TUBACHRISTMAS gives tubas spotlight at Capitol

The sounds of hundreds of tubas filled the Capitol rotunda Saturday afternoon.

Madison TUBACHRISTMAS coordinator Steve Tweed said the tradition started more than 40 years ago. That’s when Indiana University’s tuba professor said he wanted the tubas to be the center of attention for once.

Tweed said that’s his goal in bringing the celebration to Madison each year: “Just to give them the spotlight for once. They need the spotlight and what better time than the holiday season?”

The 215 musicians were playing tubas from all over the world. Tweed said the tubaists ranged in age from 9 to 87. He hopes TUBACHRISTMAS inspires them to play the tuba throughout their lives.

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