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Tuba Christmas

Tuba Christmas

By Kevin Mcafoos

Monday, Dec. 7, Cass Midway band students senior Hunter Oakes, junior Taylor Mayfield, and band director Tracy Smith participated in Tuba Christmas. Tuba Christmas is an annual event hosted by the Kansas City Symphony and held in Helzberg Hall within the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Over the two-day event more than 700 people played the Tuba or Euphonium together in harmony. These musicians practice for an hour before they debut their free concert. During the concert the audience that fills the Helzberg Hall is encouraged to sing along with the songs.

Conductor Scott Watson, a Kansas University tuba professor, led the ensemble in songs such as “Deck the Halls,” “The First Noel,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” and many more traditional Christmas songs. Watson has led the ensemble for the last seven years.

Watson stated, “The primary purpose for this, besides having some musical fun, is to get students excited about instruments.”

“Tuba Christmas is a unique experience that turns traditional christmas music into a form of art produced by the tuba family. There is nothing quite like hearing 300 low brass instruments playing Christmas music.” said Hunter Oakes.

Band Director Tracy Smith said “It was tuba-rrific.”