Jim Cipriano is the Adjunct Tuba and Euphonium Professor at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA. He previously held the same position at Hampton University, Hampton, VA and was the Tuba Instructor at the Armed Forces School of music during his 20-year active duty Army Music career. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Rutgers University and a Master of Music in Tuba Performance degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Jim’s teachers include Toby Hanks, Scott Mendoker, Michael Sanders, Pete DeBeau, David Finlayson, Steven Norrell, and Lee Hipp.
Jim is an active performer presenting recitals and masterclasses around the United States. He has performed as a substitute tubist with the Virginia Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and Columbus (GA) Symphony. While living in Hampton Roads, Virginia Jim performed extensively with the Eastern Virginia Brass Quintet in recitals and educational programs. He previously held the Principal Tuba position with the Ludwig Symphony, Symphony in C, and New Jersey Pops, as well as the Principal EEb tuba with the Georgia Brass Band. Jim also performed solo recitals at the United States Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop, Southwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, the Southeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, and most recently the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference.
He is married to Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Ambrosia String Quartet violinist Mayu Kuroda Cipriano, and they live in Norfolk, VA with their two cats Velvet and Eddie. Mr. Cipriano is an Eastman Winds endorsing artist and performs on the EBB562 BBb tuba and EBC836 CC tuba.
What They Play
The model EBB562 is a 4/4 size “Germanic” instrument with four rotary valves and a .748“ bore. This tuba features a big open sound with good projection. It is the perfect choice for the player that wants rotary valves, and doesn’t want the larger bore of the EBB623.
- Key of BBb, 4/4 size
- .748" bore
- 17 3/4” yellow brass upright bell
- 4 front-action rotary valves
- Clear lacquer finish
- Laskey 30G US mouthpiece
- Deluxe case