The Franklin band will have 8 tuba players next year, the highest number of this large brass instrument that anyone can remember, says band director Aaron Staluppi, a tuba player himself. Staluppi who also teaches at McKinley where there will be 2 tubas, says it takes a certain tenacity to play this youngest of all modern instruments. "The tuba adds a foundation to the sound of a group -- it's the bass," he says. "Imagine listening to your car stereo, going to a concert, or listening to any music with the bass (low sounds) turned all the way down. With the absence of an instrument like the tuba, there is a lack of depth to the sound." Expect plenty of depth in next year's concerts at Franklin!
Source: Westfield Public Schools