Tuba festival season is upon us!
October 10, 2019 10:46 AM   Subscribe

You have your OkTubaFests and Octubafests and OcTUBAfests; really, it seems that most fall festivals aren't complete without a tuba component of some kind. As the holiday season approaches, the TubaChristmas phenomenon will begin to take hold for the 46th year in a row. Last year the Kansas City Symphony's TubaChristmas broke the world record for the largest tuba ensemble when they got 835 tuba, Sousaphone, euphonium, and baritone players together to play "Silent Night" all at once. If you prefer to listen to tubas in the summertime, the International Euphonium Tuba Festival will be held in June in Atlanta next year. *Bonus tuba-related content: An enthusiastic reporter accidentally drops his microphone into a sousaphone at a high school pep rally.*
posted by Tuba Toothpaste (12 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
Lotta tubas at the Honk!
posted by sammyo at 11:25 AM on October 10, 2019 [2 favorites]

Needs more Sons of Kemet!
posted by Jacob G at 11:34 AM on October 10, 2019 [2 favorites]

If you can go to the TubaChristmas in Akron, Ohio, you might get to hear 400 tubas and euphoniums play carols under the direction of Tucker Jolly, a delightful music professor with a perfect name the occasion.
posted by straight at 12:01 PM on October 10, 2019 [1 favorite]


posted by Daily Alice at 1:10 PM on October 10, 2019 [6 favorites]

brass players can make bank at Christmas!
posted by thelonius at 1:14 PM on October 10, 2019 [1 favorite]

I played in NYC TubaChristmas lo, many years ago. May or may not have become interested in it because a euph-playing crush of mine was going, but either way I hauled my tuba into Manhattan and played. Mostly I remember being so exhausted afterward that I nearly fell asleep in my dinner at whatever restaurant my parents took me out to celebrate afterward. Also I bought one of the hats. Tuba players unite!
posted by Hold your seahorses at 1:15 PM on October 10, 2019 [3 favorites]

The problem is finding the right tuba store. This city is the tuba capital of the world!
posted by Naberius at 1:45 PM on October 10, 2019 [2 favorites]

Great post. I might skip family Christmas and just enjoy Tuba Christmas instead.
posted by Emmy Rae at 4:21 PM on October 10, 2019 [2 favorites]

This is a really good first post!
posted by Sparky Buttons at 5:15 PM on October 10, 2019 [3 favorites]

Sousaphone, sousaphonesousaphone!
posted by clavdivs at 7:03 PM on October 10, 2019 [1 favorite]

I'd make a joke about a series of tubas, but these are clearly operating in parallel.
posted by zamboni at 7:23 PM on October 10, 2019 [4 favorites]

Sammyo, thank you for the Honk! link. I didn't realized that one of my favorite spring events in Austin is a sister event. All those joyous booming brass is so much better appreciated in person, with kids and dogs underfoot to add to the chaotic energy.
posted by of strange foe at 10:10 AM on October 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

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