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TubaChristmas Concert

December 10, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

All tuba, sousaphone, baritone and euphonium players are invited to participate  – regardless of age or skill level – in the 2nd Annual River Valley TubaChristmas Concert. Registration for performers will begin at 8:30 a.m. and rehearsal will begin at 9 a.m. for the free 11:30 a.m. public concert. Music will be provided for performers and will also be available for purchase. Performers are encouraged to decorate their instruments for Christmas. All performers will receive a special button commemorating the event.
Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite lawn chair and come enjoy fantastic Christmas music in an enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere with a special visit by Santa Claus and complimentary Hot Cocoa and Christmas Cookies. 
"TubaChristmas" is a concert of well-known and loved Christmas music performed by Tuba and Euphonium players. Concerts are held in cities worldwide and celebrate those who play, teach and compose music for instruments in the tuba family, including the tuba, sousaphone, baritone and euphonium; though some participants bring rarer members of the family such as the helicon, ophicleide, serpent and double bell euphonium. This year’s event will feature special guests from Washington, D.C., who will headline and perform with the local ensemble. Our guests are members from The President’s Own United States Marine Band and Pershing’s Own United States Army Band! As an added bonus, student performers will be invited to a private concert & teaching session with the special guests. This special concert and master class/teaching session will take place in the same location, open only to students/performers and their families, who attend and perform. Guests include: Euphonium player Staff Sergeant Hiram Diaz joined "The President's Own" United States Marine Band in January 2012. Staff Sgt. Diaz began his musical instruction at age 12. He graduated in 2003 from the New World School of the Arts in Miami and continued his education at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he earned a bachelor's degree in music performance in 2007. He is currently pursuing his master's degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, where he studies with euphonium professor Brian Bowman. His instructors also included Timothy Northcut of CCM and Jay Bertolet, former principal tuba with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to joining "The President's Own," Staff Sgt. Diaz was a member of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band (283d Army Band) in Ft. Benning, Ga. Staff Sgt. Diaz performs with the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra at the White House, in the Washington, D.C., area, and across the country during the band's annual concert tour. Euphonium player SSG Jeremy McBride, a native of San Antonio, Texas, fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a member of The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band in 2013. Prior to joining “Pershing’s Own,” SSG McBride was an active freelance musician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and a highly sought after private euphonium instructor. At any given time, his private studio held 70 talented middle school and high school euphonium students. As an ensemble performer, SSG McBride performed regularly with notable organizations such as the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, The Imperial Brass, the Texas Star Brass Band, and the Dallas Civic Wind Ensemble. Throughout his musical career, SSG McBride has successfully competed in numerous major euphonium competitions. In 2005, he took first place in the Euphonium Artist Division of the International Leonard Falcone Euphonium Competition in Twin Lake, Michigan. SSG McBride earned his undergraduate degree at Baylor University in Music Education and has completed degree work toward a master’s degree in music performance at the University of North Texas. Tuba player, Gunnery Sergeant Chris Tiedeman grew up in Tacoma, Washington. His parents were both music teachers and got Chris started playing the tuba when he was six years old. Chris played in various area music ensembles in Washington including the Pacific Lutheran University Wind Ensemble and the Tacoma Concert Band. Chris also won the International Tuba and Euphonium Association's solo competition in 2000. He then attended the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Don Harry. Chris joined “The President's Own” U.S. Marine Band in the spring of 2002. The first TUBACHRISTMAS was organized by Harvey G. Phillips to honor his tuba teacher William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day 1902, and was held December 22, 1974 in the Ice Skating Rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center. There were more than 300 musicians who played that day, beginning a holiday tradition. The arrangements of the Christmas carols were written by Alec Wilder, who coincidentally died on Christmas Eve, 1980. For more information, please contact Erick Wiggins at 479-926-4794 or feel free to visit our webpage at: facebook.com/RiverValleyTubaChristmas

Admission: Free.

Event Location and Contact Information:
Riverfront Pavilion
100 North B Street
Fort Smith, Arkansas


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