What is TubaChristmas?

What Is TubaChristmas?

The purpose of TubaChristmas is to:
1. Bring together tuba and euphonium players of all ages to rehearse and present free public concerts of Christmas carols (published by the Harvey Phillips Foundation); provide players with a rewarding musical experience; instill in them a pride and dedication to music and their chosen instrument; and illustrate the beauty of the tuba and euphonium choir to the public.
2. Bring about a better understanding and appreciation of the tuba and euphonium by generating an audience which will recognize and support these instruments in solo and ensemble concerts.
3. Pay respects and tribute to the late William J. Bell (born Christmas Day 1902), and through him, to other tuba/euphonium artists and teachers who have contributed to our musical heritage.
4. Honor and acknowledge American composer Alec Wilder (died on Christmas Eve 1980) for his compositions and for arranging CAROLS FOR A MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS, and through him, pay respects to all composers who have contributed to the repertoire of the tuba and euphonium.
5. Celebrate the season and have a mighty good time!
To see listings of TubaChristmases in the US, Canada, Costa Rica and Switzerland, over 300 events, go to
 This link in the tubachristmas.com website
You can also search by state or see all by date. Our event is listed there, as of July 3rd.
.On a local level, Griggs Music has co-sponsored this event with the Harvey Phillips Foundation every year since 1992 in the Quad-Cities. It has grown into a very large and popular concert with up to 180 musicians ranging in age from 10 to 80, and players coming from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Missouri.  The last several years, we had a participant fly up from Alabama to play with us!
Our participation record was resoundingly set in 2014, with 180 players. We’ve been up over 100 for several years, but the 180 mark was hit in 2014.  Let’s make it 200 this time!
Many players in the know make this event their TubaChristmas of choice. Reasons include the level of planning and organization, well-qualified conductors, great rehearsal and concert venue, music not played anywhere else,  and the consistently high quality of the ensemble. Also, IT’S FUN!!!
Don’t be hesitant to come and participate if you’re an inexperienced player.  If you enjoy playing and have played a year or more, you will be able to handle it.  With that many players, a wrong note or rhythm is unlikely to be heard.  Be warned, though – our unofficial motto is  “Let ‘er Rip!”   Practice up and get those D flats down.  We WON’T be going slow. 
This is a completely nonprofit venture, with all organization, planning, publicity, arrangement for rehearsal space, printing, and necessary insurance coverage provided by Griggs Music, Inc.


Jim  Holifield, QC TubaChristmas coordinator, is a former (some say reformed) high school band director, and has been a school service rep and technology specialist at Griggs Music for over 20 years. A low brass specialist, he is determined to push the Quad-Cities TubaChristmas experience  to its absolute limit, but still have fun and host the most organized event possible.  Raising the bar for TubaChristmases everywhere!
.Jim does all planning, organizing, promotion and preparation for this event throughout the year, including these website pages, QCTC Facebook page, outside-the-book music folders, and actual making-it-happen for pre-registration and TubaChristmas day. Be sure to say hello!
Thanks to the Davenport Griggs Music and its staff for their excellent work in answering questions, helping participants register, and getting them the supplies they need.  Suggestions are always welcome on how to make this event even better.
Special thanks to SouthPark Mall and its staff for being such gracious hosts!
 Questions or suggestions? Email Jim at
              jholifield@griggsmusic.com or call Griggs at (563)391-9000
Why no trumpets or a Trumpet Christmas?
here’s your link – You Tube