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Hundreds of tuba players expected to join annual 'TubaChristmas' concert at Kennedy Center

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WASHINGTON — Hundreds of tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players will be gathering at the Kennedy Center for an annual holiday tradition.

The center's Millennium Stage will host the 41st annual "Merry TubaChristmas" show on Wednesday. The free one-hour show begins at 6 p.m. and features traditional Christmas music. About 200 tuba players usually participate.

"Tuba Christmas" events are also held in other parts of the country. The first concert was conceived by tuba player Harvey Phillips and was held in New York in 1974. The concert was a tribute to William J. Bell, a tuba player and teacher.

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