2018 Event Information

The 9th annual TUBACHRISTMAS in Ames will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11:00am and 1:30pm at the First United Methodist Church (516 Kellogg Avenue). To help split up the large crowd and enjoy more holiday cheer, there will be two concerts this year.

Plenty of parking is available. Admission is free and the concert is "family friendly."


It's like a Messiah sing-a-long for low brass players. Walk-in rehearsal, have lunch, then play a concert. No advance registration, just show up. And bring your friends and family to enjoy the show.

Only tubas, euphoniums, baritones and sousaphones allowed. Any skill or experience level is welcome. Please wear bright and festive clothing, and adorn your instrument for the event (garland, holiday lights, ornaments, bows, stockings, reindeer antlers – you get the idea).

For music, we use the Carols for a Merry TUBACHRISTMAS book. These are available at the event, or if you'd prefer not to sight-read, you can purchase one in advance.

There will be prizes for the most decorated instruments, the oldest and youngest participants, and the farthest distance traveled to the event.


First United Methodist Church will be offering a hearty lunch on this day - for both audience members and performers. Soup, sandwiches and dessert will be served from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm for a free-will donation with the monies raised going to the church's youth group program.

Information for Musicians

Registration will be at the Church 8:30 - 9:15 am.
Rehearsal will be held from 9:15 - 10:15 am.
The concerts begin at 11:00 am and 1:30pm.

Please bring a music stand, dress festively, and decorate your tuba!

Registration requires a tax-deductible contribution of $10. All registrants will receive a 45th anniversary TUBACHRISTMAS 2018 commemorative button.

There will be special recognition for the youngest and oldest musicians, horn decoration, and farthest distance travelled. In 2017, we had 99 musicians participate – let's have more this year! There is nothing better than the rich and glorious sound of a large tuba/euphonium choir!

Music is available for purchase at the event. Bass clef and treble clef "large print" books are $25 each. If you'd like to have this music in advance, please contact Mike Golemo, TUBACHRISTMAS coordinator & conductor, at mgolemo@mchsi.com or at 515.291.9341. Mike is the Director of Bands at Iowa State University.

A limited number of TUBACHRISTMAS hats and scarves will be for sale for $15 at the event. We also have a limited number of headbands for sale at $10. If you would like to purchase one of these in advance, please contact Mike Golemo. All are available in either red, green, or blue, but there will be a limited number. Reserve yours early!

There is no need to register in advance, but it would help if you could print out the attached registration form, and bring it with you to save time on Saturday morning.

2018 Registration Form

Here is the link to the national website for TUBACHRISTMAS. Here you can find out more information, including a list of all TUBACHRISTMAS events throughout the world. http://www.tubachristmas.com/