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A large and talented crowd of performers turned out for TUBACHRISTMAS-Menomonie 2016.

The Ludington Guard Band of Menomonie announces that the sixth annual TUBACHRISTMAS Menomonie is set for 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 at St Joseph’s Catholic Church (910 Wilson Ave.)

Created by Harvey Phillips, TUBACHRISTMAS concerts have been held annually since 1974 in more than 250 cities throughout the United States and several foreign countries. Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages gather in their respective geographic areas to pay tribute to all great artists and teachers who represent their heritage. The concerts feature traditional Christmas carols arranged by American composer Alec Wilder.

Event co-coordinators are Dr. Carroll Rund, Anita Keeler, Jessica Keeler and Bill Baldwin. The ensemble will be conducted by Kim Johns and also feature special guest conductors.

Christmas Cheer — made up of members of the Menomonie Singers and led by Juliana Schmidt — will once again perform for the audience before the concert starts and lead the audience in a sing-along during the free one-hour concert.

To play in the concert, performers of all ages must play the tuba, sousaphone, euphonium or baritone. Registration starts at 1:30 p.m., with a mandatory rehearsal from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The fee is $10 per person and every performer must purchase their own official music book — good for all future events — online or when they register. Contact the event coordinators at TUBACHRISTMAS.menomonie12@gmail.com to request a book be reserved for them. Performers are encouraged to dress themselves and decorate their instruments festively for the Christmas holiday season.

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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