Tuba Christmas Presented at Holiday Inn

Ariel Downing, on podium, directs tuba players. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Ariel Downing, on podium, directs tuba players. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan Media reporter Pat Blair attended a special event this weekend. This is her story.


This was the sound of Christmas Saturday afternoon at Sheridan's Holiday Inn.

Nearly 20 people under direction of Ariel Downing presented the Tuba Christmas, which has been a staple of the holidays in Sheridan for 18 years. Downing said in addition to regular tubas, the group included euphoniums, a baritone tuba and three alto horns.

Downing, who's a co-coordinator of the event, explained the choice of instruments for the performance.

Downing said Tuba Christmas was started by a man named Harvey Phillips.

She said euphoniums are smaller members of the musical family that includes tubas.

Players range from high school age to senior citizens, and in order to participate, the players just had to show up at the Wesleyan Church Saturday morning to sign up and get in a rehearsal.

Downing, whose co-coordinator is Dale Hoffman, said the performers through the years have ranged in numbers from 10 to more than 30. She added she has a core of local players who are unstoppable.

View more photos below.

Close-up of players in front row. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Close-up of players in front row. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The audience gathers Saturday. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The audience gathers Saturday. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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