Merry TubaChristmas returns to College for 11th straight year

tubaMarietta College’s Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music will host its 11th annual Merry TubaChristmas on Saturday, Dec. 5 in the Alma McDonough Auditorium.

This event will begin with registration at the Band Rehearsal Hall at the corner of Third and Butler streets from 1-1:30 p.m. The ensemble will rehearse in the Band Hall and will perform a free public concert beginning at 4 p.m.

Area tuba, baritone and euphonium players are invited to participate. Merry Tuba Christmas is free and open to the public.

Merry Tuba Christmas is celebrating its 42nd anniversary. Created by Harvey Phillips, Merry Tuba Christmas concerts will be presented in more than 250 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. Phillips was inspired to create Tuba Christmas as an annual event honoring his teacher, the late great tubist, William J. Bell (born Christmas Day, 1902).

Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages, from specific geographic areas, gather to pay respect — through William J. Bell — to all the great artists/teachers who represent their heritage. Every Tuba Christmas performance features traditional Christmas carols specially arranged for the first Tuba Christmas (Dec. 22, 1974 on “The Rink at Rockefeller Center” by American composer Alec Wilder (died Christmas Eve, 1980). Through Wilder, Tuba Christmas concerts pay grateful tribute to composers who have embraced these noble instruments with solo and ensemble compositions.

Depending on the population of any given geographic area, Tuba Christmas ensembles may attract multiple of 100 participants aged 8-90 years.