Portland Tuba Christmas 2013

This was Ruairi’s first year playing his tuba at the annual Portland Tuba Christmas concert.  Tuba Christmas is an event that takes place in over 350 cities around the world each year.  It is open to anyone who plays a tuba (or member of the tuba family).  This year in Portland there were 300 (yes, that’s three HUNDRED) tuba players who gathered for a morning rehearsal & afternoon concert in Pioneer Courthouse Square.  There is nothing else in the world that sounds like 300 tubas playing Christmas carols in 4-part harmony!

The players ranged in age from 10 to 78, and they played tubas, sousaphones, baritones, euphoniums, and other variations of tubas.  Ruairi (playing a 3/4 size concert tuba) and his friend Ryan (playing a euphonium) had a wonderful time!

This arrangement of “Jingle Bells” was written especially for tubas (there’s a musical surprise in the middle!).  I’m sorry the video quality is not so good, but hopefully you can make out the row of 24+ sousaphone players standing at the back of the group.  Here’s a link to the video:

Portland Tuba Christmas 2013 – Jingle Bells!

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