So, you've heard of Tuba Christmas, right?

Tuba Christmas brings together tuba and euphonium players for Christmas carols and holiday music. It was created by Harvey G. Phillips, a renowned tuba player, to honor his teacher, William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902.

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The first Tuba Christmas concert took place on December 22, 1974, at the Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink in New York City. Since then, it has grown into a cherished tradition celebrated in various locations worldwide.

The repertoire usually showcases classic Christmas tunes tailored for tubas and euphoniums. Participants dress in joyful attire, and the concerts encourage the audience to join in the seasonal sing-alongs.

In Williston, Tuba Christmas has been a local favorite for 30 years. Initially led by Virgil Severson, it started with a mix of adults, former students, and local musicians. Over time, the focus has shifted to local directors involving students, with some joining as early as 6th grade and continuing through college, even returning after graduation.

This year's band, guided by Chad Askim and coordinated by Helen Askim, will rehearse at the Old Armory on December 2 in the morning, with registration opening at 9:30 am for interested participants. They accommodate those without instruments, so everyone's welcome. For details, reach out to Helen at 701-770-3628; a nominal fee of $10 may apply. The concerts will immediately follow rehearsals.

The day kicks off with a 1:00 pm concert at the Old Armory, followed by an outdoor performance downtown on the corner of Broadway/Main at 2:00 pm (weather permitting), and concludes with a 3:00 pm show at Briarwood. All concerts are free and open to the public. Come and get in the festive spirit.

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