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Thursday, September 23, 2010
7-foot-2 tuba player walks on at LSU

By Diamond Leung

Tuba player Andrew Del Piero has been a member of the LSU Tiger Marching Band for the past two years, and now he's going from playing music in support of LSU athletics to playing for the basketball team.

LSU coach Trent Johnson added Del Piero to the roster as a walk-on despite him having played only one year of high school basketball in Texas, but there's a perfectly good reason for adding a guy with double the tuba playing experience.

This music major is listed at 7-foot-2, 286 pounds, making him the program's first 7-footer since 1992, according to the Daily Reveille.
"Andrew is a young man that hasn't played a lot, but we knew of him last year," Johnson said. "Anytime you see a guy in the band walking along with that size, you're like ‘Oh my goodness.'"

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"His biggest contribution that he can give us is once he gets to practice, he can assimilate some size against some of the people we're going to be playing," Johnson said. "But our expectations for him are just to enjoy it, get through this year, work hard and have fun."

Johnson isn't the only one to have marveled at his previously undiscovered talent.

An LSU blog, And The Valley Shook, discovered a YouTube video entitled "Tallest Tuba Player I've Ever Seen" that appears to show Del Pietro marching with the band after last year's LSU football game against Alabama.

At the sight of the giant, people can be heard saying, "There's our left tackle. Holy crap. Wow! Is he on the basketball team?"

He is now.