Sunday, December 19, 2010
Merry Tuba Christmas!!!!!
(video from AnnArbor.com)
Merry Tuba - Christmas!!!!
Tuba Christmas is a series of concerts held all over the country where low brass players get together and play Christmas carols. The first Tuba Christmas was December 22, 1974 and was performed at New York's Rockefeller Center. The first concert was held in honor of William Bell, a famous Tuba teacher and performer.
All you need to participate is: an instrument (Tuba, Sousaphone, Euphonium, Baritone), a music stand or lyre, and an official Tuba Christmas carol book which can be purchased at the registration table. Use original Tuba Christmas books only, do not use photo copies. It costs only $5.00, but it is a small price to pay for such a good time.
Some players go as far as to decorate their instruments for the occasion.
At the time I write this, it is probably too late to get involved in any Tuba Christmas concerts, but you can always pen it in the calender for next year. Here is how to find a Tuba Christmas event in your area:
Find a Tuba Christmas location
I personally love this picture:
Wherever you are, please try to make it out to the next one. It is great fun, and you might get to meet some low brass players in your community.
Here are a few links, helpful resources and source materials for this article.
The Official Tuba Christmas Website
Tuba Christmas - Wikipedia
Rochester City Newspaper 12/19/2009
Life.com - Tuba Christmas Photo 1
Life.com - Tuba Christmas Photo 2
Ann Arbor Michigan Tuba Christmas on YouTube