What Tunes Will We Play?
CAROLS FOR A MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS books are available now from Griggs Music in Davenport, in bass clef for euphonium / tuba, and also in treble clef (top two parts only) for euphonium.
If you can’t make it to Griggs and want to get a book or other merchandise mailed, you can use the link below. Cost is an additional $3 per item, and orders must be placed by December 1, mail check or money order with form. Link to Tubachristmas .com
For the best Tuba Christmas experience, practice before the rehearsal is a must.
Volume II is the book version used. Volume I does not have all the tunes, and numbers will not correspond. If your book has Norlan Bewley’s name as one of the arrangers, you already have Volume II, though it may not be marked that way. If you bought a book in the last 25 years, it’s the right one. See pictures below.
Regular size books (6″ X 8″) are $20.00, large size (8.5″ X 11″) are $25.00, no tax. Many choose the larger book, it is much easier to read. Don’t hesitate to buy a book – this book is used in all sanctioned TubaChristmases everywhere, and will be used for many more years.
Marching tubas, sousaphones, helicons, and marching baritones are welcomed. See picture at the bottom of this page. Still no trombones or trumpets allowed for this event.
What tunes will we actually rehearse and play?
Euphonium players – be sure to practice on The Chipmunk Song, Frosty, Rudolph, and Sleigh Ride. On these tunes, parts are high, syncopated, or both.
Euphonium players – on Salvation Is Created, please play part 2 or 3 unless you have really good high chops. First part goes up to a C an octave above the top of the bass clef! Other parts are totally playable, no problem. We’re trying for this sound – link below. intonation and breathing are key.
This is the sound we’re looking for, only with 180 players.
Getting loosened up for some fast fingering.