Mr. Jung with a Navy Martin in 1957.
This impressive instrument was acquired from the ownership of Mr. Leonard Jung, former principal tuba of the premier Navy band. His tenure with the Navy bands was from 1941-1962.
Mr. Jung had played a similar Martin tuba in the navy fleet during WWII. Unfortunately, that instrument was lost at sea when his boat was sunk. Later in the 1950’s, once he had been promoted to the principal tuba position with the concert band, Mr. Jung went to the Martin factory to pick out the new horn’s for the Navy band. He appreciated the playing characteristics of these large Martins so much, that he later purchased this exquisite 1931 example for his personal collection in the 60’s. We acquired this magnificent instrument from Mr. Jung in 2003, when he was in his 80’s, and felt he could no longer tote this 30+ pound instrument to and from rehearsals.
This horn exhibits the original leadpipe shanks that these tubas were provided with from the factory, to accommodate seating position. The abalone buttons were added by Mr. Jung.
Tag #: 200304
Serial #: 104543
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“MARTIN / Handcraft / ELKHART / IND” on bell. Floral engraving around identification marks. “104543” on 2nd valve. Purchased from Leonard Jung, principal tuba of the Navy Band, retired.
Madelyn Byrd said:
Leonard Jung is my Dad–still with us at 96. I enjoy knowing that his beloved Martin is being treasured. It was my favorite.
Your father’s tuba is very well loved! It is currently being accompanied by some other Martin tuba friends in our collection. Please send our sincere regards to him!
Dominique M. Echard said:
Wow. Leonard Jung was my Grandfather, Madelyn is my mother. I had no idea that his tuba was so close to me. I live in Morrisville. Do you still have it? I would love to see it. That tuba is the one he used to play every day when I was growing up.
Hello Dominique! Sorry for the late reply! All of the instruments on the website are currently in the collection. Come visit us in Durham!