Jonathan Dorn

Wessex Ambassador

Jonathan Dorn: Tuba

During an extensive professional career spanning more than 30 years, accomplished American brass musician Jonathan Dorn primarily performed across New York City and Philadelphia; performing a with a long list of ensembles and soloists, including: 

  • The Academy Brass
  • Keystone Brass Quintet
  • Contemporary Brass Quintet
  • Rittenhouse Brass Quintet
  • Bicentennial Brass
  • Jonathan Dorn's Big Bad Brass
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • The Robin Hood Dell Orchestra
  • Philadelphia Chamber Symphony

Dorn was previously House Tuba for the Forrest, Walnut Street, Erlanger, and Schubert Theaters in Philadelphia, and performed in Broadway shows such as Annie, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Flower Drum Song, 1776, and Stop the World I Want to Get Off.

Working with performers in many genres, Dorn has had the indescribable pleasure of performing in person for world leaders and celebrities like:

  • President Nelson Mandela
  • Dr. Martin Luther King
  • President Frederik de Klerk
  • President Bill Clinton
  • Anthony Quinn
  • Pope John Paul Il
  • Governor George Wallace.

Whilst Dorn's television appearances include Saturday Night Live, the Tom Snyder Show, and the Tony Awards, he has also toured with Leon Redbone, George Carlin, Burt Bacharach, and Anthony Newley.

Dorn's incredible music career doesn't stop there as he was heard for many years in millions of American homes in television commercials for Budweiser, Bell Telephone, McDonald's, Schlitz beer, Piggly Wiggly Supermarkets, Coca-Cola, Pepsi Cola, General Motors, Nabisco, American Airlines, and performing the themes for the television programs Mr. Belvedere, and Harry and the Hendersons!

Recommendations

The Chicago Presence is an instrument of extremely high character; it has great response in all registers, a rounded velvet tone, even pitch from top to bottom, full low register, great full upper register, and for it's size, it has a lovely singing quality. I absolutely endorse this, and all Wessex Tubas! I own a Wessex Berg F Tuba, a Wyvern CC Tuba, a Wessex Gnome in CC, and a Wessex Cimbasso in F - they are all wonderful instruments.

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