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Fairfax’s ‘Tuba Guy’ keeps marching, and tooting

Jay Converse, 55, plays the tuba while walking along Braddock Road in Fairfax. He can walk and play the tuba for six miles and barely break a sweat. He changes the theme of his attire and tuba decorations for different holidays. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

The Tuba Guy is Jay Converse, a founding member of the infamous University of Virginia Pep Band, and he marches around the Fairfax area playing the tuba, with the air blasts spinning a pink propeller. He’s 55, married with three kids, a computer whiz — a classic Northern Virginian, right?

He does a little “Sound of Music,” a little “Yellow Submarine,” even a very little “Free Bird.” He’s not a protester, like some other folks who wander our realm in unusual ways. He’s just hyper, and is apparently a very funny guy. Read more about him in Freddy’s fine piece here.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.


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