Tuba tunes coming to City Park

By Dean Wright - deanwright@aimmediamidwest.com

GALLIPOLIS — Tuba and euphonium players of all ages are invited the first Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre Summer Tuba Time on July 3.

It’s all part of the annual River Recreation Festival entertainment at the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre .

“Tubists don’t get to play the melody in a song as often as other musicians,” said Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre Executive Director Lora Snow. “You get a bunch of them together to give them the chance and they just love it.”

Musicians can meet on the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre stage for rehearsal at 4 p.m. and perform in Gallipolis City Park at 7:30 p.m. beside the Gallipolis Bandstand.

Summer Tuba Time is an expansion of the nationwide Tuba Christmas programs now in their 44th year, due to the inspiration of Harvey Phillips. Norman Bewley, one-time professional colleague of Phillips, arranged all the Summer Tuba Time music that includes such favorites as “In the Good ‘Ole Summer Time,” “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” “Down by the Riverside,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Little Brown Jug” and many more. Phillips was a professor of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and a dedicated tuba music advocate.

Jason Smith, professor of tuba at Ohio University, and Jeannie Wilson are co-chairs of the event and Smith will be conducting the ensemble along with a few guest conductors.

Tuba Time ensembles attract players of all ages. The tuba is the lowest-pitched and traditionally one of the largest brass instruments. Euphoniums are typically more baritone whereas a tuba produces lower pitches. The instrument makes use of valves.

Summer Tuba Time is performed in conjunction with the Gallipolis River Recreation Festival held every Fourth of July holiday in Gallipolis City Park.

Musicians can register at the Ariel website at arieltheatre.org and Summer Tuba Time music books are available for purchase for $20 at rehearsal. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit our website at arieltheatre.org.

Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright