Tuba Christmas Brings Together Hundreds Of Music Lovers For The Holidays
TubaChristmas is a music concert held in cities worldwide that celebrates tuba players! At 2012 TubaChristmas in New York, over 400 tuba players from across the country came together to play holiday carols on the ice rink at Rockefeller Center.
TubaChristmas is a music concert held in cities worldwide that celebrates those who play, teach, and compose music for instruments in the tuba family, including the tuba, sousaphone, baritone, and euphonium, though some participants bring rarer members of the family such as the helicon, ophicleide, serpent and double bell euphonium.
The first TubaChristmas was organized by Harvey G. Phillips to honor his tuba teacher William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day 1902, and was held December 22, 1974, in the ice skating rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center; Paul Lavalle conducted. Over 300 musicians played that day, beginning a holiday tradition. The arrangements of the Christmas carols were written by Alec Wilder, who coincidentally died on Christmas Eve 1980.