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The walls of McClatchy High Auditorium vibrated mightily today when 150 tubas gathered for the 31st annual TubaChristmas concert. Big, bold, and brassy sounds of tubas, euphoniums, sousaphones and baritones filled the space and entertained an estimated crowd of 800. During the free Christmas music concert, the audience sang with gusto, asked questions about the different instruments and wanted to hear the very lowest sound that tubas can make.

Steve Iwata and others conducted the aural and visual feast for the senses. Powerful, yet melodic sounds arose from instruments decorated with garlands and blinking lights while the players themselves were adorned in red and green TubaChristmas knit hats.

TubaChristmas is an international event that began in New York City in 1974. Hundreds of cities sponsor TubaChristmas concerts with the largest one held at Disneyland in Anaheim where approximately 600 tuba players perform.

This year’s Sacramento event included players ranging in age from 10 to 80. Most were from the Sacramento area, but some traveled from Reno, the Bay Area and Washington State and multiple generations of families played together. TubaChristmas in Sacramento is held every year on the second Saturday in December.

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