|UTPA music students are pictured getting in the holiday spirit to perform at the RGV TubaChristmas concert on Dec. 8 at the UTPA Fieldhouse. The annual event, which includes high school, junior high school, and educators from across the Valley who play instruments in the tuba family, is free and open to the public.|
"TubaChristmas is a music concert held in cities worldwide that celebrates those who play, teach and compose music for instruments in the tuba family," explained UTPA Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Scott Roeder, who co-coordinates the annual event with Jim Egger, head band director at McAllen High School.
The first TubaChristmas was founded in 1974 by legendary tubist Harvey G. Phillips to honor his tuba teacher and mentor William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day. More than 300 musicians played that day at New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink and started a tradition that continues to grow. Any musician can play in a TubaChristmas as long as he or she plays an instrument in the tuba family.
The RGV TubaChristmas has been held annually for more than 25 years. The event, previously held in the McAllen High School auditorium, was moved to the UTPA Fieldhouse in 2012 drawing more than 800 concert attendees. More than 350 high school and junior high school students and educators from almost every public school district in the Valley participate making it one of the largest TubaChristmas events in the country.
All 14 UTPA tuba and euphonium majors will also assist and play in the event. This year's special guest artist for the concert is Dr. Jerry Young, professor emeritus of music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and president of the International Tuba Euphonium Association.
The RGV TubaChristmas is sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities, Department of Music and Dance, Department of Community Engagement, The Harvey Phillips Foundation, Melhart Music and the International Tuba Euphonium Association Chapter at UTPA.
Don't miss this joyous holiday event that will appeal to listeners of all ages. For more information or special accommodations, call (956) 665-3471.