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TubaChristmas Turns 35

Editor | December 2008

    The 2008 TubaChristmas concerts are taking place this year in almost 200 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. Harvey Phillips created the event in 1974 to pay tribute to the legendary tubist William J. Bell, who was Phillips’ teacher. Now every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages gather to pay respect to the great artists and teachers who represent their heritage.
    The performances feature traditional carols arranged by composer Alec Wilder for the first TubaChristmas concert at Rockefeller Plaza in New York on December 22, 1974. This year marks the 35th anniversary of that first performance.
    Last year, the Anaheim TubaChristmas was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest tuba family ensemble of 502 participants. This year, coordinator Pat Paternoster is attempting to break that record with a goal of 1,000 players.