What We’re About

The TubaMeisters(Richard, Ray, Ezra, & Al)(Photo by polkabeat.com)
The TubaMeisters(Richard, Ray, Ezra, & Al)(Photo courtesy of polkabeat.com)

Tubas???!  Well,  actually tubas and euphoniums.  What’s a euphonium?  Does anyone really know?  The most important thing is The TubaMeisters can  flat-out play music, going far beyond the oompah tradition, playing many styles of music. You’ll find the standards,  plus a lot of other tunes.  There are  German,  Austrian, Czech, Slovenian, Spanish, and Mexican tunes, plus some Country-Western and Rock tunes, with vocals in four different languages.   Whatever the language, having fun is what’s  important.   You will enjoy this group.  Beginning with a season at the Fiesta Texas Theme Park in 1992, this professional group has performed throughout Texas, and in various parts of the United States,  for festivals,  private parties, weddings, church services, TV commercials, radio shows, and have even appeared on German TV, twice.  Whatever the occasion, when these guys play, it will be fun!

Here are some of the places where the TubaMeisters have entertained audiences:

  • Mollie B Polka Party–RFD-TV(Ennis, Texas)
  • Oktoberfest Zinzinnati–Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Wurstfest–New Braunfels, Texas
  • Oktoberfest–Fredericksburg, Texas
  • Fiesta Gartenfest(Fiesta San Antonio)–San Antonio, Texas
  • German Heritage Festival–Tomball, Texas
  • Oktoberfest–Ponchatoula, Louisiana
  • Island Oktoberfest–Galveston, Texas
  • Maifest–Brenham, Texas
  • Oktoberfest @ North by Northwest–Austin, Texas
  • Oktoberfest–Fort Worth, Texas
  • Oktoberfest–Granbury, Texas
  • Oktoberfest–Fort Hood, Texas
  • Augustoberfest–Hagerstown, Maryland
  • Oktoberfest–Laredo, Texas
  • Night in Old Fredericksburg–Fredericksburg, Texas
  • Oktoberfest–McAllen, Texas
  • Oktoberfest(Beethoven Maennerchor)–San Antonio, Texas
  • German Christmas Festival–Tomball, Texas
  • Kristkindlmarkt–Fredericksburg, Texas
  • Fiesta River Parade–San Antonio, Texas
  • Texas Folklife Festival–San Antonio, Texas
  • Octubafest–Texas State University–San Marcos, Texas
  • Elf Louise Radiothon(WOAI)–San Antonio, Texas
  • Bayerisches Fernsehen(Bavarian TV)
  • San Antonio Missions Baseball(National Anthem)
  • San Antonio Radio(WOAI, KTSA, KTFM)

“…the premier heavy metal group The TubaMeisters.” –Alex Meixner(Grammy Nominated Musician, Alex Meixner Band, Palm City, Fl.)

“The TubaMeisters were the best(!) entertainment there.  They were the main connection to a German Oktoberfest that we could find there last year.”–Kristen Pachl Malachowski(Facebook, Oktoberfest, Fredericksburg, Tx)

“Fantastic polka band.”–Greg Matthews(YouTube, Oktoberfest, North by Northwest      Restaurant & Brewery, Austin, Tx.)

“I just wanted to let you know that everyone had a great time and really enjoyed your      performance.  I got wonderful feedback from everyone.  We couldn’t have asked for more!”–Annette Goodson(ATKG, LLP, San Antonio, Tx.)

“What’s not to love about Oktoberfest music by the TubaMeisters…?”  –AOL Travel

“Funny guys had everyone laughing, moving, singing…fun time.” –Ron Gates(YouTube, Oktoberfest, Fredericksburg, Tx.)

“It’s hard not to chuckle when passing this tuba quartet, who play their hearts out….”  –Houston Chronicle

“Enjoy a warm, soft pretzel while viewing a live performance by the ever-popular Tuba Meisters.”–How to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, Texas
Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_2056810_celebrate-oktoberfest-fredericksburg-texas.html

“Your wonderful CD. I have finally listened with good headphones. It’s a wonderful CD. I really enjoy your arrangements. I am far less aware of the ‘tuba’ thing than I am the ‘ethnic European’ thing when listening.”–Joe Sellmansberger, New Orleans Jazz Ramblers(in an email)

Members of the TubaMeisters are:

  • Ezra Johnson–Euphonium and Vocals
  • Al Tapia–Euphonium and Vocals
  • Ray Grim–Tuba and Vocals
  • Richard Wallace–Tuba and Euphonium

For booking information, contact Ray Grim:  TubaRay@satx.rr.com

TubaMeisters on Beethoven Maenerchor Float--2012 S.A. River Parade(Photo Credit: Edward A. Ornelas, S.A. Express-News)
TubaMeisters on Beethoven Maenerchor Float–2012 S.A. River Parade(Photo Credit: Edward A. Ornelas, S.A. Express-News)


10 thoughts on “What We’re About

  1. This is kinda short notice, but you guys played for us last year in Granbury, and I’d like to see if we can get you back for Granbury’s Oktoberfest.

    I noticed you’re booked in Fort Worth on Saturday, the 26th. Any chance you could show up for a 2 or 3 hour performance on Friday evening, the 25th?

    Please call me and let me know.

    Many thanks,
    Nathan Wright

    1. This MIGHT be possible. Let me research the availability of players and what anticipated expenses it would involve. Feel free to communicate to me by email. It is easier for me, and probably for you.


      Thank you for your interest in our band.


  2. KKYX Radio advertised your concert at the Arneson River Theatre today at noon. We drove downtown, but parking around La Villita was $20, so we came back home. Sorry we missed your concert today, but now that we found your website, we hope to catch one sometime in the future. BTW I heard that Grady’s will discontinue the live music at TSI next year. There was no music at the Wetmore location last month.

    1. Good to hear from you, Bob. I’m sorry about the parking issue. Apparently there was a big concert(not ours) in the area, prompting the lot to gouge the public with $20 parking. The parking is normally the exorbitant $10 amount. Sorry you missed the concert. If you’d like to see/hear a bit of the concert, check out the TubaMeisters Fan Club, on Facebook. Another option is KENS 5 TV’s website. Thanks for attempting to be part of our audience.

      As for music at Grady’s, that’s really sad. In my opinion, they had already downgraded the quality of the performers who played there, but I will truly miss catching George Chambers, who is very entertaining, as well as being a true “Country Gentleman.”

      Merry Christmas!

  3. Hello, we are a retirement community in Austin, and we would like to have you perform at our Oktoberfest party, sometime in October. Can you give me your rates please?

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