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    Tuba Christmas - Find One and Play!

    Just a reminder that this time of year, and particularly during December, there will be many Tuba Christmas events around the country (world). Over 300 are already scheduled. See the Tuba Christmas web site (http://www.tubachristmas.com/index.html) to find an event near where you live and learn all about Tuba Christmas. Tuba Christmas is for all players of tubas/sousaphones and euphoniums/baritone horns. If you have never participated, try to make it this year. It is a lot of fun, great camaraderie, and audiences around the country love the performances.
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

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    Done many, this year in Tombstone, AZ again. A real hoot!

    DG
    1966 Besson 181 highly modified New Standard
    1918 Hawkes & Son euph 3&1 original
    1917 Conn C/D/Eb mellophone original
    1915 York Bb tenorhorn original

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    Will be doing my first one in Sacramento this year on the 14th. Observed one in Tombstone in 2013, I believe it was. Did a couple in Austin in the early 2000s, one of which was directed by Jukara Kano (I think I have his first name wrong). He got the first PhD in tuba performance awarded for at University of Texas. I had a few lessons from him when he ran the low brass studio at UT San Antonio and I played in a UT San Antonio Tuba Euph quartet where I used my YEP-642 and the other euphoniumist (a senior student) used his brand spanking new YEP-842. What a great musical experience and loved Tuba Christmas on the steps of the capitol at Austin. We played the great musical piece Coming Home from the New World Symphony. Kano is now running a low brass studio in a New England college.

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    TubaChristmas was one of the things on my bucket list when I started playing last spring. I had no idea whether I’d be able to play well enough to participate. I’m now pretty active with a delightful community band, taking solid lessons, and striving to come up with a few new bucket list activities for 2020.
    Although I wish I’d started in low brass 50 or so years ago, the rush that comes from mastering a tricky passage and getting it to sound as I want it to may have been dormant for a while, but darned if it isn’t back full force.TubaChristmas, here I come!

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    There isn't much tricky to play in Tuba Christmas

    It is all scripted 4-part harmony.

    I recommend taking the book to a copy outfit, and have it enlarged.

    You can't have more fun for $10...

    Dennis
    1966 Besson 181 highly modified New Standard
    1918 Hawkes & Son euph 3&1 original
    1917 Conn C/D/Eb mellophone original
    1915 York Bb tenorhorn original

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    Quote Originally Posted by highpitch View Post
    ….I recommend taking the book to a copy outfit, and have it enlarged....
    There is a small sized book (a little hard to read for those with old eyes like me) and then there is a size like standard music (think typewriter paper at 8 1/2 X 11). The larger book is pretty readable. Small one is usually about $20 and the large about $25. Buy it once, then use it year after year. Put the book in your will, Tuba Christmas will be going for years to come.
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

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    When I bought my book, they only had one size...too little.

    I suppose they had enough complaints from us oldsters.

    Dennis
    1966 Besson 181 highly modified New Standard
    1918 Hawkes & Son euph 3&1 original
    1917 Conn C/D/Eb mellophone original
    1915 York Bb tenorhorn original

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    I plan on being there. Tuba Christmas St Paul, Minnesota December the 8th!
    Last edited by John Lebens; 11-28-2019 at 09:09 AM.
    Yamaha YEP 321 and Denis Wick 4AY

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    Buy the TubaChristmas and Tuba Company CDs as well.
    I'm playing lead!
    Jim
    Yamaha 642-II Neo, Wedge 103E, SM3.5
    Yamaha 321, Yamaha 621 Baritone
    Conn 50H trombone
    Blue P-bone
    www.soundcloud.com/jweuph

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    Make sure you have the new version of the books that I typeset and printed at
    1200 dpi laser a few years ago--much easier to read than the older versions
    with 6 generations of 9-pin dot-matrix print. The latest versions have a small
    blurb about me in the front.
    I redid both the large and small versions, as well as the version for treble clef
    euphoniums.
    Jim
    Last edited by Snorlax; 11-28-2019 at 05:01 PM.
    Yamaha 642-II Neo, Wedge 103E, SM3.5
    Yamaha 321, Yamaha 621 Baritone
    Conn 50H trombone
    Blue P-bone
    www.soundcloud.com/jweuph

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