A Very Merry Tuba Christmas

Eighty year-old Mo Campbell was the oldest member of the Tuba Christmas concert held Saturday at the Sheridan Holiday Inn.
Eighty year-old Mo Campbell was the oldest member of the Tuba Christmas concert held Saturday at the Sheridan Holiday Inn.

Over thirty tuba-toting band members took center stage at the Holiday Inn atrium Saturday afternoon for Sheridan’s 11th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert. Playing a wide variety of traditional Christmas music, it was a delightful concert attended by over 200 tuba music enthusiasts and all done with only one practice that morning.

A world-wide event which began in 1974, Ariel Downing has directed Tuba Christmas in Sheridan since its local beginning and she explains, “Why tubas?”

Most of the tuba players were from the area and were of all ages from junior high to retired, including the oldest band member, 80-year-old Mo Campbell. A few – about 50 – traveled from as far away as Idaho and Montana to be a part. Tuba music is the kind of music you can feel all the way down to your toes.

The first Tuba Christmas was performed at New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink.

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