The pouring rain did not stop more than 400 low brass musicians— including fifth graders and 80-year-olds—from performing in the 36th Annual TUBACHRISTMAS in Rockefeller Center on Dec. 13, 2009. Songs like “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Deck the Halls” entertained New York City goers as they stopped to listen to the concert.

TUBACHRISTMAS, a tradition since 1974, allows people of all ages who play the tuba, baritone, euphonium or sousaphone to gather and perform Christmas songs.

High school and college marching band members also participated. For example, the Pennsylvania State Blue Band took 30 musicians to the NYC event.

In 2009, concerts were scheduled in more than 252 cities around the world, including Baghdad, Iraq, and Basel, Switzerland. The concerts occur on different days beginning after Thanksgiving in various venues including malls and churches.

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Sabrina Lochner

Sabrina Lochner, a senior at Syracuse University, is majoring in magazine journalism and political science and minoring in architecture. She currently serves the Syracuse University Marching Band as head drum major and has served as the band’s associate drum major for two years. She has played the clarinet since fifth grade and is a sister of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority.

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