A full scale celebration welcomed Tuba Christmas back this year where musicians helped fill the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts lobby with jolly and warm brass sounds.
The event is on the cusp of its 50th year and featured a variety of brass players –– and instruments –– including tubas, sousaphones, euphoniums, baritones and a bass flugelhorn that were adorned with holiday lights, tinsel and bows.
“We are so happy to have an audience this year,” said PAC Community Engagement Manager Erynn Bell. “It’s been quite the journey since 2020.”
The first pandemic-era concert was livestreamed and featured just six socially distanced and masked players, Bell told the crowd.
This year, the ensemble was composed of more than 40 people. Families, children and friends filled the stairs, upper levels and lobby floor to listen in and sing along.