International Tuba Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday in May. Tuba Day 2014 is the 35th annual celebration of the event. Locally, on Friday, Southwestern Illinois College Music Chairman and music teacher Ed Jacobs plus one of his students, sophomore Christopher Smith of Granite City, played their tubas for senior citizen residents at The Atrium in Belleville. International Tuba Day was founded by Joel Day in 1979 while attending Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Being one of only two tuba players in the band, and finding a lack of respect from his fellow classmates, he decided to set a day aside for the recognition of tuba players as reputable musicians. Since then, International Tuba Day has been celebrated around the world and throughout the United States. Here Jacobs plays samples of songs, as he talks about the history of the tuba and how it produces its unique sound.
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