Ann Campbell, Mayor of the city of Ames, Iowa has proclaimed this coming Saturday, December 9, 2017 as “TUBACHRISTMAS DAY” in Ames.
TUBACHRISTMAS concerts were conceived in 1974 by renowned tubist Harvey G. Phillips and have become an annual holiday tradition in 250 cities throughout the world. This unique event brings together tuba and euphonium players of all ages to present public concerts of traditional Christmas carols.
This year is the eighth TUBACHRISTMAS in Ames. Due to audience demand, two performances will be presented. The first will be at 11:00 am and the second at 1:30 pm. Both performances will be at the First United Methodist Church (516 Kellogg Avenue) in Ames.
TUBACHRISTMAS is coordinated and conducted by Michael Golemo, Director of Bands at Iowa State University and Director of the Ames Municipal Band. The national honorary band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, assists with the event. The hour-long concert is free, fun and family-friendly. Players display holiday spirit by decorating their instruments and wearing festive outfits. The audience can sing and enjoy“tuba humor” by emcee John Burnett-Larkins.
According to Golemo, “We hope to again have over 100 tuba and euphonium players participate.” Information for those who would like to play is at www.amestubachristmas.com.
First United Methodist Church will offer a community-wide lunch on Saturday, the same day as TUBACHRISTMAS. Homemade bars and cookies, sandwiches and beverages will be served between the performances. Monies raised go to “Food at First.”
Hy-Vee as well as North Grand Mall and Cinema are supporters of Ames TUBACHRISTMAS. North Grand Mall and Cinema is providing theatre passes as prizes for the Best Decorated Instrument (tuba and euphonium), the Oldest and Youngest Players, and the Player Who Traveled the Farthest. Hy-Vee is providing refreshments for the tuba and euphonium players.
For more information, visit www.amestubachristmas.com.
Submitted by Ames TUBACHRISTMAS