Musicians from the University of Iowa School of Music and the community will gather for the annual Holiday Tubas celebration at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, on the steps of the Old Capitol on the UI Pentacrest. The UI Collegium Tubum will continue its tradition of collecting new, unwrapped gifts for Toys for Tots.
All tuba and euphonium players are invited to participate, and this year the Collegium Tubum director John Manning has made a special pitch to members of the Hawkeye Marching Band to become Holiday Tubas.
Last year, the tubas premiered a “Silent Night” arrangement by euphonium student Steve Neilssen, and this year’s performance of the arrangement will be dedicated to Gene Wibben, longtime tubist with the Des Moines Symphony, and Mel Culbertson, professor of tuba at the National Superior Conservatory in Lyon, France.
The popularity of Collegium Tubum continues to grow. This fall, the group has performed at the Cedar Rapids Czech Village Fall Festival, in the Amana Colonies’ Oktoberfest, as Spooky Tubas at the Coralville Public Library, and during the Herbert Hoover Museum’s tree-lighting ceremony.