About the Film
R.A.W. Tuba is is the second installment of an inspirational series produced by Early Light Media (ELM) entitled Invisible Thread. The first episode, Throw, was seen by millions around the world. The series is independent and self-funded and if you would like to support the artists behind the series, you can donate here.
We believe in Richard and the power of positivity that so many other “Richard Whites” in Baltimore desperately need to hear. Richard’s story speaks to the underdog in all of us and serves as an important reminder of the necessity of the arts in education.
“The only thing that will stop me from being successful is death.” ~ R.A.W.
R.A.W. TUBA is a documentary about a Baltimore child who experienced intermittent homelessness but went on to become a world-class symphony musician and professor. As a child, Richard Antoine White (R.A.W.) slept wherever he could, sometimes in abandoned rowhomes where he was chewed on by rats during his sleep. Now in his 40s, he still has those scars across his abdomen. But despite enormous challenges, he went on to become the first African American in the world to receive a Doctorate in Music for Tuba Performance (D.M. not to be confused with the less rare D.M.A.), and not just from anywhere, from one of the most prestigious music programs in the US. Richard is now not only a tenured professor at the University of New Mexico, but he’s also the principal tubist of the New Mexico Philharmonic, which is in and of itself an Olympian-level accomplishment.