About the School
Jay Hunsberger

Tuba
Phone: (813) 974-2311
Email: hunsberg@usf.edu

Tuba legend Harvey Phillips wrote “Jay Hunsberger is one of America’s premiere orchestral tubists, an experienced soloist and sensitive chamber music performer.” Mr. Hunsberger is the principal tubist with the Sarasota Orchestra and Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  

A hallmark of Mr. Hunsberger’s career has been the substantial number of new works which have been written for him. In 2003 he premiered Jan Bach's Concerto for Tuba prompting one critic to write: “He is a virtuoso on an instrument that is too often misunderstood and underestimated. Hunsberger brings the tuba into the spotlight with elegance and dynamism and this is the perfect vehicle for his talents”.   His latest premieres include David Carlson's Tuba Concerto, Jan Bach's Acrobotics (tuba and cello), and Paul Basler's Nocturne.  

Mr. Hunsberger received both BM and MM degrees in tuba performance from the Indiana University School of Music. His teachers have included Dan Perantoni, Harvey Phillips, Roger Bobo, and Sam Pilafian.  Jay's first CD (a collaboration with James Wilson, horn) was released in February, 2011 on the Summit label. He has toured as a member of the St. Louis Brass and spent the summer of 2011 performing and teaching throughout China.


He is a virtuoso on an instrument that is too often misunderstood and underestimated. Hunsberger brings the tuba into the spotlight with elegance and dynamism and this (the Concerto for Tuba by Jan Bach) is the perfect vehicle for his talents” –The Longboat Observer, March, 2003

Jay Hunsberger’s performance (of James Grant’s “Three Furies”) was energetic, Accurate and, at all times, Musical” – Sarasota Herald Tribune, April, 2002

He is one of America’s premiere orchestral tubists, an experienced soloist and sensitive chamber music performer.”– Harvey Phillips, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music, Indiana University

…The most amazing performance came with Jay Hunsberger’s Tuba Solo…With a voluptuous depth of tone he navigated all the intricacies…His colleagues provided a rich accompaniment to Hunsberger’s virtuosity.” – Sarasota Herald Tribune, October, 2001

Jay Hunsberger ranks among the best in his profession” – Gwyneth Walker, Composer


Oompah Suite: Sweets for Horn and Tuba
now available now on iTunes and from Summit Records