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Waynesburg to host TUBACHRISTMAS concert

A nationwide event, TUBACHRISTMAS celebrates 45 years

Teghan Simonton Nov 9, 2018

The Waynesburg University Music Program will continue its annual tradition of hosting TUBACHRISTMAS Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center.

TUBACHRISTMAS is a national concert series which was started in 1974 by the distinguished tuba player Harvey Phillips. Phillips created the series as a tribute to his mentor, William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day. This year is the 45th anniversary for TUBACHRISMAS.

“These regional concerts are part of a movement of national and international concerts that happen around the globe each Christmas season,” said Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the music program. “Our TUBACHRISTMAS ensembles have grown from five players the first year we hosted an event, to 25 euphonium an tuba players from across our community gracing the Goodwin Performing Arts Center stage.”

For DePriest, the event is an exciting opportunity to bring community musicians together. DePriest said she hopes the concert draws even more people this year.

“We hope the group is even bigger and better this year, and we want to encourage our Waynesburg students, faculty and friends to join us for an hour of wonderful playing and singing to welcome the Christmas season,” said DePriest.

For more information about TUBACHRISTMAS, contact DePriest at 724-852-3420 or

About Waynesburg University

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.