Above / The longtime tradition of TubaChristmas is set to entertain during the holiday season at 11AM Sat., Dec. 10 in front of US Bank in downtown Naperville.
Here’s a shout out to all tuba and euphonium players!
“You are invited to participate in this very fun activity, available only to you!” notes David Carroll, a band and music instructor in School District 203 for more than 25 years. Carroll is helping to coordinate this year’s TubaChristmas event with Naperville Municipal Band Conductor Ron Keller. The festive holiday concert will begin at 11AM Sat., Dec. 10
Dozens of musicians from throughout the suburbs arrive to perform the joyful sounds of TubaChristmas.
A brief history as featured on the TubaChristmas website
TubaChristmas 2022 marks the 49th anniversary for concerts/events which are presented throughout the world. The idea for the popular concert was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902.
According to www.tubachristmas.com“through the legendary William J. Bell we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists/teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well-structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists.”
The first TubaChristmas was held in New York City at Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974. Traditional Christmas music performed at that first concert was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who ironically died on Christmas Eve in 1980.
Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium. He was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of our chosen instruments. Through Alec Wilder we express our respect and gratitude to all composers who continue to embrace our instruments with their compositions and contribute to the ever growing solo and ensemble repertoire for tuba and euphonium.
Ages junior high school through adult are invited to perform with their tubas and euphoniums during TubaChristmas.
Naperville TubaChristmas is set for 11AM Sat., Dec. 10
“We use the same music every year, so once you buy it, it is yours to keep and reuse every year,” explained Carroll. “You can also purchase TubaChristmas hats, scarves, buttons, and other cool items.”
All music and some assorted hats and scarves will be available for purchase at the Concert Center. Anyone who wishes to purchase items early may visit the website, www.tubachristmas.com/order.pdf, but orders must be mailed or via phone call. Be sure to ask about turnaround time.
Purchase music labeled “Bass Clef – 6; or buy the ENLARGED Euphonium/Baritone/Tuba in C – 4 parts in score form.
TubaChristmas registration is 9AM with rehearsal at 10AM inside Community Concert Center / Performance is 11AM at US Bank
“Both adults and students participate, so be prepared to rehearse it only once before we perform it,” added Carroll. “I would recommend that students wait until at least 5th grade because the music can be a bit difficult. Feel free to decorate your instrument!”
Many players decorate their instruments.
Details for participants
Registration begins at 9AM Sat., Dec. 10, at the Community Concert Center, located at 55 Concert Lane, behind US Bank and on Washington Street. The rehearsal begins at 10AM inside the Community Concert Center.
Under the direction of Ron Keller and David Carroll, the TubaChristmas performance will begin at 11AM on the south side of US Bank, corner of Washington Street at Jefferson Ave.
Parking is available in the City Parking Deck just south of Concert Center or in spaces around Central Park.
Participant registration fee is $10 per musician. Music is $23. Cash only.
The public is invited to this one-hour holiday performance that includes seasonal songs and Christmas carols. Bundle up and enjoy!
Naperville Municipal Band Holiday Concert is 3PM Dec. 11
For more information about the Naperville Municipal Band and upcoming concerts, visit napervilleband.org. The annual NMB Holiday Concert is scheduled at 3PM Sun., Dec. 11, at the Wentz Concert Hall. Admission is free.