Tuba Christmas returns to Carleton

November 8, 2018

Vintage Band Festival presents Tuba Christmas 2018 in Northfield, Minnesota on Saturday, December 1 at 3pm. The event will take place in Skinner Memorial Chapel, 405 1st St. E. on the campus of Carleton College. Retired St. Olaf College professor Dr. Paul Niemisto will be the host for the afternoon. Dr. Arthur Haecker, conductor of the St. Olaf College Norseman Band, will be the guest conductor.

Tuba Christmas is an event that brings together euphonium, baritone, Sousaphone and tuba players of all ages to play Christmas carols for the enjoyment of family, friends and the general public. The music made by dozens of low brass instruments playing as a choir is an experience not to be missed, either as a participant or as a listener.

2018 is the 45th anniversary for Tuba Christmas concerts and events, which are presented throughout the world. Tuba Christmas was conceived in 1974 by tubist Harvey Phillips of Indiana University as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. The first Tuba Christmas was conducted by Paul Lavalle in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974.

There are now over 300 Tuba Christmas events produced annually throughout the United States and internationally. Registration for participants in Northfield’s Tuba Christmas will open at noon on December 1. Registration fee is $10. There will be a rehearsal at 1pm and the performance will be at 3pm. Music played at Tuba Christmas will be from “Carols for a Merry Tuba Christmas” which will be available for purchase at registration or can be ordered in advance. Participants should bring a music stand. Details for the event can be found at www.vintagebandfestival.org.

Tuba Christmas 2018 in Northfield is made possible with generous financial assistance from Carleton College.