Mr. Tuba by Harvey Phillips

By Harvey Phillips

With heat and humor, tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips tells the tale of his striking lifestyles and profession from his Missouri early life via his days as a performer with the King Brothers and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circuses, his education on the Juilliard institution, a stint with the U.S. military box Band, and his freelance days with the hot York urban Opera and Ballet. A founding father of the hot York Brass Quintet, Phillips served as vice chairman of the recent England Conservatory of song and have become amazing Professor of song at Indiana college. The writer of an of TubaChristmases, Octubafests, and TubaSantas, he crusaded for reputation of the tuba as a significant musical software, commissioning greater than 2 hundred works. more desirable by way of an in depth gallery of photos, Mr. Tuba conveys Phillips's playful zest for all times whereas documenting his vital musical legacy.

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I sometimes ate a light breakfast and lunch but usually settled for a hearty brunch at one of the fabulous and famous N YC delicatessens. I loved exploring the city, discovering and uncovering old and new gathering places. Restaurants, parks, colleges, universities, museums, theaters, and concert halls were targets of curiosity. I learned about unique and ethnic neighborhoods. Marionville had none of this. After the matinee, around 5:00, I would return to the Forest Hotel and relax for a couple of hours.

I had heard so much about the great circus bandmaster Merle Evans and I was stunned by his offer. At a loss, I called Mom and Dad to tell them about the decision I had to make. I told them what Dr. Wilson had advised me to do. Almost immediately Mom wisely said, “Why don’t you call Homer Lee? ” I promptly called Mr. Lee and told him about the telegram. He got very excited and said, “What! I don’t believe it! Merle Evans! ” I read the telegram over the phone and Mr. Lee’s response was, “Oh, Harvey, you go with Merle Evans.

Since time was short, I was given a couple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a glass of milk to wolf down. We then hurried back to the sleeper so I could put on a clean white long-sleeve shirt, grab my tuba, and rush to the Big Top for the matinee, scheduled to start at 2 pm. As I stepped onto the bandstand, I barely had time to acknowledge Mr. Hinckley and the other windjammers (circus musicians): three cornets, four clarinets, one trombone, one baritone, one drum, one tuba (me), and one incredible calliope player.

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