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Music department to host TubaChristmas

Ricardo Loera

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The music department will be putting on the show TubaChristmas for the Ashland community on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 12 p.m. in the Hugo Young Theatre.

TubaChristmas is open to anyone to the Ashland community. Any tuba, euphonium, or baritone players can participate in the event for $10.

For anyone who is interested in playing in TubaChristmas, the musicians have to register for the event at 10 a.m., the rehearsal for the event starts at 10:20 a.m. and continues until the event starts at noon.

TubaChristmas came to be in 1974 when a tuba professor at Indiana University, Harvey Phillips, wanted to demonstrate a mass ensemble of tubas and euphoniums to the public with an opportunity for all people to join in and play as well.

For AU’s TubaChristmas, the professor of music Dr. Scott Garlock will be conducting and coordinating the show.

“It’s fun for the whole family…the group will play the song first, then I’ll invite the audience to sing along and some people even bring in their own bells to shake and play along to the music,” Garlock said.

This will be Garlock’s 27th year as a leader as he has done this at his previous job and now here at Ashland. He believes it is a great opportunity to get people from all ages to come play their instruments that will mesh well together rather than sound out of sync with a whole band.

“This is the most unique event, because the audience gets in free, but all the participants have to pay a registration fee and for their books,” Garlock said.

The books cost $20 per person and it is necessary to have to play the right notes during each song.

The difficulty of only having a limited time to perform was quickly pushed to the side because he believed those who want to participate are skilled and prepared enough. He also said because of that it will be easier to teach and to be in sync with one another.

The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 and the event is free and open to the public.

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