Local Christmas Concert Showcases Tubas

An upcoming Christmas concert will showcase low-register instruments, like the tuba.

Here's News Director Leslie Stratmoen with the report.

A local band director says you simply haven't experienced the true joy of Christmas music until you've heard one of your favorite carols played on the biggest of brass instruments. But, Director Ariel Downing says, you'll get your chance this weekend by coming to the Tuba Christmas concert Saturday at the Holiday Inn in Sheridan.

She says the venue is an absolutely great place to play, because of the size of the hall, and creates a memorable sound.

This 14th annual Tuba Christmas concert in Sheridan coincides with a national event, in an effort to showcase the low-register instruments and bring players of all ages together.

The show's free, and open to the public, and starts at 1:30 in the afternoon. Downing expects about 20 musicians, some coming from the local area and surrounding states. Participation is open to any tuba, baritone or euphonium player.

Registration starts at 9:15 Saturday morning in the band room at Sheridan College, and rehearsal follows at 9:30. There will be a $10 registration fee, and books of specially arranged Christmas carols for purchase. The money goes to the Harvey Phillips Foundation, to help promote Tuba Christmas worldwide. Musicians are asked to bring their own music stand.

Downing is the band director at Big Horn High School. Helping her with the local event is Dale Hoffman, and her co-director is retired band man Richard Parmer who taught for the school district in Lovell.