Friday, December 10, 2004

Tuba Christmas

I just got back from the West Lafayette Tuba Christmas. Jay Gephardt of Purdue Bands has led this group the last couple of years, and once again, it was a great show.

Tuba SantasFifty-Three tuba and euphonium players (not pictured) gathered in the west lobby of Stewart Center an hour before the Purdue Jazz Bands and American Music Review concert. They played approximately 10 traditional holiday songs arranged for the low brass. In between selections, Jay talked about the history of Tuba Christmas and the people who made it possible.

The arrangements are simple, yet inventive. "Away in a Manger" comes off quite well. The crowd favorite is "Jingle Bells" with a quote from "National Emblem" in the break.

Thanks to Jay and all the Tuba Santas. See you next year!

Tuba Santas! Lovethe Tuba Santas! This has to be one of the greatest ideas, ever, for the performance of Christmas music. They even have cool ads.
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