Underdogs come in all shapes and sizes. We love rooting for them on the field and on screen, but what about in the orchestra pit? The tuba, a big, goofy-looking horn, has long been upstaged by more glamorous musical instruments, like the flute or the violin.
The late master tuba player and advocate Harvey Phillips started the tradition of tubafests across the nation to build support for the sometimes-maligned horn.
In Boise State's annual OcTUBAfest, faculty and students partner with young tuba and euphonium players in the Treasure Valley to create big noise for an instrument often overlooked. The concert, which honors Phillips' work, features guest tuba player and former Phillips student Bradley Marshall, and includes arrangements of pieces by Camille Saint Saens, J.S. Bach, John Lennon and John Williams.