A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from March 08, 2015
“What’s the range of a tuba?” (joke)

A tuba has a limited musical range, so a popular tuba joke goes:

Q. What’s the range of a tuba?
A. Twenty yards, if you’ve got a good arm.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1993.


Google News Archive
7 February 1993, The Day, “Have Ear, Will Travel” by John M. Doyle (AP), pg. E2, col. 5:
Backstage at the Kennedy Center before a concert he (Lewis Lipnick—ed.) reels off joke after joke: “What’s the difference between a cello and a coffin? A coffin has the stiff on the inside,” or “What’s the range of a tuba? Twenty yards if you’ve got a good arm.”

Google Groups: rec.humor
Canonical List Of Music Humor (part 1/1)
Her Jangle Is Wide Angle
10/14/93
(...)
What’s the range of a tuba?
20 yards if you’ve got a good arm.

Google Groups: rec.music.classical
Musician jokes v2.0
boB
9/1/94
(...)
Q: What’s the range of a tuba?  A: Twenty yards, if you’ve got a good arm.

Google Groups: rec.music.bluenote
Let’s have some more music jokes!
Mark Garvin
8/29/95
(...)
What’s the range of a tuba?
About 20 yards, if you’ve got a good arm.

Google Books
Somebody’s Got My Robe
By John Yarrington
Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press
1997
Pg. 80:
Q. What’s the range of a tuba?
A. Twenty yards, if you’ve got a good arm.

Google Groups: alt.fan.chris
Re: Tuba Jokes
WingedMessenger
6/7/08
“::darkshadows::” wrote in
news:f61j4493f5dpcj9kakqcjuggulj2s6igfj@4ax.com:
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Twitter
Miranda Woodward
‏@XMPWX
A Little Musical Levity - boxangle: Q. What’s the range of a tuba? A. Ten yards, if you have a good arm.... http://tmblr.co/ZKwp0uvjOiX3
10:36 AM - 22 Sep 2013

Twitter
MusicianHumor
‏@JokesBoutMusic
What’s the range of a tuba?
Twenty yards if you’ve got a good arm!
12:08 PM - 16 Feb 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Sunday, March 08, 2015 • Permalink