The 19th annual Tuba Christmas in Sheridan will be on Saturday, December 22. Registration is at the Sheridan Wesleyan Church hall at 9:15 a.m., and rehearsal will begin at 9:30 a.m. All participants need to bring a music stand if they have one.
All tuba, baritone and euphonium players are invited to attend. There is a $10.00 registration fee, and books of specially arranged Christmas carols will be available for purchase. The registration fee goes directly to the Harvey Phillips Foundation, to help promote Tuba Christmas worldwide.
The Tuba Christmas band typically involves local musicians, although some performers have come from as far away as Montana, Idaho and Colorado. High school and college players are welcome to join the band, as are adult musicians.
A concert of traditional Christmas carols, free of charge, will be held at the Holiday Inn Atrium at 1:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to take a little time out of this busy holiday season and enjoy the concert. You won’t hear much oom-pah, but you will hear beautiful, deep melodies of the music played by tubas and baritones.
Created by tubist Harvey Phillips in 1973, Tuba Christmas 2018 concerts will be presented throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. Tuba Christmas is an annual event honoring Phillips’ mentor and teacher, William J. Bell. Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages gather to pay respect to all the great artists and teachers who represent their heritage.
Ariel Downing and Dale Hoffmann are local Tuba Christmas coordinators. The tuba-euphonium ensemble will be conducted by Ariel Downing and by Richard Parmer, from Northwest Community College in Powell, WY.