NEW BRITAIN - A cheerful crowd packed Trinity-on-Main Saturday, singing along as musicians of all ages proudly played Christmas classics on tubas.
Santa Claus and several children standing in as elves welcomed the guests, wished them a “Merry TubaChristmas” and passed out programs for the city’s third annual musical event.
Margaret Dabrowski attended with her grandchildren, Draven, 11, and Lilly, 8.
“I came two years ago to the first one held here,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun. They put on an amazing show.”
New Britain attorney Anne C. Marshall, the event organizer, welcomed the guests and encouraged them to take and share photos. They also were invited to sing along on the second verse of each song after the musicians played the first.
Emcee Mary Anne Nunn introduced conductor Walter Gibson and the players as they marched onto the stage, then brought on “New Britain’s conductor”: Mayor Erin Stewart.
“This is another incredible event and it is incredible to see that we have standing room only,” said Stewart, who then wished everyone a Merry Christmas and read a proclamation declaring Saturday “TubaChristmas Day” in New Britain.
Selections included “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Feliz Navidad,” “Christmastime Is Here,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “What Child Is This?,” “Komm Susser Tod,” “Jingle Bells,” “The First Noel,” “O Christmas Tree,” “Silent Night” and the finale, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
The audience waved glow sticks during the performance of “Silent Night,” while the performers on stage for “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” were joined by Michael Schroeder, publisher of the New Britain Herald, dressed as a “Herald angel.” Schroeder also appeared as Frosty the Snowman during a surprise performance of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from Disney’s “Frozen.”
Between songs, Nunn encouraged the youngest and oldest performers to stand and be recognized, along with the tuba player who had traveled the farthest to come to the show. Music teachers and veterans were also recognized, and guests were also invited to cheer and applaud for their favorite decorated tuba from a choice of five.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.