Special to the
Opelika Observer

On Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., historic downtown Opelika will present the second annual “Auburn-Opelika TUBACHRISTMAS” as part of Opelika Main Street’s “Christmas in a Railroad Town” event.
Stephen Kunzer, lecturer of tuba and euphonium at Auburn University, is coordinating the event. “This is for tuba and euphonium players young and old to gather to bring joyous Holiday song and spirits to the community,” he said. “Last year was a success, and now it’s back by popular demand.”
There were 25 participants last year, and Stephen hopes that number will grow. Kunzer said “anyone is welcome to participate in this event – any age, and any level are welcome as long as you have a horn.” Those interested in performing should register at 4:30 pm at the Opelika High School Band Room, where a rehearsal will follow. There is a $10 registration fee that supports the national TUBACHRISTMAS organization in Indiana.
Although this will only be the second time this event will happen locally, the national TUBACHRISTMAS organization is celebrating its 46th Anniversary. The first TUBACHRISTMAS took place in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink in 1974.
Kunzer has organized this event previously in Stillwater, Oklahoma; Tucson and Las Vegas. “I started playing in TUBACHRISTMAS when I was in middle school, and it is always one of my favorites. It really is unique and a lot of fun,” Kunzer added.
It will be a free, family-friendly event. Kunzer says the musicians dress festively and decorate their instruments with lights, garland, and more. He will conduct, but says Aubie will make a special appearance as guest conductor.
More information about the event can be found online at www.tubachristmas.com or by contacting Kunzer at kunzer@auburn.edu.