Calling All Tuba Players!

All ages and ability levels!
TubaChristmas is coming to Blacksburg to join in the holiday festivities, the Winter Lights Festival. Join in the fun as downtown Blacksburg celebrates with the annual lighting of the tree, parade, Holiday Market and more. TubaChristmas will make this the best holiday celebration ever! Bring your tubas, euphoniums and all of your friends to downtown Blacksburg on Friday, December 3rd, 2010.

Participants, please RSVP to

Schedule and Details:
• Parking: Kent Square Parking Garage – 207 Draper Rd, Blacksburg, VA 24060.
• Registration: 3:00 to 4:00pm – $5.00 per musician (Department of Music, rm. 243, Squires Virginia Tech)
• Rehearsal: 4:00 to 5:15pm (Department of Music, rm. 243, Squires Virginia Tech)
• Break: 5:15pm to 6pm (Dinner will be provided for the musicians.) Pizza, hot chocolate, coffee and water.
• Performance: 6pm to 7pm, (Parking lot of NBB, Outside under tents with heaters. Warm weather dress and plastic mouthpieces are in order.)
• Available for purchase: TubaChristmas hats and/or scarves – $15.00, Music ‘Carols for a Merry TubaChristmas – $15.00, Commemorative buttons – $3.00.

TubaChristmas is sponsored by the Downtown Merchants of Blacksburg and the Department of Music at Virginia Tech

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About TubaChristmas
Harvey Phillips, called the “Paganini of the Tuba.” Sadly, Harvey died on Wednesday October 20, 2010 at age 81 in Bloomington, Ind. In 2007, while serving as distinguished professor emeritus at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, he added another honor to one of the most remarkable careers in modern American musical history. He became the first brass player and first wind player chosen for induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. Merry TubaChristmas is celebrating its 36th Anniversary (1974-2009). Created by Harvey Phillips, Merry TubaChristmas 2010 concerts will be presented in over 200 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. Phillips was inspired to create TUBACHRISTMAS as an annual event honoring his 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 – through William J. Bell – to all the great artists/teachers who represent their heritage. Every TUBACHRISTMAS performance features traditional Christmas carols especially arranged for the first TUBACHRISTMAS, (December 22, 1974 in NYC’s Rockefeller Plaza) by American composer Alec Wilder (died Christmas Eve, 1980). Through 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 85 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 is an established Christmas tradition in cities throughout the world.

TUBACHRISTMAS is a property and presentation of the
P.O. Box 933 • Bloomington, IN 47402-0933
(812) 824-8833 • FAX (812) 824-4462
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“. . .dedicated to developing, expanding, and preserving the music arts. . .”


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