Heavy Tuba was founded by Heimo Schmid in 1993. The musicians are from the Upper Austrian classical and jazz scene. Three tubas, four euphoniums, doubling at times on trombone, als well as a rhythm section of five contributes to the perhaps untraditional sound. Since 1997 is the British vocalist Dorretta Carter a member of the ensemble.
The band cooperated with tuba soloists Jon Sass (4CDs), Howard Johnson and Joe Daley. Heavy Tuba combines classic, jazz, rock, funk and soul and cannot be compared to any other group. The common place or usual is not what „Heavy Tuba“ ist about.They present once again the virtouosity of modern tuba playing in its unique substance. Nevertheless, the good old themes cannot be denied – exactly the opposite. It is music that definitely goes in your ear, but cannot be cubbyholed or easily classified.
Dorretta Carter (vocals); Jon Sass (bass Tuba); Ali Angerer, H.G. Gutternigg (tuba); Anton Meisenberger, Robert Bachner, Petra Krumphuber, Bernhard Ortner (trombones); Kurt Erlmoser (guitar); Helmar Hill (piano, keyboards); Werner Lederbauer (bass); Herwig Stieger (percussion); Ewald Zach (drums); Heimo Schmid (leader)