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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Crossword: Brass on Display

Musical museum-themed crossword puzzle by Matt Jones. From Halftime Magazine, the sights, sounds and spirit of the marching arts.