What do you get when you mix together one dozen tubas, ten euphoniums, and an alto horn?...A whole lot of fun plus some fabulous Christmas music.
The Sheridan Holiday Inn atrium became a concert hall Saturday for the 12th Annual Tuba Christmas. Sponsored by Ariel Downing, she tells us it's a one-of-a kind concert.
Tuba players from across Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho were there to perform in the tuba choir.
Retired band teacher Don Cherni played his euphonium, a smaller version of a tuba. What's amazing is that Don is blind and his sheet music is in braille.
Blind since five, Cherni was a clarinet major in college and picked up the euphonium so he could play in tuba Christmas.
He says learning an instrument is the same whether you can see or not; it's practice, practice and more practice, mixed with desire.
When playing other instruments, Cherni must memorize his music.
Tuba Christmas began at the University of Indiana in 1973.