Sloan Creek Intermediate

Tuba/Euphonium

All Tuba & Euphonium Classes at Sloan Creek are taught by Mr. King

Euphonium

The euphonium (you-PHONE-knee-yum) is sometimes known as the baritone. It is a member of the brass family and looks like a small version of a tuba. Its sound is similar to that of a trombone, but it uses valves like a trumpet instead of a slide.

Physical Characteristics: Euphonium players should have moderately full lips, but not too full. A SLIGHT overbite is okay, but an under bite would hinder a good sound. The euphonium requires a medium-sized hand span to reach the valves and students should have an above average lung capacity.

Other Considerations: Lovejoy ISD provides euphoniums for students for a maintenance fee for an entire school year, but students are required to purchase their own mouthpieces.

School Rental Available – must purchase own mouthpiece.

Tuba

While many believe the tuba is the largest instrument in the band and would be hard to physically manage, the tubas we use for beginners are ¾ size and easy to handle.

Physical Characteristics: Tuba players need to have full lips and a large lung capacity. While the size of the student doesn’t matter too much, a long torso (upper body) helps a student reach the mouthpiece of the tuba while resting the bottom of the tuba on the edge of their chair or across the thighs.

Other Considerations: Sloan Creek provides tubas for students for a maintenance fee for an entire school year, but students are required to purchase their own mouthpieces.

School Rental Available – must purchase own mouthpiece.

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