Tuba Dave

Music Education

"Tuba Dave" Ernsthausen loves making music.

Chicago's Theodore Roosevelt High School Band Students Perform

Chicago Theodore Roosevelt High School Band

Tuba Dave does public school music education. He holds the office of faculty band director at Chicago's Theodore Roosevelt High School. Tuba Dave schedules private brass lessons and private woodwind lessons for students interested in private music instruction in the greater Chicago area. Contact me to begin making music.

The Theodore Roosevelt High School Band

Tuba Dave is proud of his students accomplishments with the Theodore Roosevelt High School Band. The banner image on this page exhibits (some) students of Theodore Roosevelt High School Band performing at a luncheon.

Volunteers are needed to help out with the band. For example a translator is sought to translate the Theodore Roosevelt High School band's website and help Tuba Dave to reach more students. Please visit the website to learn more.

Tuba Dave's Experience

Ernsthausen took quickly to horns at an early age. As an elementary school student in his native Pennsylvania, young Tuba Dave asked his teacher one day: "Why do certain kids leave the room during the day and come back smiling from ear to ear?". She informed him they were taking band.

Young Tuba Dave wanted in on the action. The school's band director only had two instruments left — trombone and tuba — and, only judging by its size, Ernsthausen selected the tuba assuming it'd make the loudest noise. "I now know that I was wrong," Dave admits with a chuckle. "Trombone is actually proven to be the loudest acoustical instrument." But no matter — the tuba would be Tuba Dave's instrument of choice and would lead to his infatuation with brass music for years to come. "The moment I touched the tuba, I just knew I had a connection. I found the thing that I love to do."

Prior to college, Tuba Dave scored a place in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony but auditions for other spots that didn't go so well had him considering attending airplane mechanic school instead. His sister encouraged him to take one more audition, this time at Slippery Rock University, and it led to him receiving a full scholarship for his first year of studies.

Upon graduation from SRU, Tuba Dave moved to Chicago with just a car and $400 to his name in the fall of 2003. He worked at a music store to score a much needed practice room.