In his memoir "I’m Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream," tubist Richard Antoine White shares his journey from homelessness to performing in the New Mexico Philharmonic.

Adam Fenster
Adam Fenster

Richard Antoine White is the first African American to ever earn a doctorate in music for tuba performance. He’s the principal tubist in the New Mexico Philharmonic.

In his book “I’m Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream,” White writes about his journey through classical music, growing up homeless and his passion for music being supported by the curriculum at Baltimore School for the Arts.

He joined CultureShift on WDET to talk about his new memoir and his drive to make the tuba cool for the next generation of young musicians.

Listen: Richard Antoine White talks all things tuba.

Trusted, accurate, up-to-date.

WDET strives to make our journalism accessible to everyone. As a public media institution, we maintain our journalistic integrity through independent support from readers like you. If you value WDET as your source of news, music and conversation, please make a gift today.

Donate today »


  • Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. As a longtime arts and culture reporter and photographer, Hooper has covered stories for NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.