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Massaponax High musicians provided School Board with TubaChristmas

Massaponax High School’s tuba group and Euphonium Ensemble played for the Spotsylvania School Board at tonight’s meeting. The students offered a bit of what’s known as “TubaChristmas,” a musical rendition started in December 1974 in memory of tuba teacher William J. Bell.

The idea came from one of Bell’s music students.

For additional background on TubaChristmas, I turned to Wikipedia, which provided the following:

“TubaChristmas is a music concert held in cities worldwide that celebrates those who play, teach, and compose music for instruments in the tuba family, including the tuba, sousaphone, baritone, and euphonium, though some participants bring rarer members of the family such as the hélicon, ophicleide, serpent and double bell euphonium.

The first TubaChristmas was organized by Harvey G. Phillips to honor his tuba teacher William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day 1902, and was held December 22, 1974 in the ice skating rink at New York City’s Rockefeller Center.”

 The Massaponax group was directed by Corey Koch who chose four Christmas songs for the students to play: “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Members of the Massaponax Band participated in TubaChristmas at the Spotsylvania Towne Centre last weekend.



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