In case you missed it, over the weekend Atlanta hosted a big event featuring players from around the state doing their best at their chosen pastime. That’s right. Tuba Christmas was on Friday. It was the 44th anniversary of Tuba Christmas and the 30th anniversary in Atlanta.

Tuba Christmas was started in 1974 by Harvey Phillips, one of the U.S.’s foremost tuba players and advocates. Phillips was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2007 – the only wind instrument to have received the honor. Phillips founded Tuba Christmas as a tribute to his teacher and mentor, William Bell, born on Christmas in 1902. The event hopes to honor all great artists and their teachers, as well as promote and share the sound and artistry of an often misunderstood or overlooked instrument. They play all the classics – from Jingle Bells to Good King Wenceslas. 

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