above: Jesse Tucker, Tubist in Los Hermanos Carrillo con Chikilin y su Tuba
This story was sent to me today by Sam Quinones of the LA Times. I LOVE this story. Mexican Bandas have a rich tradition and use Tubas all the time. This is a result of Germans settling in Texas and Mexico and taking Tubas with them. No matter how the Tubas got there, the result is great. The Mexican Bandas music is fun and energetic.
This article shines a light on a musical area that not many classically trained Tuba players think about. Some of these Banda Tuba players make a good living in southern California. It is also nice to see the Tuba growing in popularity. If you ever have the opportunity to see a good Mexican Banda group, do it. I don't think you will regret it.
Please read this article from the Los Angeles Times. There is a nice video on the first page featuring Jesse Tucker (pictured above).
Thanks to Sam Quinones for sending me this article!