Tuba Bach




Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival... Priceless performances!

Claude Bolling's Toot Suite - and more! Starring Edward Mallett and the Alvin Waddles Trio
Available September 30

Listen to a sample track from the CD: "Spirituelle".

Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival
2017 Schedule

All concerts are held Saturdays at 7:00pm and Sundays at 4:00pm in the Big Rapids High School Auditorium.

There will also be a free, Lunch Bachs Family Concert, an educational performance geared toward young children and families which will take place at 12:00 noon each Saturday at Artworks in Downtown Big Rapids.

September 9 - 7:00pm &
September 10 - 4:00pm
Going for Baroque

Violins, violas, celli, bass and harpsichord, featuring members of the Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Rapids Youth Symphony.

September 16 - 7:00pm &
September 17 - 4:00pm
Bass Extremes

Five-time Grammy winner Victor Wooten and Berklee College of Music’s bass chair Steve Bailey, with Derico Watson, drums. Extremely Amazing!

September 17 - 12:00-1:30pm
Bass Extremes Workshop with Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten

Tuba Bach and Galloup Guitars present the Bass Extremes workshop. Would you like your bass lines to groove? Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey, Berklee's Bass Department Chair, have created a fusion of
cutting-edge educational concepts from Berklee and the Victor Wooten Center for Music. Take away valuable skills and knowledge while exploring a range of bass styles.

Sunday, September 17, 2017
12:00 - 1:30pm
Galloup Guitars
10840 Northland Drive, Big Rapids, MI 49307

Workshop Fee: $25
To Register: Call (231)796-5611 8-5pm Mon.- Fri. or email: jean@galloupguitars.com or register online.

September 23 - 7:00pm &
September 24 - 4:00pm
The Tuba Bach Quartet

Okay, we know they’re not string instruments, but there will be a variety of transcriptions and music otherwise related to strings!

September 30 - 7:00pm &
October 1 - 4:00pm
Going Bolling

Tuba Bach welcomes back three performers who are no strangers to the Tuba Bach Festival stage. Alvin Waddles, Marion Hayden, and David Taylor have all taken part in several previous Tuba Bach concerts and return once again to join with Ed Mallett in the form of The Alvin Waddles Trio performing the jazz-classical hybrid music of Claude Bolling.

October 7 - 7:00pm &
October 8 - 4:00pm
Havana Good Time

Cuban musicians — and brothers — Ilmar Gavilan, violin and Aldo- Lopez Gavilan, piano, bring a fiery blend of jazz, classical, and Afro-Cuban music traditions.

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Crane Group.

October 14 - 7:00pm &
October 15 - 4:00pm
Six String Wizardry

Guitar virtuosi Fareed Haque and Goran Ivanovic blend their ethnic heritage, classical training and jazz back grounds in a mix of blazing virtuosity and sheer beauty.

October 15 - 12:00-1:30pm
Guitar Masterclass with Fareed Haque

Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, Fareed’s unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation.

Sunday, October 15, 2017
12:00 - 1:30pm
Galloup Guitars
10840 Northland Drive, Big Rapids, MI 49307

Workshop Fee: $25
To Register: Call (231)796-5611 8-5pm Mon.- Fri. or email: jean@galloupguitars.com or register online.


Coming in December 2017

Tuba Bach Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 17 • 4:00 P.M.
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Big Rapids
No admission charge

Sacred and secular holiday music presented with grace and elegance by Sylvia Norris, harp

Tuba Bach Marketplace

Longest Marathon Playing the Tuba

Record Attempt ACHIEVED!

Ed Mallett has tentatively set a new Guinness World Record for LONGEST MARATHON CONCERT PLAYING the TUBA, Aug. 15, 2015

The attempt documentation will be sent to Guinness World Records for verification. See photos and video on the Tuba Bach Facebook Page!

Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival

Ed Mallett as TubaMan in the 2009 Big Rapids 4th of July paradeIt's not just the Tuba. It's much more than Bach. It's a series of Sunday afternoon concerts featuring internationally acclaimed tuba/euphonium artist and composer and Big Rapids resident Dr. Edward K. Mallett, joined by outstanding musicians in diverse programs ranging from opera to bluegrass, avant garde to rockabilly, and - of course - Bach.

Tuba Bach's goal is to provide the Big Rapids area community the opportunity to attend and experience world-class musical performances in their own town, free of charge. Tuba Bach is a community music event.