On Monday, about 215 low brass players participated in the annual Tuba Christmas Austin concert. It was a pleasant, sunny day, so a larger-than-usual crowd gathered in front of the Texas State Capitol to listen to the (low) sounds of the season.
Begun 45 years ago in New York City, Tuba Christmas has now become an annual event in many cities and towns throughout the world. Austin’s own Tuba Christmas started in 1975. Geno Gottshall is currently our local coordinator and primary conductor. He also invited others (mostly local band directors) to climb up on the ladder to lead holiday songs.
Tuba Christmas is open to euphonium, tuba, baritone horn, and sousaphone players of all ages. The group practices at a nearby church right before the concerts.
Many participants dress themselves—and their instruments—in season-appropriate attire.
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