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Mr. Tuba
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With warmth and humor, tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips tells the story of his amazing life and career from his Missouri childhood through his days as a performer with the King Brothers and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circuses, his training at the Juilliard School, a stint with the US Army Field Band, and his freelance days with the New York City Opera and Ballet. A founder of the New York Brass Quintet, Phillips served as director of the New England Conservatory of Music and became Professor of Music at Indiana University. The creator of an industry of TubaChristmases, Octubafests, and TubaSantas, he crusaded for recognition of the tuba as a serious musical instrument, commissioning more than 200 works. Enhanced by an extensive gallery of photographs, Mr. Tuba conveys Phillips's playful zest for life while documenting his important musical legacy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. Growing Up in Missouri
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. King Bros. Circus Band
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. 3. Traveling with the Greatest Show on Earth
  2. pp. 35-64
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  1. 4. Juilliard, Studying with William J. Bell
  2. pp. 65-85
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  1. 5. Freelancing 101
  2. pp. 86-105
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  1. 6. Carol
  2. pp. 106-117
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  1. 7. Chamber Music, New York Brass Quintet
  2. pp. 118-133
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  1. 8. A New York Professional
  2. pp. 134-165
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  1. 9. On Tour with the New York Brass Quintet
  2. pp. 166-188
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  1. Album 1
  2. pp. 189-207
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  1. 10. Family, Friends, and Summer Activities
  2. pp. 208-232
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  1. 11. New England Conservatory of Music
  2. pp. 233-264
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  1. 12. The Search for TubaRanch
  2. pp. 265-291
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  1. 13. Institute for Advanced Musical Studies
  2. pp. 292-316
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  1. 14. Bassed in Bloomington
  2. pp. 317-328
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  1. Album 2
  2. pp. 329-351
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  1. 15. Carnegie Hall Recitals
  2. pp. 352-379
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  1. 16. Indiana University Retirement
  2. pp. 380-395
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  1. 17. Renaissance of the Tuba: A Summary
  2. pp. 396-411
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  1. 18. On Being a Teacher
  2. pp. 412-431
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  1. 19. Performance Tips
  2. pp. 432-441
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  1. 20. Coda
  2. pp. 442-449
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  1. Image Plates
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  1. Friends and Colleagues
  2. pp. 451-458
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 459-469
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 471-479
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  1. About the Author
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