The Late Movies: TubaChristmas

Erica Palan

For the last 36 years, tuba (and euphonium) players all over the world have gathered to celebrate the holiday season by playing traditional Christmas tunes together. Conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late William J. Bell, the premier tuba player and teacher in America during the first half of the 20th century, the first TubaChristmas was held at New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink. Since then, the event has grown worldwide, with events happening everywhere from San Francisco to Switzerland. Many of the musicians will “dress up” their horns with festive decorations. Here’s a taste of some recent TubaChristmas gatherings.

New York, 2008

“Jingle Bells”

Chicago, 2006

“O Come Let Us Adore Him”

Kansas City, 2007

“Carol of the Bells”

Philadelphia, 2007

“Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel”

Sioux Falls, 2008

“The First Noel”

Colorado Springs, 2010

“Oh Little Town of Bethlehem”

Baltimore, 2010

“Angels We Have Heard on High”

London, 2008

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

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