Thursday, November 21 | Submitted by Jennifer Jester | Downtown Central
Call for Participants for the 40th Anniversary of
Merry TUBACHRISTMAS 2013 in Springfield, MO
Calling all tuba, sousaphone, baritone horn, and euphonium players!
MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS is celebrating its 40th Anniversary (1974-2013).
Created by the late Harvey Phillips, Springfield will be celebrating
MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS as part of the Festival of Lights on Saturday,
December 14, 2013 at 7:30pm. The event will be held as part of the
Over 250 concerts will be presented in cities throughout the United
States and in several foreign countries.
All tuba, sousaphone, baritone horn, and euphonium players in the
region are invited to participate in the event. Registration is $10
and begins at 5:00pm in the lobby of the Abundant Life Covenant Church
on the Square (157 Park Central Square). Rehearsal will be at 5:30pm
and the concert will be at the pavilion across the street on Park
Central Square. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held
in the Abundant Life Covenant Church. For more information visit
www.tubachristmas.com or call Jennifer Jester at (661)645-3891.
Participants are asked to dress festively, bring their Tuba Christmas
Books and apparel (available for purchase at the event), and to
decorate their horns, as prizes will be given for the best decorated
instruments. This event is sponsored by the Urban Districts Alliance,
and the Route 66 Museum.
Born in Aurora, MO, Harvey Phillips, Phillips was inspired to create
TUBACHRISTMAS as an annual event honoring his music teacher, the late
great tubist William J. Bell (born Christmas Day, 1902). Every
Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages, from
specific geographic areas, gather to pay respect to all the great
artists and teachers who represent their heritage. Every TUBACHRISTMAS
performance features special arrangements of traditional Christmas
carols by the late American composer Alec Wilder. TUBACHRISTMAS
concerts pay grateful tribute to composers who have embraced these
noble instruments with solo and ensemble compositions. Depending on
the population of any given geographic area, TUBACHRISTMAS ensembles
may attract multiples of 100 participants aged 8 to over 90 years! The
warm, rich organ-like sound of the tuba-euphonium choir has won the
ears and hearts of every audience. It is no wonder that TUBACHRISTMAS
has become an established Christmas tradition in cities throughout the
world. The first TUBACHRISTMAS was conducted by Paul Lavalle in New
York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974.
Contact for more information:
Jennifer Jester (661)645-3891