Yup, tubas playing Christmas music. Tubas, just tubas. How many tubas, you ask? About 250 tubas. It's called Tuba Christmas, and it's an event that happens all over the country and internationally during the holidays. The tuba players in Denver were anywhere from seven years old to 90 years old, and players had a variety of style of tubas and decorations on their tubas. It's a beautiful, fun event we were excited to witness, along with hundreds of other people in Denver.
|The tuba player for DeVotchKa.|
For Tuba Christmas, tuba players in the city, and some who travel from across the county, bring their tubas and, after one practice as a group, perform in the city! They played all the Christmas holiday favorites like "Jingle Bells", "Frosty the Snowman", and "Silent Night". When talking about the event, Andy, a former tuba player, acknowledged that tubas aren't often the soloists for a reason. But watching all the tubas perform live, you wouldn't have known it! They sounded beautiful.
As our group was leaving the Tuba Christmas performance, we overheard three women walking towards it ask the family in front of us what was going on with the crowd of people up ahead. After hearing about Tuba Christmas, one of the women commented "...that's a lot of motherf**cking tubas!"
Indeed, ma'am, it is.