Tuesday, January 19, 2010

TubaChristmas in Newberry

Every Christmas I look forward to participating in TubaChristmas, a nationwide event in which tuba and euphonium players get together to perform Christmas carols. There are regional events (South Carolina usually has about five around the state) on various days throughout the month of December, and we all use the same book of carols, which are arranged specifically for this instrumentation. Since 2001 I have been playing with the one in Newberry, SC, about 30 miles north of Columbia. Bill Long, the band director at Newberry College, does a fantastic job of organizing and running it every year.

We get together around noon at Newberry College and spend a little over an hour rehearsing around 15 carols, after which we load up and head downtown to Jeze Belles coffee shop to perform. It has become quite a tradition in Newberry, and the coffee shop never fails to be absolutely packed.

A few photos taken during our rehearsal; see if you can find me. :-)

And one that I shot while on stage at the coffee shop


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