Friday, December 8th, 5:30 PM
Main Stage



Pioneer Place is proud to once again host St. Cloud’s TUBA CHRISTMAS on Friday, December 8th at 5:30.

Registration will begin at 4pm for players, and the cost is $10. Please bring you own music stand or lyre with your instrument.

Music performance will begin at 5:30pm, and is FREE to the public. Please arrive early, as this event does “sell out” quickly. Doors will open for seating about 5pm.

2017 is the 44th anniversary for TUBA CHRISTMAS concerts/events which are presented throughout the world. TUBA CHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through the legendary William J. Bell we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists/teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists. The first TUBA CHRISTMAS was conducted by Paul Lavalle in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974. Traditional Christmas music performed at the first TUBA CHRISTMAS was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who ironically died on Christmas Eve, 1980. Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium. He was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of our chosen instruments. Through Alec Wilder we express our respect and gratitude to all composers who continue to embrace our instruments with their compositions and contribute to the ever growing solo and ensemble repertoire for tuba and euphonium.  The St. Cloud Tuba Christmas is under the direction of Mark Springer.

Pioneer Place is once again a drop-off venue for Operation Baby New Year – our community diaper drive.  IF you are attending Tuba Christmas (or any show this holiday season), we hope your will consider bringing us a box of diapers as a donation.  We will ensure they get distributed to our families in need.  Thank you for your support of this wonderful community event.