is the 40th anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events which
are presented throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived
in 1974 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 TUBACHRISTMAS was conducted by the late Paul Lavalle in
New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22,
1974. Traditional Christmas music performed at the first TUBACHRISTMAS
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.
A TUBACHRISTMAS COORDINATOR: If you do not find
a TUBACHRISTMAS event in your area and you or your organization
is interested in presenting a TUBACHRISTMAS concert or related
event, please contact the HARVEY PHILLIPS FOUNDATION (H.P.F.)
(address below). TUBACHRISTMAS is a registered and copyrighted
property of the H.P.F. Commercial exploitation by
any individual or organization is strictly prohibited. Among
other properties of the HARVEY PHILLIPS FOUNDATION, INC, are TUBASANTAS,
OCTUBAFEST, SUMMERTUBAFEST, TUBACOMPANY, TUBARANCH, TUBAJAZZ,
PHILLIPS FOUNDATION, INC. (HPF) is a not-for-profit foundation
incorporated in the state of New York and is dedicated to "...developing,
expanding, and preserving the music arts..." The Foundation
focuses special attention on musical instruments not ordinarily
the object of other support. The Foundation facilitates its
goals by providing scholarship assistance to selected established
institutions which offer academic and music performance training,
by assisting the commission of new compositions and other performing
repertoire, by creating opportunities for public performances, by
building public audiences which appreciate and support performances
of all musical instruments, by presenting public lectures and clinics
which impart knowledge and understanding of the urgent and special
needs of the music arts and performing musicians, by offering consultant
services and public relations expertise to music arts organizations.
Donations to The HPF, Inc. are tax-deductible. If you would
like more information on how you can become a benefactor, patron,
sponsor or contributor, please write to the below address.
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