Heavy metal time. Since 1979, which is the first Friday in May for the International Tuba Day (sometimes: International Day of the Tuba and world-Tuba-day). In 2021, this special day for the lowest of all common brass instruments falls on May 7th . This article in the calendar of curious holidays from around the world illuminates what this is all about . What is it about?
Who started International Tuba Day?
International Tuba Day goes back to the idea of the American Joel Day in 1979. Day was then tubist in a band at Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since he was one of only two tuba players in the school band and felt a lack of respect from his classmates, he decided to set up a day of action to recognize him as a respected musician. After graduating from high school, Day began studying at Millersville University, where he launched the 1982 International Tuba Day celebrations.
And with great and lasting success. Because International Tuba Day has been a permanent entry in Chase’s Calendar of Events, the international standard work on curious world days, for many years, but has also enjoyed worldwide popularity since its foundation. Tuba players in many countries celebrate the first Friday in May as International Tuba Day (see also the list of related links below).
When do tuba players celebrate international tuba day?
As already indicated in the introduction, International Tuba Day is an event with a flexible date that always falls on the first Friday in May. Why the initiator Joel Day chose this date does not seem to have been handed down. In the course of the research for the present article, I was unable to find out whether the rehearsals of his bands played a role here or whether he was only concerned about Friday as the last day of the work week.
Much more likely than the reason for the chosen date on the first Friday in May is the upcoming end of the semester at the US universities. Because in April / May in the academic year of the United States, the spring term is nearing its end and in view of the upcoming or already passed exams, such a musical occasion is certainly a good or welcome reason to celebrate (see also the List of related links below).
Those of you who would like to join in the celebration should make a note of the following International Tuba Day dates for the next ten years:
- 2020: Friday, May 8th
- 2021: Friday, May 7th
- 2022: Friday, May 6th
- 2023: Friday, May 5th
- 2024: Friday, May 3rd
- 2025: Friday, May 2nd
- 2026: Friday, May 8th
- 2027: Friday, May 7th
- 2028: Friday, May 5th
- 2029: Friday, May 4th
- 2030: Friday, May 3rd
For those who need a mental rest here can be the first Friday in May as parallel acclaimed Without Pants Day (No Pants Day) Mark, who has a similar background.
Goals and intention: What is the international tuba day about?
According to Joel Day, if you can believe the statements of the initiator, International Tuba Day is primarily about giving the tuba players of this world the degree of respect and recognition they deserve. After all, the tuba is often regarded more as imposing appendage, which holds virtually no supporting musical role and significance (see also the contribution to the day of the failed instruments (Uncommon Musical Instrument awereness Day) on July 31).
On closer inspection, such a conception is of course nonsense, because, without the deep bass notes, any music lacks a foundation. Marching bands or marching bands, in particular, are actually inconceivable without the tuba, but other genres also use the tuba (UNESCO International Jazz Day on April 30th).
Accordingly, World Tuba Day calls for all tuba players to be honored who struggle with the weight and size of this instrument from the bow-horn family. When you see a tuba player today, give him / her well-deserved appreciation. If you play yourself, you of course pick up the instrument yourself and blow the horn or the tuba.
At this point, many thanks again to my parents, who made the picture of the tuba available to me. With this in mind: A relaxed International Tuba Day to all of you. No matter where in the world you celebrate it.