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See hundreds of tubas gathered to play holiday music during Kansas City TubaChristmas

A holiday favorite event, the KC Symphony’s TubaChristmas, played more than a dozen of the holiday classics tuba-style during an hour-long concert Tuesday outside in Crown Center Square.

The annual Kansas City tradition, which began in 1979, has played every year since its inception except for a virtual concert played during the pandemic in 2020. Musicians, one as young as 10 years old and two well-experienced 91-year-old musicians, gathered with a couple hundred local tuba and euphonium players for the 45th annual musical event.

Howard Bell, 91, left, of Kansas City, joined hundreds of local tuba and euphonium players who gathered outside Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, in the Crown Center Square for their annual TubaChristmas holiday concert. Bell has been playing the tuba for the past 79 years and said this was his 30th TubaChristmas.
Howard Bell, 91, left, of Kansas City, joined hundreds of local tuba and euphonium players who gathered outside Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, in the Crown Center Square for their annual TubaChristmas holiday concert. Bell has been playing the tuba for the past 79 years and said this was his 30th TubaChristmas.
With his tuba wrapped in Christmas paper, Matthew Bryan, 16, a sophomore at Gardner-Edgerton High School, joined hundreds of local tuba and euphonium players who gathered Tuesday for the annual KC Symphony TubaChristmas holiday concert.
With his tuba wrapped in Christmas paper, Matthew Bryan, 16, a sophomore at Gardner-Edgerton High School, joined hundreds of local tuba and euphonium players who gathered Tuesday for the annual KC Symphony TubaChristmas holiday concert.
Visitors bundled up against the cold as they sat outside and watched the annual TubaChristmas holiday concert Tuesday in the Crown Center Square in Kansas City.
Visitors bundled up against the cold as they sat outside and watched the annual TubaChristmas holiday concert Tuesday in the Crown Center Square in Kansas City.
Holiday decorations including Christmas lights adorned some of the instruments of local tuba and euphonium players gathered Tuesday in the Crown Center Square for their annual TubaChristmas holiday concert.
Holiday decorations including Christmas lights adorned some of the instruments of local tuba and euphonium players gathered Tuesday in the Crown Center Square for their annual TubaChristmas holiday concert.
Scott Watson, professor of tuba-euphonium at the University of Kansas School of Music, directed hundreds of local tuba and euphonium players playing in the annual TubaChristmas holiday concert.
Scott Watson, professor of tuba-euphonium at the University of Kansas School of Music, directed hundreds of local tuba and euphonium players playing in the annual TubaChristmas holiday concert.
Decked out in their holiday finery, hundreds of local tuba and euphonium players gathered Tuesday in the Crown Center Square for their annual TubaChristmas holiday concert.
Decked out in their holiday finery, hundreds of local tuba and euphonium players gathered Tuesday in the Crown Center Square for their annual TubaChristmas holiday concert.
The music played for the TubaChristmas concert comes exclusively from low brass instruments.
The music played for the TubaChristmas concert comes exclusively from low brass instruments.