Music Professor to Lead Tuba Christmas Blast

Dr. William Lee, UTC Music Professor and UTC Coordinator of Music Education, will lead fifty local musicians, all tuba and euphonium lovers in a program of mass tuba music at Northgate Mall on Saturday, December 2 at 1 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble of UTC, Northgate Mall, and the Harvey Phillips Foundation.

The TubaChristmas Concert at Northgate Mall is one of over 200 being held across the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. Ages of those participating range from middle school to professionals, all performing Christmas carols and other songs arranged for the event.

TubaChristmas concerts began as a tribute to the memory of renowned tubist William J. Bell, born Christmas Day, 1902. Harvey Phillips, Distinguished Professor of Music at Indiana University started the tradition. He conducts the annual TubaChristmas Concert at Rockefeller Center in New York which involves 500 tuba and euphonium players. The event is televised nationally.

In Chattanooga, the 1999 event was performed before a crowd of 600 people. The tuba and euphonium players came from Chattanooga, Atlanta and Memphis.

Dr. Lee is a specialist in the teaching of music teachers. He has published music for wind instruments and is a researcher in the field of music education. He is on the editorial board of "The Journal of Research in Music Education" and has published many periodicals in his field. Most recently, he published mass tuba and euphonium works with Tuba Press and Cimmaron Press, Inc.

Tubists, euphonium, and baritone players who want to participate in the performance will meet at UTC band room (100 Fine Arts Center) at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 2. There will be a small registration fee and charge for music.

Contact Dr. William R. Lee at 425-5269 or 425-4601 for more information. Donate Food to Thanksgiving Project

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