More To The Story: Female Tuba Player

Dave Staley meets a rare female tuba player at UTC

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – It’s the wind ensemble class at UTC. One of three meetings per week on campus.

Sophomore Ember Evans is on the scene, getting ready to join the party!

As the old saying goes, “no one is an island. No one stands alone.”

Well my friends, Ember stands alone. In a figurative sense, she sits alone. Because you see, Ember is the only female tuba player at UTC. Out of all the students. She’s it!

“Wherever I’ve gone, I’m almost always the only female tuba player. So nothing’s changed. You get used to it!”

Ember, who grew up in Maryville, started playing the trumpet in sixth grade. Her teacher suggested she start playing the tuba. She tried it. She liked it. That was 11 years ago.

“It’s like people enjoy playing the piano. Or the violin. Or the trumpet. It’s music. Same thing. The tuba is just lower. And bigger. And heavier.”

Speaking of, going from the trumpet to the concert tuba is a big change. For anyone. From roughly three pounds to about 30 pounds.
Even though it’s a hard instrument to play, Ember says she’s now totally “on board” with it.

Her parents have been “on board” since the very beginning!

“My Dad is my biggest supporter. My Dad thought it was cool to play the tuba. Mom initially thought I should play something else, like the clarinet. But now, she’s also my biggest fan!”

Ember’s tuba gets a lot of work. She’s in five ensembles. Oh, she’s in a choir as well. And she has a part-time job too!

Ember says she’s always tired. But that’s okay. Because she’s always thinking about music. And the tuba.
Dave Staley, News 12 Now


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