Tubas, you say? Aren’t they the ungainly giants at the rear of bands marching at football games or parades? Don’t they play monotonous low notes, making other instruments sound better? Not at all! Technically, tubas embrace a range of horns including euphoniums, baritone horns, French horns, and, yes, tubas. When played together by talented musicians of the Astoria Tuba Quartet the sounds of the season come alive in a rich, deep sound that will warm and brighten a cool winter’s day.
Tuba Christmas was conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through the legendary William J. Bell we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists/teachers. The first Tuba Christmas was conducted by the late Paul Lavalle in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974.