Tubas ring in the holidays near Hanover

December 16, 2012 by  

On an otherwise dreary Sunday afternoon, 21 tuba players put over 100 people into the holiday spirit at the Cross Keys Village, in New Oxford, a town that neighbors Hanover, during the first annual Tubafest Sing-a-Long.

The tubists played through a repertoire of 15 Christmas carols. Attendees of the concert were encouraged to sing along with the carols that they knew and listen to and learn the others. The event was conducted by Roger Parcels, the music director for the Village Brass. Parcels did his best to put the attendees in the holiday spirit, asking if anyone had brought along a set of sleigh bells. Although no one had, people enjoyed singing along to their favorite carols. They used their keys to imitate the sound of bells ringing during ‘Jingle Bells’.

The sing-a-long lasted one hour. Carols sung during the concert included ‘Deck the Halls’, ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’, and ‘Joy to the World’. The tuba players played the first verse of each song, so that the audience could recognize it. They then repeated the song from the beginning with the audience singing along.

The Christmas season is not the only time of year that tubas and other brass instruments get to shine in Hanover and the neighboring community. Cross Keys Village, a retirement community, holds a Brass Extravaganza on Mother’s Day each year. The neighboring towns are also home to a number of tuba festivals. Parcels hopes to bring in more tuba players to the sing-a-long next year. Perhaps he can enlist the assistance of Hanover postcard printing to spread the word to his fellow tubists.