Professor Bud Holmes

  • M.M., Carnegie Mellon University
  • B.M., Lynn Conservatory of Music

Bud Holmes, calling Asheville home after years of traveling and performing, serves as Principal Tuba with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Previous positions include Principal Tuba of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, and Principal Tuba of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra.

Bud performed over 250 Air Force Concert Band, Brass Quintet, and Dixieland Jazz concerts throughout the United States. Other Air Force highlights include performing for President Obama’s second inauguration, performing at Major League Baseball games, and performing at Summit Brass’ Rafael Mendez Brass Institute in Denver. Notable orchestral appearances include performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Akron Symphony, Symphonia, Cincinnati Chamber, and New World Symphony orchestras.

As a member of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra (AWSO) in 2007, Bud performed contemporary music programs on a tour starting in South Padre Island and ending at the International Arts and Ideas Festival in New Haven. He and Willie Clark make up the tuba section on the AWSO’s CDs, “Music of the Americas” and “Reflections” recorded for the CF Peters Label.

Bud earned a Master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University, studying with Center City Brass’ Craig Knox and other members of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Lynn Conservatory where he focused on brass quintet with Kenneth Amis and Empire Brass, on faculty at Lynn. He attended Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music for his first two years of study with Timothy Northcut, tubist for Summit Brass and the Dayton Philharmonic. While in Cincinnati, he also studied privately with Marie Speziale, then Principal Trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony. Bud made many trips to learn from the great American tuba players of our time. He has had additional lessons with Alan Baer, Warren Deck, Sam Pilafian, Daniel Perantoni, JáTtik Clark, Lee Hipp, Mike Gross, Jacomo Bairos, Michael Thorton, Gene Pokorny, and Harvey Phillips.

His journeys outside the practice room have included traveling to Africa, Europe, and India, working in New York City, and living in a monastery. He studies business, jazz, and world music and enjoys the outdoors and playing sports.


Watch Prof. Holmes perform Enrique Crespo's Waltz with the US Air Force Heritage Brass: