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Friday, Dec. 3, downtown Blacksburg

All ages and ability levels!
Conducted by Virginia Tech Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands Derek Shapiro

TubaChristmas is coming to Blacksburg to join in the Winter Lights Festival. Join in the fun as the town celebrates with the annual lighting of the tree, parade, and holiday gift market on College Avenue. TubaChristmas will make this the best holiday celebration ever!

Bring your tubas, euphoniums and all of your friends to downtown Blacksburg on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Participants, please RSVP to

Schedule and Details

  • Parking: Kent Square Parking Garage at 207 Draper Rd, Blacksburg, VA 24060
  •  Registration: $10 due at the door - 3:45 to 4:15pm (Department of Music, rm. 243, Squires Virginia Tech)
  • Rehearsal: 4:15 to 5:15pm (Department of Music, rm. 243, Squires Virginia Tech)
  • Break: 5:15pm to 6pm (Dinner will be provided for the musicians.)  Pizza, hot chocolate, coffee and water.
  • Performance: 6pm to 7pm, (Henderson Lawn Square, Warm weather dress and plastic mouthpieces are in order.) Chairs provided as needed.  
  • Available for purchase: TubaChristmas hats and/or scarves – $20.00, Music ‘Carols for a Merry TubaChristmas - $20.00, Commemorative buttons - $10.00.


TubaChristmas is sponsored by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc, the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts, and The Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech.

About TubaChristmas

Created by Harvey Phillips, TUBACHRISTMAS  concerts will be presented in cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. Phillips was inspired to create TUBACHRISTMAS as an annual event honoring his mentor/teacher, the late great tubist William J. Bell (born Christmas Day, 1902). Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages, from specific geographic areas, gather to pay respect - through William J. Bell - to all the great artists/teachers who represent their heritage. Every TUBACHRISTMAS performance features traditional Christmas carols especially arranged (for the first TUBACHRISTMAS, December 22, 1974 on "The Rink at Rockefeller Center") by American composer Alec Wilder (died Christmas Eve, 1980). Through Wilder, TUBACHRISTMAS concerts pay grateful tribute to composers who have embraced these noble instruments with solo and ensemble compositions. Depending on the population of any given geographic area, TUBACHRISTMAS ensembles may attract multiples of 100 participants aged 8 to over 90 years! The warm, rich organ-like sound of the tuba-euphonium choir has won the ears and hearts of every audience. It is no wonder that TUBACHRISTMAS has become an established Christmas tradition in cities throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS is a property and presentation of the HARVEY PHILLIPS FOUNDATION, INC

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