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L.A.'s tuba revolution

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Los Hermanos Carrillo Con El Chikilin Y Su Tuba poses outside the studio Charlie Rudnick/KPCC

A tuba revolution is happening in Southern California right now. Mexican immigrants are bringing their love of the instrument across the border. Once here, the sound of the tuba has changed dramatically – what was once a simple backing to the band has now come into its own.

Back in 1997, Banda Los Tierra Blanca released a landmark recording – "Mi Gusto Es," which inspired young musicians like Jesse Tucker. He helped form the first union for freelance tuba players and joins Madeleine in studio for a set with his band, "Los Hermanos Carrillo Con El Chikilin Y Su Tuba."


Jesse Tucker, tuba player with Los Hermanos Carrillo Con El Chikilin Y Su Tuba.

Sam Quinones, reporter for the Los Angeles Times. You can read his new article here.

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