Taming the Tuba




FINGERINGS            PRACTICE            RESOURCES            MAINTENANCE            ABOUT PAGE

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for This Page

    One of the biggest challenges I have faced as a band director is getting students started well on tuba.  In my school district, we have not historically started students on tuba; and therefore, we often need to find students that are willing to make a switch in their second or third year of band.  Often, beginning trumpet sections over-balance the rest of the ensemble, creating a large pool from which to find a few potential tuba players.  With that in mind, I thought it would be helpful to create a resource that students could use on their own to make a quick and effective transfer to tuba.

This website was created by

Chris Paulson in partial fulfillment of of his Masters Degree

in Wind Conducting from Sam Houston State University.


                                               Chris Paulson is the Assistant Band Director at

Penn High School, and has been teaching in Penn-Harris-Madison Schools

since 2006.   Chris graduated in 2006 from Ball State University with a

Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and a strong foundation in clarinet

performance.  He has held memberships in Indiana Music Educators

Association, Indiana Bandmasters Association, Music Educators National

Conference, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

    Chris began his teaching career at Grissom Middle School, a position he

held for five years.  As the band director at Grissom Middle School, his

teaching assignments included three grade-level bands (6th, 7th, and 8th), a

7th grade general music class, two jazz ensembles, and pep band.  Under his direction, the Grissom bands received consistent Gold ratings at the ISSMA Organizational Contest.  Grissom's 6th grade band in 2010, and the 7th and 8th grade bands in 2011 received Gold ratings “With Distinction” at the ISSMA Organizational Contest.  Students at Grissom were strong participants in ISSMA’s Solo and Ensemble Contest and in the Indiana Bandmasters Association’s All-Region Honor Band.

    At Penn High School, Chris holds responsibilities with five concert bands:  assisting with Symphonic Winds, conducting the Symphonic Band and Concert Band, and assisting with the Intermediate and Advanced Freshmen Bands.   He is also an assistant director of the Penn Marching Kingsmen, directs the Pep Band, and assists with the After School Jazz Orchestra.

    Currently, Chris resides in Mishawaka, Indiana with his wife of 5 years, Sarah, who is a Wedding Specialist at MichaelAngelo's, a local floral and décor company.  They have one son, Brandon, who was born in April of 2012.