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Tubachristmas in Florence is coming back Friday downtown

December 3, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – Pee Dee Tubachristmas is looking for players in the region to participate in its second Christmas concert.

The concert, at 8:30 p.m. Friday, will be part of the Florence Downtown Christmas Magic event from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of West Evans Street. Rehearsal will take place at 7 p.m. Friday. All tuba, baritone and euphonium players are welcome to participate.

“We are asking tuba players of all ages to come join us to bring holiday cheer and showcase the instrument,” event co-organizer John Russell said in a press release. “This year we are thrilled to be the closing musical group for the Downtown Christmas Magic event in downtown Florence. We have a lot of fun playing Christmas carols together, decorating our instruments and sharing the unique sound of our instruments.”

The Pee Dee area concert is a part of a greater nationwide event that has been taking part for 45 years. Each December in more than 300 cities throughout the United States and in several countries around the world, tuba players gather to play Christmas music.

Harvey Phillips created Merry Tubachristmas in 1974 as a way to honor his teacher, William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902. Phillips held the first concert at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Since its inception, Tubachristmas ensembles have had up to 100 participants in various ensembles.

Participants will play pieces from the “Merry Tubachristmas Carols” songbook, such as “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night.”

Tuba, euphonium or baritone players who are interested in the second annual Pee Dee Tubachristmas should search for Pee Dee Tubachristmas on Facebook or email Russell at jrussellphoto@yahoo.com.

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