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Tuba Players Invited to Play at KSC Christmas Concert

KEENE, N.H. 11/16/05 - All area tuba and euphonium (baritone horn) players are invited to perform in the 16th annual TUBA CHRISTMAS concert organized by Douglas Nelson, professor of music at Keene State College, on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room of the L.P. Young Student Center at Keene State.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., rehearsal at 11:00 a.m., to prepare for the concert, which is free and open to the public. Registration, rehearsal, and the concert take place in the Student Center. Musicians interested in participating in TUBA CHRISTMAS only need to bring their tuba or euphonium. All music and a music stand will be furnished at the rehearsal. Players are asked to dress in festive green and red attire for the performance; those who do will be given a pizza lunch.

Each musician is asked to pay a $5 entry fee to benefit the Harvey Phillips Foundation, the nonprofit organization that funds TUBA CHRISTMAS concerts nationwide. For further information, call 603-358-2182.

This is the 16th year that Doug Nelson has gathered tuba players of all talents in one location to herald the holidays with Christmas carols and hymns. He launched the Monadnock region’s TUBA CHRISTMAS tradition at Colony Mill Marketplace in Keene, but after it began to draw more players and larger audiences than could fit comfortably in the shopping mall, he moved it to Keene State. In 2004 nearly 50 musicians played to a large crowd at the Student Center.

TUBA CHRISTMAS concerts are held throughout the world to pay tribute to musicians, composers, and educators who embrace the instrument. The first took place in New York City on Dec. 22, 1974, to honor William J. Bell, considered the father of the tuba.

The Keene State TUBA CHRISTMAS is meant to expose people to the sounds of the tuba and the euphonium, which are not usually heard as solo instruments. Nelson, whose primary instrument was the euphonium, says it’s a wonderful instrument that has the same range as the trombone but a more mellow tone. The tuba is recognized by everyone for its size, but few people have heard its deep bass pitch as the only sound filling a concert hall.

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