In 1974, Harvey Phillips started a yearly tribute to his teacher and mentor, William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902. Held worldwide, Tuba Christmas is a concert of Christmas music performed by Tube and Euphonium instrumentalists.
I'm not quite sure where I first heard about this but I knew I wanted to attend.Happily, I found out that there would be a Tuba Christmas in Denver while we were there visiting over Christmas last year. A bit quirky, fun, Christmasy and free to attend, it was right up my alley.
Tube and Euphonium players are invited to attend and perform each year. (You can download the sheet music from the Tuba Christmas website and be aware there is a $10 registration fee required for musicians)
We arrived a few minutes before the concert started and stood for several Christmas songs along with a small crowd in a plaza in downtown Denver. There were several family members playing together - moms and sons, dads and daughters, three generations of musicians and even the youngest, who I believe was 11 and the oldest, who was in their 80's. They also announced those who had been playing in Tuba Christmas for years.
It was short, quirky and fun! If you're interested in attending a Tuba Christmas this year, check here to see if your city or one near you is participating.
I hope everyone's holiday preparations are going well. It's been a week of hiccups here at The Unpaved Road - I pulled a calf muscle putting up Christmas decorations - yes, putting up Christmas decorations - we had to send a car to the scrap yard and my computer was having some problems. But I'm counting my blessings for only small problems!
If you celebrate Christmas, where will you be celebrating this year?
This post is part of a link-up with: Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox, Weekend Travel Inspiration at Reflections Enroute, The Weekly Postcard at Travel Notes and Beyond and Weekend Wanderlust Travel Blog Party!