Marshall students, local players to participate in TUBACHRISTMAS Dec. 1

Marshall University tuba and euphonium players are inviting players of those instruments in the Huntington area to join them in the local celebration of “TUBACHRISTMAS.” It’s an annual event that is being celebrated for the 39th time in more than 250 cities throughout the U.S .and in several foreign countries, according to Dr. George Palton, who teaches tuba and euphonium  and is coordinating the event.

TUBACHRISTMAS will take place Saturday, Dec. 1. Registration for participants will start at 10 a.m. and rehearsal will begin at 11 a.m. at the Marshall University-Henderson Center Marching Band Complex. The performance will begin at 2 p.m. at the Huntington Mall.

The ensemble will be conducted by Steve Barnett, MU’s Director of Bands.

TUBACHRISTMAS was created by Harvey Phillips as an annual event honoring his teacher, the late tubist William J. Bell, who was born Christmas Day, 1902.  Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages  gather to pay respect to all the great artists/teachers who represent their heritage.  Every TUBACHRISTMAS performance features traditional Christmas carols specially arranged for the first TUBACHRISTMAS in 1974 by American composer Alec Wilder, who died on Christmas Eve in 1980.

For further information about this event,  call ext. 6-3117 or e-mail Palton at