In December of 2005 the Department of Music celebrated their fourth annual TUBACHRISTMAS with a perforamnce at the St. Cloud Veterans Administration Hospital. Over 200 veterans and staff of the hospital enjoyed music performed by over 40 tubas, baritones, euphoniums, and trombones.
Members ranged from 13 to 76 years old including local community musicians, retired band directors, music department faculty, and music department students.
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Musicians from the 2005 TUBACHRISTMAS including Dr. Mark Springer, Chair of the Music Department and Dr. Tim Wolenzien, Assistant Professor of Music Education.
TUBACHRISTMAS 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 whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists.
The first TUBACHRISTMAS was conducted by the late Paul Lavalle in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974. Traditional Christmas music was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who ironically died on Christmas Eve, 1980. Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium. He was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of our chosen instruments. Through Alec Wilder we express our respect and gratitude to all composers who continue to embrace our instruments with their compositions and contribute to the ever growing solo and ensemble repertoire for tuba and euphonium.
Harvey G. Phillips, President
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