ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will host its 28th annual "MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS" on the NSU campus in Aberdeen on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Any level player (elementary, junior high, high school, college or adult tuba or euphonium) is eligible to participate. Registration will be 9-9:30 a.m. in the NSU Johnson Fine Arts Center band room, with fee of $8 per person to help cover expenses. Rehearsal will start at 9:30 a.m. and conclude around 11 a.m.
Participants are encouraged to show their holiday spirit. Prizes donated from local sponsors will be awarded to the best-dressed tubist or euphoniumist.
began in 1974 as a tribute to the late tubist William J. Bell. Since that time TUBACHRISTMAS celebrations have spread to all 50 states with hundreds of performances.
The Aberdeen TUBACHRISTMAS was founded in 1985 by former dean of the NSU School of Fine Arts Lonn Sweet. Performances take place annually in Aberdeen, Sioux Falls, Mitchell, Huron, Pierre, and Rapid City.
Dec. 14 Performances
The TUBACHRISTMAS band will perform Saturday at the Lakewood Mall center stage at noon, in Walmart at 1:15 p.m. and at Shopko at 2 p.m. Performance times are approximate; actual starting times may vary.
Official TUBACHRISTMAS scarves and stocking hats will be for sale.
Photo: Back, from left: John Gorr, Alan Birmeier, Robert Conrad, Dr. Boyd Perkins; front, from left: Austin Fordham, Carl Mathwig