BRANDON, MB – TubaChristmas is coming to Brandon this weekend, and Aaron Wilson from the Brandon University (BU) School of Music is inviting everyone to get involved by playing or attending the performance of seasonal music played on tubas.
“This is the very first TubaChristmas in Brandon,” says Wilson, the new Assistant Professor of Low Brass at BU, “but the event has been held for the last 40 years in North America and around the world.”
Any musician playing an instrument in the tuba family – including tuba, sousaphone, baritone, and euphonium – can take part in the TubaChristmas concert. Musicians will register and rehearse at Brandon University before performing an hour’s worth of festive tunes at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. There is a nominal participant fee.
“All skill levels, all ages are welcome,” says Wilson, who is hoping that 30 or more will take up their brass in Brandon’s inaugural event. “Come out to play or listen,” he adds. “This will be a performance to remember!”
The first TubaChristmas was organized by Harvey G. Phillips in 1974 to honor his tuba teacher who was born on Christmas Day, 1902. Over 300 musicians played that day at the ice skating rink at New York City’s Rockefeller Center. Wilson says he played in a TubaChristmas in North Carolina which featured 120 players, including musicians in their 80s and instruments decorated with lights and costumes.
For more information about Brandon’s 1st Annual TubaChristmas, including registration details, please visit https://www.brandonu.ca/music/event/tubachristmas/.
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