Low brass players invited to annual TubaChristmas!

Contributed Photo: TubaChristmas in Tombstone returns on Saturday, Dec. 12

TOMBSTONE – TubaChristmas in Tombstone returns on Saturday, Dec. 12.   The free concert begins at 1 p.m. at the Tombstone City Park, located at the corner of 3rd and Allen Streets.

The performance features low brass players of all ages from across Cochise County and the state of Arizona.  Anyone who plays the tuba, sousaphone, euphonium, or baritone is invited to participate. 

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“This concert is a unique experience for both the audience and most of our performers,” said Lorie Sheridan, Joyce Clark MS Band Director and euphonium player, who is co-coordinating the annual event with Tombstone resident and euphonium player Larry Bowers. “You don’t often hear this many low brass voices at once.  It’s amazing to see beginners sitting next to people who have been playing their entire lives.”

Each year, a new conductor is selected to lead the ensemble. This year our director is Mike Moyer.

Low brass players interested in performing at TubaChristmas should plan to attend the rehearsal the morning of the concert.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and rehearsal starts at 9 a.m.  The rehearsal spot is TBD right now and will be sent out as soon as possible.

All performers should bring their $10 registration fee, official TubaChristmas music book (limited supply available for purchase in both bass and treble clef, and used at the event every year), horn, and stand to rehearsal.  Performers are strongly urged to consider bell covers and performance masks.  Performers are also encouraged to wear festive attire and decorate their horns.

TubaChristmas was conceived in 1974 by the late tubist Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas day in 1902.  Since then, TubaChristmas concerts have been performed annually at countless venues throughout the world. For more information about Tuba Christmas, visit www.tubachristmas.com.  For more information about the event in Tombstone, call Sheridan at (520) 234-7094 or Bowers at (520) 678-9796.

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