The joy of Christmas meets the joy of tubas — as a gift to the public — on Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Stephenville TubaChristmas Concert at First United Medthodist Church in Stephenville.
The concert, free of charge and open to everyone, is set to start at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church, at 328 W. Washington St. The conductor will be Michael Childs, director of bands at Stephenville High School.
Mayor Doug Svien issued a proclamation during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting that Dec. 1 will be TubaChristmas Day in Stephenville.
This marks the 46th year for TubaChristmas events worldwide. Stephenville TubaChristmas coordinator James Woodward said there were more than 300 of them last year, including almost 30 in Texas alone.
The TubaChristmas concert is open to participation from tuba and euphonium (baritone tuba) players of all ages from intermediate schools, middle schools, junior high schools, high schools, colleges — along with adults.
Woodward said the event is “an opportunity for tuba and euphonium players of all ages to come together and perform a Christmas concert as a gift to the public.”
Woodward noted that copies of the music, “Carols for a Merry TubaChristmas,” can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org ($20) or ordered online (tubachristmas.com/merchandise.htm) ($23). Music will be available for purchase during registration ($20) on the day of the event.
Woodward noted, “Musicians are encouraged to dress in festive holiday attire and to decorate their instruments in the holiday spirit. The program will consist of Christmas Carols arranged for euphonium and tuba. Audience members will be invited to sing along.”
This will be the second consecutive year for the local TubaChristmas event, and Woodward hopes it will be an annual holiday fixture.
Woodward said that tuba and euphonium players who would like to participate in the event should send a message via email to email@example.com as soon as possible. Last year’s inaugural TubaChristmas event featured 16 performers, according to Woodward. Performers must register on site and provide a $10 registration fee between 2:30-3:15 p.m. on the day of the event.
More information on the local even can be found on the Stephenville TubaChristmas Facebook page. More on the tuba Christmas phenomenon can be found online at tubachristmas.com.