Jim Cipriano hails originally from Neptune, NJ and has been a military musician for over 18 years. In addition to his military duties, Mr. Cipriano is an active soloist, having performed in recital at the 2002, 2004, and 2015 Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshops. In addition, Mr. Cipriano has also performed at the 2015 Southwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, 2017 Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, the 2017 Southeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, and most recently the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference. Mr. Cipriano has performed numerous times as a substitute and extra tubist on subscription concerts with the Virginia Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and the Columbus (GA) Symphony. He can be heard on the Virginia Symphony's recording of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, recorded on the Hampton Roads Classics label. He has previously held the principal tuba positions of the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra (Atlanta, GA), Symphony in C (Haddonfield, NJ) and the New Jersey Pops. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Cipriano regularly performed with the Eastern Virginia Brass Quintet from 2005-2013, participating in regional performances, educational programs, and recitals; and were an especially important cultural asset during the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the landing of the settlers on the James River with the commissioning of Threshold To America by Richmond, VA composer Leigh Baxter. Mr. Cipriano thoroughly enjoys performing in the British Brass Band tradition and currently holds Principal BBb tuba position with the Million Brass Band based out of Richmond, VA. He previously held the principal Eb tuba position with the Georgia Brass Band. Mr. Cipriano maintains an active teaching studio from home and has held the position of Adjunct Tuba Instructor at Hampton University. Mr. Cipriano holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. His teachers include Michael Sanders, Scott Mendoker, Pete DeBeau, Toby Hanks, David Finlayson, Steven Norrell, and Lee Hipp. He is married to Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Ambrosia String Quartet violinist Mayu Kuroda Cipriano and they live with their two cats Velvet and Eddie. Mr. Cipriano is an Eastman Winds endorsing artist and performs on the EBB 562 BBb 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 tuba with a 17 3/4” yellow brass bell
- Yellow brass construction with nickel-silver valve slides
- Four rotary valves through a .748” bore
- Exquisitely finished in a clear lacquer
- Durable case with wheels
- Includes silver-plated Eastman mouthpiece