Five days and counting until TubaChristmas

Published on Sunday, 10 December 2017 22:03
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN-Mark your calendars for the city’s third annual holiday tradition, TubaChristmas.

Last year more than 350 people packed Trinity-on-Main to watch 60 tuba players take the state decked in holiday colors and festive attire.

Publisher of the New Britain Herald and Bristol Press, Michael Schroeder, will be making his yearly cameo appearance sporting wings and a halo during the performance of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

To change things up this year, new songs will be added and a few other top secret surprises you are surely not going to want to miss.

TubaChristmas is a 43-year-old nationally celebrated tradition that was created by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor, William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas day in 1902.

The first TubaChristmas was held in 1974 at the Rockefeller Plaza skating rink in New York City. Conductor of New Britain’s TubaChristmas, Walter Gibson, was in attendance as a student at Manhattan’s Mannes School of Music.

Local attorney Anne Marshall brought the musical event to New Britain in 2015, at the time TubaChristmas was only held in one other city in Connecticut-Old Saybrook.

Marshall immediately fell in love with the event, which she knew would provide great family fun considering her grandchildren enjoy it so much too.

Those interested in performing can register the day of the event beginning at 11:45 a.m. for $10. Performers will rehearse together at 12:30 p.m., and the concert will begin at 3 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for youngest musician, oldest musician, musician who traveled the farthest distance, school district with the most participants and best decorated instrument (by audience applause).

The concert is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending should arrive early to get a sit.

For more information and to listen to a curated playlist of Christmas classics visit

Angie DeRosa can be reached at 806-801-5063 or Follow her on Twitter @ADeRosaNBH

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Sunday, 10 December 2017 22:03. Updated: Sunday, 10 December 2017 22:06.