December 22, 2008

447 tubas belt out Christmas tunes

Organizers of California's fourth annual Tuba Christmas in Downtown Disney said 447 musicians turned up with their tubas to play holiday harmonies.

Pat Paternoster, who coordinated the event in Anaheim, said that while the number of horn-blowers fell short of last year's world record-setting 502 tubas, the ensemble of nearly 450 tuba players ranging in age from 10 to 75 made for a formidable hour of Christmas music, The Orange County (Calif.) Register reported Monday.

When you get that sound, you get them chills down your back -- you know you've done the right thing, Paternoster said.

Tubist Nina Pedersen, who won the event's costume competition with her elf apparel, said that while participants only had two hours to practice together before the performance, they quickly bonded over their love of the tuba.

We're all musicians, she said. It's great to get together and play Christmas carols.