We possess no statistics to bolster our impression, but the word is out that America will soon be suffering from a shortage of tuba players.

The present situation is said to be influenced by a perceived decline in musical training among the young, as well as the cost of the instrument.Another obvious factor is sound. The tuba sounds very much as it looks, which is not especially elegant. What the tuba does do well, however, is furnish a full-bodied sound to a band or orchestra.

If tuba lovers want to demonstrate the importance of the survival of their instrument, they need only play a Sousa march - first without, then with, the endangered tuba. The difference is astounding.