Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 at 6 p.m. (performance)
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 the Hometown Holidays Festival and Holiday Market presented by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. Join in the fun as the Town of Blacksburg celebrates the season with the annual lighting of the tree on College Avenue and downtown parade. TubaChristmas will make this the best holiday celebration ever! Bring your tubas, euphoniums and all of your friends to downtown Blacksburg on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. 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 (CID LLC)
  • Rehearsal: 4:15 to 5:15pm (CID LLC)
  • Break: 5:15pm to 6pm (Dinner will be provided for the musicians.)  Pizza, hot chocolate, coffee and water. (Location TBD)
  • Performance: 6pm to 7pm, (Henderson Lawn Square, warm weather dress and plastic mouthpieces are in order.) Chairs & music stand 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. To purchase ahead of time:

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

About TubaChristmas
2022 is the 48th anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events which are presented throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through the legendary William J. Bell we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists/teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists. The first TUBACHRISTMAS was conducted by Paul Lavalle in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974. Traditional Christmas music performed at the first TUBACHRISTMAS was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who ironically died on Christmas Eve, 1980. Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium. He was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of our chosen instruments. Through Alec Wilder we express our respect and gratitude to all composers who continue to embrace our instruments with their compositions and contribute to the ever growing solo and ensemble repertoire for tuba and euphonium.

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