NEWBERRY — Tuba Christmas is coming to the Newberry community for the 17th consecutive year on Dec. 9 at the Alumni Music Center Recital Hall on the Newberry College campus.
Tuba Christmas is an international event, started by tubist Harvey Phillips as a way to present tubas and euphoniums (baritone horns) in a beautiful and moving performance of Christmas music arranged specifically for these instruments.
Since its very first performance in Rockefeller Center, 44 years ago, Tuba Christmas has grown and spread to throughout the world. South Carolina has five gatherings, including Newberry.
John Fulmer is the site coordinator for the event and program manager. Bill Long, who presented the first program in Newberry 17 years ago, will emcee and be music director. His wife Janet will be guest conductor.
For those who would like to participate as a musician, registration will be at noon in the Newberry College band room. The registration fee is $10, which will also secure the collectible button. Rehearsal is at 1 p.m. and the performance is at 3 p.m.
Collectible stocking caps, scarves and ear muffs will also be on sale for both the audience and participants. Tuba and euphonium players wishing to participate should contact John Fulmer at 803-924-8480. Bill Long can be reached at 803-321-9004.
The event is open and free to the public. Books on Main will have light snacks and refreshments for sale.