Welcome to the Jacksonville Tuba Christmas 2021!

We are VERY excited that you are participating in this unique holiday experience!

Day of the event:
Please arrive on-time for set up so that we can begin rehearsing on time.

Please wear festive holiday garb and feel free to decorate your horn (make sure it can still play!).  Take some time to review your sheet music and make sure you are comfortable using your cell phone or tablet if you are using electronic display.   Some of the music may be more difficult than some of our younger members are used to playing – if this is the case for you or your young musician, it is OK!   Just play what you can – we’ll have nearly 200 tubas so not everyone has to play every note for this to be a great experience.

Please bring:   Your sheet music (either printed or electronic is ok), a music stand if you need one, your horn and mouthpiece, bring your own water (the site doesn’t have nearby water access).  Also – remember to bring money for lunch.

If you wish to participate but want to be placed socially distanced, please show up on time for set-up and communicate your needs to Mr. Van Eck the morning of.  If you are not feeling well  – please stay home.

If you require any special accommodation to participate, please reach out to us as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you!

Robb Van Eck – President

Registration for performers.

The registration fee will be $5.00 for students and band directors, $10.00 for non-student adults. Cut off for registration will be midnight Dec. 10th. After Midnight on the 10th the fee will be $15.00 per person paid at the registration table.day of the event.
The link below will forward to the registration form.

Support Tuba Christmas make a donation.

Schedule for performers

9:00 a.m. Check-In (All participants must pre-register. No walk-ons will be allowed)

10:00 a.m. Rehearsal

12:00 p.m. Lunch (On your own)

1:30 p.m. Performance

2:45 p.m. Finale

Guidelines for performers

1.  Walk-up performers day of event $15.00.

2.  Masks and distancing at member’s preference – we will do our best to accommodate. 

3.  Downloadable music only.  No handouts.

4.  One player per stand.


Jacksonville TUBACHRISTMAS 2021

2021 is the 48th anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events which are presented throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. 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 conducted by Paul Lavalle in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974. Traditional Christmas music performed at the first TUBACHRISTMAS was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who ironically died on Christmas Eve, 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.