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Aaron McCalla, Principal Tuba

Aaron McCalla, principal tuba, studied at Southern Methodist University, the Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory. Before joining the Naples Philharmonic, McCalla held the position of principal tuba for the Colorado (Denver) Symphony Orchestra. In addition, McCalla has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston, Albany, Vermont, Rhode Island, Jacksonville symphonies and toured with the Boston Pops. McCalla was a Tanglewood Music Center Tuba Fellow in 2005. In addition to his orchestral duties, McCalla was a member of the band LNE, based in Antigua, Guatemala, and the Kate Priestley Band, based in Austin, Texas.  McCalla has performed as a soloist in many capacities, including with the Naples Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony, Musica Sacra and as a recitalist in many venues.  This past November, McCalla was the featured soloist in Carnegie Hall with the Florida Gulf Coast University Wind Orchestra.   

Aaron McCalla is underwritten by Barbara & George Trees.

Name: Aaron McCalla

Instrument: Tuba

Hometown: Duncanville, TX

At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 11

Who have been your greatest musical influences? Warren Deck, Mike Roylance and Matt Good – my teachers who taught me that tuba could be more than just the bass line.

Who are your favorite composers? Bach, Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington, Debussy, Beethoven, Brahms (not much tuba in there, however).

What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? I was thinking of going to school for pre-med, but tuba just kept calling.

What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Foo-Fighters, Art Blakey, Battles, Herbie Hancock, German Brass.

Your hobbies and interests: Family, friends, sports, the beach, going on trips.

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