Ready for Tuba Christmas?

November 27, 2018

Tuba Christmas Dallas 2013, at Thanksgiving Square. Screen capture from YouTube

Tuba Christmas Dallas 2013, at Thanksgiving Square. Screen capture from YouTube

One of my musical goals is to play Tuba Christmas.

CBS Sunday Morning sorta explained why back in 2013.

I haven’t had a Sousaphone, or anything else close to a tuba since 1971. So, to be ready to play is a real stretch.

Son Kenny’s euphonium is here at the house, too big for his New York City closets. It calls to me like a siren. But there are mouthpiece problems . . . mostly resolved. And now I have the music, and a CD to practice with.

Dallas’s Tuba Christmas is December 24. Denton is December 22, and Fort Worth is December 21. Wish me luck, and some good lip.

Do you support Tuba Christmas in your town? Do you play?

A rehearsal for Tuba Christmas Dallas in 2016, from Russell Amaya.



Tuba Christmas in Dallas, today at noon

December 24, 2010

Tuba Christmas!  Today, in Dallas!

DALLAS – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24 – TIME: 12:00 noon [2010]
LOCATION: Thanks-Giving Square, corner of Bryan, Ervay & Pacific Streets, Downtown
NOTE: Local sponsorship provided by Brook Mays Music, McKay Music, Mr.E’s Music and Houghton Music.

It’s cold and looking like rain — dress warmly.

Tuba Christmas, by Stephen Ferris,

Tuba Christmas, by Stephen Ferris. You can own this print:; click on the picture to go to his gallery

Tip of the old scrub brush for the artwork to Donald Miller.  Yes, that Donald Miller.

[Donald Miller said, at his blog, way back in 2008:

*Stephen Ferris’ artwork, “Tuba Christmas” is significant because it is a painting of the Portland site. The tent, under which the tubas are organized, is a staple. And the man in the hat is Dr. John Richards, who played in the Oregon Symphony for many years. He actually wears that hat each year because he also drives a submarine.]

Tuba Christmas near you?

November 28, 2010

Did I mention I really like a good tuba melody?  No, not the oompah back-up — I love it when tubas take the lead, when they sing as only a tuba can.

It’s that time of year I get a chance to hear organized tuba playing for Tuba Christmas.

Like here, in Dallas, at Thanksgiving Square  — the 31st annual Tuba Christmas (2008):

In Texas, the first performance I know of is in Brenham (home of Blue Bell Ice Cream!) on December 3; Amarillo is December 4.   Dallas is set for December 24, at Thanksgiving Square once again.

Is there a Tuba Christmas peformance near you?  Check the website of the Harvey Phillips Foundation, which promotes and organizes the events.

Do you play tuba, or euphonium (baritone), or Sousaphone?

Is America a great place, or what?

Tuba Christmas, St. Louis!

December 10, 2007

I love a good tuba tune — I love all the low brass.  Tuba Christmas is one of the great joys of this season.  It may be better than the sing-along “Messiah!”

Tuba Christmas at Rockefeller Center, NYC - Voice of America photograph

Photo at left:  Tuba Christmas at Rockefeller Center, New York City, 2006; Voice of America photograph

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a good slide show on Tuba Christmas in St. Louis this year.

Not to brag, but there are 21 Tuba Christmas events set for Texas this year, equal to the total of California and New York together.  (That link shows events in all states.)

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