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TubaChristmas set for Dec. 2

Low brass players will come together at Hortonville High School to perform TubaChristmas Fox Cities 2016 at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

Around 100 Wisconsin tuba and euphonium players ranging from ages 10 to 86 will perform sing-along holiday carols, said Greg Forton, band director for Hortonville High School. Hortonville Area School District students and alumni are also expected to share the stage with Wisconsin’s most experienced brass players.

“It’s a free concert open to all, but get there early to get a seat,” Forton said.

Tuba and euphonium players looking to take part can pre-register at tubachristmasfoxcities.org. The registration fee for musicians is $10.

Forton said he’s been trying to get TubaChristmas to perform in Hortonville for years. TubaChristmas first performed at New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink in 1974 at Rockefeller Center with over 300 tubas and baritones.

Lawrence University started the event in the Fox Valley in 1990 under the direction of Nick Keelan. When the event got too big for the Appleton Avenue Mall, it moved it to Fox Valley Lutheran.

TubaChristmas is hosted at 278 cities around the world, including Madison and Chicago, Forton said.

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