It is just not the Christmas holiday until Tuba Christmas heralds in the Holiday Season!
If you’ve never had the thrill of listening to 70+ tubas, sousaphones, euphoniums, baritones and other low brass instruments blaring out yuletide carols, you are really missing something wonderful and it is free to the public.
Started in the 70’s in New York City, there are about 250 Tuba Christmas happenings all over the country. I’d never heard of it till moving here and being as I am attracted to all things weird, I went to my first back in 2003. Haven’t missed one since.
Stan Howell founded our local concert 14 years ago and organizes it each year. His wife, Jean is the chorale master and leads us all in caroling. Our musicians this year ranged in age from 12 to 86 – what a great family hobby, eh?
Also known as the no rehearsal concert, any orchestra welcomes any player that shows up at show time. They’re all playing the same songs using the same arrangements in the same key (mostly B-flat). Wouldn’t it be great if more of life was like that – everybody welcome to play!
Our Tuba Christmas is always the first Saturday of December – that’s when my holidays start.
Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Melli-kliki Maki, Happy Solstice – the Great Spirit is there for all of us, in all its magical, mystical manifestations, the UNI-VERSE is truly one-song. So let’s jingle all the way!