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History of TUBA CHRISTMAS
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.
Jacksonville TUBA CHRISTMAS
2021 is the 27th anniversary of Jacksonville Tuba Christmas. Beginning in December 1994, 64 Tuba enthusiasts gathered at the Jacksonville Landing to begin what has grown to over 180 Tuba players in 2019. The event was moved in 2019 to the Jacksonville Beach Pavilion, due to the closure of the Landing.
COVID has changed many things for us. Last year registration was limited to 75 participants. This year we are hoping to allow as many participants as possible. Registration will remain on-line, to give us a starting count. Social distance and mask requirements will continue this year. The board will meet to determine all details for the event. Please return to our web site for further updates. The event will be held December 11, 2021. Time and the opening of registration is pending. We hope to see you there.