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Tuba Tiger Rag

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Harry DeCosta (arr. David Marshall and Luther Henderson)

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General Info

Year: 1917? / 1991
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Dixieland band
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00


Full Score
Solo Tuba
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III:

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Tiger Rag is a jazz standard, originally recorded and copyrighted by the Original Dixieland Jass Band in 1917. It is one of the most recorded jazz compositions of all time. In 2003, the 1918 ODJB recording of Tiger Rag was placed on the U.S. Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

After the success of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band recordings, the tune gained national popularity. Dance band and march orchestrations were published for the benefit of bands that couldn't get the hang of the new jazz music. Hundreds of recordings of the tune appeared in the late 1910s and through the 1920s. The Canadian Brass tuba player Chuck Daellenbach has become internationally associated with Luther Henderson's Tuba Tiger Rag. He has performed this work hundreds of times.

Tiger Rag is often used as a fight song by several American high school and college teams with a tiger as their mascot, most famously Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge).

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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  • Westfield (N.J.) Community Concert Band (Thomas Connors, conductor) – 27 June 2019
  • U.S. Fleet Forces Band (Gregory Fritz, conductor)– 13 June 2019 (Hampton, Va.)
  • Santa Monica (Calif.) College (Kevin McKeown, conductor) – 3 May 2019
  • Brattleboro (Vt.) Union High School Concert Band (Steve Rice, conductor; Jackson Levengood, tuba) - 24 May 2018
  • Oregon (Portland) Symphonic Band (Michael Burch-Pesses, conductor; Mark Vehrencamp, tuba)- 22 April 2018
  • North Thurston Symphonic Band (Olympia, Wash.) – 25 May 2016

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