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Merry TubaChristmas (The Kennedy Center)

Merry TubaChristmas

Merry TUBACHRISTMAS! is an annual concert series first conducted by the late Paul Lavalle in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974. This event, conceived by Harvey Phillips, is a tribute to the late tuba player and teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day in 1902. Through Mr. Bell, TUBACHRISTMAS participants honor all great artists and teachers whose legacy includes high performance standards, well-structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values, and camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists.

Upcoming Millennium Stage Performances

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Merry TubaChristmas

12/10/14: Merry TubaChristmas

This year marks the 41st anniversary of this holiday tradition, founded by Harvey Phillips, in which hundreds of tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from the area come together to perform traditional Christmas music. Rehearsal starts at 3 p.m.; performance begins at 6 p.m.


Watch Past Performances

<i>MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS!</i> 12/18/13: MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS!

This year marks the 40th anniversary of this holiday tradition founded by Harvey Phillips in which 300 local tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players perform traditional Christmas music. Grab your instrument and arrive for rehearsal at 3 p.m.

MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS!

This year marks the 40th anniversary of this holiday tradition founded by Harvey Phillips in which 300 local tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players perform traditional Christmas music. Grab your instrument and arrive for rehearsal at 3 p.m.
<i>MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS!</i> 12/13/12: MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS!

This year marks the 39th anniversary of this holiday tradition founded by Harvey Phillips in which tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from around D.C. play traditional Christmas music. Grab your instrument and arrive for rehearsal at 3 p.m.

MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS!

This year marks the 39th anniversary of this holiday tradition founded by Harvey Phillips in which tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from around D.C. play traditional Christmas music. Grab your instrument and arrive for rehearsal at 3 p.m.
MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS! 12/7/11: MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS!

This year marks the 38th anniversary of this holiday tradition founded by the late Harvey Phillips in which tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from around D.C. play traditional Christmas music. Grab your instrument and arrive for rehearsal at 3 p.m.

MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS!

This year marks the 38th anniversary of this holiday tradition founded by the late Harvey Phillips in which tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from around D.C. play traditional Christmas music. Grab your instrument and arrive for rehearsal at 3 p.m.
MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS! 12/8/10: MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS!

This year marks the 37th anniversary of this holiday tradition founded by the late Harvey Phillips in which tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from around D.C. play traditional Christmas music. Grab your instrument and arrive for rehearsal at 3 p.m.

MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS!

This year marks the 37th anniversary of this holiday tradition founded by the late Harvey Phillips in which tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from around D.C. play traditional Christmas music. Grab your instrument and arrive for rehearsal at 3 p.m.

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