Roger Bobo

(June 8, 1938)



American tuba virtuoso and brass pedagogue. He retired from active tuba performance in 2001 in order to devote his time to conducting and teaching.


He gave what is reputed to be the first solo tuba recital in the history of Carnegie Hall. His solo and ensemble discography is extensive. He is the author of "Mastering the Tuba" published by Editions Bim (CH).


While living in the USA, he was the cofounder and conductor of the Topanga Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been a guest conductor with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles Including the Los Angeles Philharomnic Orchestra, The Trondheim Symphony of Norway, Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, The Slovenian Symphony Orchestrs Brass Ensemble, The Greek Radio Orchestrsa Brass Ensemble and the Hong Kong Brass Ensemble.


Roger Bobo currently resides in Oaxaca Mexico and has founded and conducts the Oaxaca Brass Ensemble. He lived 10 years in Tokyo, Japan and has taught at Musashino Academy of Music in Tokyo. Prior to his move to Tokyo he resided in both Firenze Italy and Lausanne, Switzerland and simultaneously served as faculty at the Fiesole School of Music near Florence, Italy, at the Lausanne Conservatory in Switzerland, at the Bern Conservatory, Switzerland, at the Rotterdams Konservatorium in the Netherlands, and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. Roger holds a Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music.









Major orchestral appointments include:



Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra,



Erich Leinsdor



Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam



Bernard Haitink



Los Angeles Philharmonic



Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, André Previn
















"RECITAL" Updike, John (1932-2009)

Bobo is the subject of the John Updike poem "Recital".







































Roger Bobo Plays Tuba


Crystal Records S125

Available on LP or cassett


Also Featuring:

Ralph Grierson, piano


Classic tuba recording featuring Galliard: Sonata No. 5, Barat: Introduction and Dance, Hindemith: Sonata, Kraft: Encounters II, Wilder: Children's Suite (Effie the Elephant)













 DVD "TUBA PROFONDO" - Cherry Classics Music


- An International Masterclass with

ROGER BOBO and 8 young musicians


Direct link to order the DVD from Cherry Classics


Finally, Maestro Bobo's DVD masterclass is available (click to watch the trailer). Produced in Japan, it contains some of the finest musical advice and insight for musicians, students of brass and tubists. This may be some of the most valuable 2 1/2 hours spent in front of a screen.


Some of the works performed include:


* Strauss-Concerto #1

* Stevens-Variations in Olden Style

* Koetsier-Concertino

* Madsen-Sonata

* Schumann-Adagio & Allegro











Rainbo-bo ~ The Man with the Golden Tuba



CD recording featuring Roger Bobo, tuba.

Crystal Records 28818 NE Hancock Road, Camas, WA 98607. (360) 834-9680


info@crystalrecords.com www.crystalrecords.com CD398 UPC 00941473982- $16.95



Review by Mark Nelson, ITEA Journal, Fall 2007


Roger Bobo's latest CD recording is a compilation of three different LP recordings, apparently without any additional editing or re-mixing, that he made in the years 1978-1981. The original recordings included LP numbers S126, S398 and S392, all out of print. The five compositions represented on this new recording are from the Air from Suite No. 3 by Bach played on a B-flat tenor tuba with Zita Carno, piano; Stänchen (Serenade) by Franz Schubert played on an F tuba with Zita Carno on piano; Meyer Kupferman's Saternalis for tuba and amplified cello featuring Daniel Rothmuller on cello; Morton Subotnik's The First Dream of Light for tuba, piano and “ghost” score with Ralph Grierson, piano; and the Encore: Boz by Thomas Stevens for unaccompanied tuba, all presumably played on the CC contrabass tuba.







Films and Other Recordings




Return of the Jedi (1983)

Close Encounters (1977)

Witches of Eastwick (1987)

God Father II (1974)

Young Frankenstein (1974)

The Swarm (1978)

Friday the 13th (1980)

Fitzwilly (1967)

The Couch Trip (1988)

The Ice Pirates (1984)

Waterland (1992)

Alien 2 (1986)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

The Color Purple (1985)

Doc (1971)

Silent Movie (1976)

Superman (1978)

Superman II (1980)

Prophecy (1979)

The Incredible Journey (1963)

The Barn Stormers

Dragnet the Movie (1987)

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

White Knights (1985)

The End (1978)


Other Recordings:


Barbra Streisand

Frank Sinatra

Tony Bennett

Earth, Wind and Fire

Gerry Mulligan

Jaco Pastorius

Bill Mays

Bonny Raite

Bob Hope

Don Ellis

Jimmy Webb

And more!







Recordings with the LAPO

Los Angeles Philamornic Orchestra



NIELSEN: Symphony No. 4

Zubin Mehta


Symphony No. 4 (The Inextinguishable)



Zubin Mehta


MOZART: Le nozze di Figaro. ROSSINI: La gazza ladra. J. STRAUSS, Jr.: Die Fledermaus. WAGNER: Rienzi. WEBER: Der Freischütz



Zubin Mehta


RAVEL: Boléro. MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition.


RAVEL: Daphnis and Chloé

Zubin Mehta


Daphnis and Chloé, Suite No. 2; Suite, Ma mère l'oye; La valse.



Zubin Mehta, Sidney Harth




SAINT-SAËNS: Syphony No. 3

Zubin Mehta, Anita Priest


Symphony No. 3 ("Organ").


RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2

Simon Rattle


Symphony No. 2.



Erich Leinsdorf

(EMI Classics)

DEBUSSY: La mer; RAVEL: Daphnis and Chloé, Suite No. 2. R. STRAUSS: Death and Transfiguration.


BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8

Zubin Mehta


Symphony No. 8.



Erich Leinsdorf

(EMI Classics)

Prelude and Love-Death from Tristan und Isolde.


LISZT: Battle of the Huns

Zubin Mehta


The Battle of the Huns; Mazeppa; Orpheus.


MAHLER: Rückert Lieder

Zubin Mehta, Marilyn Horne


Rückert Lieder; Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.


DVORÁK: Symphony No. 8

Zubin Mehta


Symphony No. 8; The Wood Dove.


DVORÁK: Symphony No. 9

Zubin Mehta


Symphony No. 9 (From the New World); Carnival Overture.



Zubin Mehta


ELGAR: Variations on an Original Theme (Enigma); IVES: Symphony No. 1



Zubin Mehta


(2 LPs) IVES: Symphony No. 2; Decoration Day; Variations on America; COPLAND: Appalachian Spring. BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide. GERSHWIN: An American in Paris. (Also issued on a single disc: Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin.)


MAHLER: Symphonies No. 5 & 10

Zubin Mehta


Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 10 (Adagio).



Carlo Maria Giulini

(Deutsche Grammophon)

DEBUSSY: La mer. RAVEL: Ma mère l'oye; Rapsodie espagnole.

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6

Carlo Maria Giulini

(Deutsche Grammophon)

Symphony No. 6 ("Pathétique").


BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2

Carlo Maria Giulini

(Deutsche Grammophon)

Symphony No. 2.



Zubin Mehta


RESPIGHI: Roman Festivals; STRAUSS: Don Juan (debut recording in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion).


RESPIGHI: Fountains of Rome

Michael Tilson Thomas

(Sony Classical)

Fountains of Rome; Roman Festivals.



Michael Tilson Thomas

(Sony Classical)

Suite No. 3.


BARTÓK: Violin Concerto No. 2

Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Zukerman

(Sony Classical)

Violin Concerto No. 2.


RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2

Erich Leinsdorf, Leonard Pennario


Piano Concerto No. 2.


VERDI: Four Sacred Pieces

Zubin Mehta, Los Angeles Master Chorale


Four Sacred Pieces.



Zubin Mehta


TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture. BIZET: Carmen Prelude. RAVEL: Boléro. VON SUPPÉ: Poet and Peasant Overture. STRAUSS: Also sprach Zarathustra (Opening). HOLST: The Planets (Jupiter).



Zubin Mehta


RAVEL: Boléro. TCHAIKOVSKY: Marche slave. BIZET: Carmen, Preludes to Acts 1 and 4. VERDI: La forza del destino Overture. VON SUPPÉ: Poet and Peasant Overture.


R. STRAUSS: Also sprach Zarathustra

Zubin Mehta


Also sprach Zarathustra.


R. STRAUSS: An Alpine Symphony

Zubin Mehta


An Alpine Symphony.


R. STRAUSS: Don Quixote

Zubin Mehta, Kurt Reher, Jan Hlinka


Don Quixote.


R. STRAUSS: Sinfonia domestica

Zubin Mehta


Sinfonia domestica.


STRAVINSKY: Le sacre du printemps

Zubin Mehta


Le sacre du printemps; Eight Instrumental Miniatures.



Zubin Mehta


Petrushka; Circus Polka.


TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture

Zubin Mehta


1812 Overture; Romeo and Juliet.


TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4

Zubin Mehta


Symphony No. 4.


TCHAIKOVSKY: Complete Symphonies

Zubin Mehta


Complete Symphonies (1-6). Each Symphony also issued separately.


VERDI: Falstaff

Carlo Maria Giulini

1987 (Deutsche Grammophon)

Falstaff. Recorded live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.


PROKOFIEV: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5

André Previn

1987 (Philips Classics)

Symphony No. 1 ("Classical"); Symphony No. 5. Recorded May 1986, at Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles.

PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 6

André Previn

1987 (Philips Classics)

Symphony No. 6; "Scythian" Suite. Recorded March 1987, Los Angeles.



Michael Tilson Thomas, Sarah Vaughn

1982 (Sony Classical)

Recorded live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. Selections included on GREATEST HITS - GERSHWIN (Sony Classical, 1994).



André Previn





André Previn


BARTÓK: Concerto for Orchestra. JANACEK: Sinfonietta.


André Previn

(Phillips Classics)

SMETANA: The Moldau. TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet. MUSSORGSKY: Night on Bald Mountain. GLINKA: Russlan and Ludmilla Overture.



Carlo Maria Giulini, Plácido Domingo

1992 (Deutsche Grammophon)

Arias from DONIZETTI: L'elisir d'amore; Lucia de Lammermoor. VERDI: Ernani; Il trovatore; Aida. HALÉVY: La Juive MEYERBEER: L'Africaine. BIZET: Les Pêcheurs de perles; Carmen. Other arias and orchestras also on this CD. Recorded November 1980, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles.


IVES: The Symphonies

Zubin Mehta; Christoph von Dohnányi; Neville Marriner

1993 (Decca)

IVES: Symphony No. 1 and Symphony No. 2. This 2-CD Ives collection also includes Symphony No. 3, "The Camp Meeting," and Three Places in New England (Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Neville Marriner); Symphony No. 4 and Orchestral Set No. 2 (Cleveland Orchestra; Christoph von Dohnányi).



Zubin Mehta

1994 (Cambria)

Concerto for 4 Percussion Soloists; Contextures: Riots - Decade '60. Also on this CD: Games: Collage no. 1 and Double Trio (Horn Club of Los Angeles). Concerto and Contextures originally released on seperate disc, and included A Lincoln Portrait, by Copland (London/Decca).


COPLAND: Fanfare

Zubin Mehta, Gregory Peck

1996 (London/Decca)

Fanfare for the Common Man; Appalachian Spring: Suite; Lincoln Portrait. Also on this CD: Quiet City (Academy of St. Martin in the Fields); Music for Movies (London Sinfonietta); Ceremonial Fanfare (Philip Jones Brass Ensemble); Old American Songs (English Chamber Orchestra; Marilyn Horne); El salón México; Dance Symphony, Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes (Detroit Symphony). Fanfare and Lincoln Portrait originally released on separate disc, and included Concerto for 4 Percussion Soloists and Contextures, by William Kraft.



Zubin Mehta

1996 (London/Decca)

Verklärte Nacht; Chamber Symphony, Op. 9;Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31. Also on this CD: Six Orchestral Songs, Op. 8; Erwartung, Op. 17 (Vienna Philharmonic); and Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16 (Cleveland Orchestra). Originally released as two seperate discs, Chamber Symphony coupled with Variations, and Verklärte Nacht coupled with Poem of Ecstasy, by Scriabin.



Erich Leinsdorf

1995 (Sheffield Lab)

PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet (selections). DEBUSSY: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune. WAGNER: Siegfried: Forest Murmurs. Sheffield/Leinsdorf volumes originally released as three separate discs.



Erich Leinsdorf

1995 (Sheffield Lab)

STRAVINSKY: The Firebird Suite. WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1; Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries; Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral Music. Sheffield/Leinsdorf volumes originally released as three separate discs.



Zubin Mehta

1998 (London/Decca)

HOLST: The Planets. WILLIAMS: Suites from the films Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. R. STRAUSS: Also sprach Zarathustra. Originally released as three separate discs.



Zubin Mehta, Forrest Clark, Charles DeLancey

1997 (London/Decca)

VARÈSE: Arcana; Intégrales. KRAFT: Concerto for 4 Percussion Soloists; Contextures. Also on this CD: VARÈSE: Ionisation (Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble).



Leonard Bernstein

1999 (Deutsche Grammophon)

BERNSTEIN: West Side Story: Symphonic Dances. BARBER: Adagio for Strings. COPLAND: Appalachain Spring. GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue. Also on this CD: BERNSTEIN: On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite; On the Town: Three Dance Episodes (Israel Philharmonic); Prelude, Fugue and Riffs (Vienna Philharmonic). IVES: The Unanswered Question (New York Philharmonic).



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