We’re all about that bass! In just three days, musicians in our community will gather to celebrate the largest and lowest-pitched brass instrument for Calgary’s seventh annual holiday Tuba Fest. If you love music, then break out your tuba and ugly Christmas sweater – this event is for you!

Celebrated internationally throughout the year, Tuba Fest gives low brass enthusiasts of all levels the opportunity to learn and play music specially arranged for the tuba alongside professional musicians. Calgary’s Tuba Fest is organized by Nathan Gingrich, the music teacher at William Aberhart High School, and is sponsored by local music organizations and businesses including the Calgary Stampede Showband, St. John’s Music, Music Makes Us: Coalition for Music Education, Calgary Arts Development, Long & McQuade, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and The City of Calgary. The festivities of Tuba Fest will culminate in a joint performance that is open to the public with the Foothills Brass Quintet.

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Tuba, euphonium, and baritone players are invited to participate in this fun holiday event on Saturday, December 13. Registration is FREE with a donation to the Calgary Food Bank. Full details are available on the Showband’s Facebook page, but here’s the most important information:

  • Registration starts at 9:30am at Hope Lutheran Church and rehearsal begins at 10:00am. There will be a break at 12:00pm.
  • Music can be downloaded at http://musicmakesus.ca/celebrate/tubafest
  • Musicians need to bring their own instruments and music stands.
  • Dress festively!
  • You’ll get a free Tuba Fest t-shirt!

If you don’t play the tuba, but appreciate great holiday music and are looking for an affordable way to spend your Saturday afternoon, join us for the concert with Foothills Brass at 2:00pm at Hope Lutheran Church. Tickets will be available at the door (pay what you can). We hope to see you there!