Day 339: Merry Tuba Christmas!

Yesterday marked the 14th year I’ve participated in Tuba Christmas – a holiday concert performed by tuba and euphonium players. This year was unique, because we had the honor of performing in the exquisite new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The concert was standing room only, with some people even in a reception hall viewing the concert on-screen. I’m proud to say this is probably the most crowded the Helzberg Hall at the performing arts center has ever been. I mean, who wouldn’t want to listen to 600 low-brass players belt out Christmas music?

My baritone and my Tuba Christmas scarf, filled with pins dating back to in 1997.
The Helzberg Hall a the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is filled with guests and performers at the Kansas City Tuba Christmas.

Day 249: Lazy Day

I had a semi-relaxing Labor Day yesterday … or at least I didn’t have anything officially planned. After grocery shopping, grilling, and shopping at an outdoor mall, Jerod and I met my parents for the Kansas City Symphony’s Pops in the Park concert. Perfect temps and sunny skies made for a very beautiful and crowded concert. Beforehand kids got to experience the “instrument petting zoo” and try out a variety of musical instruments. After 13 years in band, I’ve never even played a bassoon!

A kid blows on the bassoon at the Pops in the Park "instrument petting zoo" on Labor Day.