordion, has sometimes had an image problem during the past century. While it has had an important role in classical music and early jny: New Orleans jazz, the tuba has often been associated with Dixieland, amateur bands, and comedy. There have been exceptions such as its use in the ...

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John Propkop

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Bill Troiano

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Bill Troiano received his Bachelor of Music Education (BM) degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1973 and a Master of Tuba Performance and Brass Literature (MM) degree from The Eastman School of Music in 1974. Mr. Troiano retired from the Connetquot School District where he taught middle school/junior high instrumental music from 1980-2007, including concert band, jazz ensemble and lessons. As a guest conductor, Mr. Troiano has conducted various regional honors bands on Long Island and he was a guest conductor of the Huntington Community Band. He has also been an adjunct instructor of tuba and euphonium at C.W

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Dan Nosheny

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Dave Ihlenfeld

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Dave Ihlenfeld grew up in St. Louis, where at age 3 he started picking out bass lines on the family piano while listening to Motown tunes on the radio. Lessons followed, to be abandoned in favor of viola, euphonium, and finally the tuba, but a piano opening in his high school jazz band provided the musical outlet he was seeking. Fame and fortune did not follow, so he attended DePauw and Indiana Universities, and then worked out of Indianapolis for too many years as a professional musician. Since 1996 he has resided in Arizona, where he is in demand as a performer on jazz piano and tuba

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Charles Stewart

Currently leading The Crackerjack Jazz Band in the Valley of the Sun, Chuck worked with cornetist Bobby Hackett for two years on Cape Cod and has appeared with George Masso, Pee Wee Irwin, Johnny Mince, and Billy Butterfield. He also appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show with the band from the banjo/sing-a-long nightclub chains The Red Garter and Your Father's Mustache. He appeared at Carnegie Hall in October of 2011 with Your Fathers Mustache Reunion Band. He is a veteran of the East Bay City Jazz Band, the Steamboat Stompers and the Happy Feet Dance Orchestra, The Monte Carlo Jazz Ensemble and a charter member of Tex Wyndham's Rent Party Revellers

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Richard Fox

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