TubaChristmas joined by Craft show at Stambaugh

TubaChristmas will feature more than music in its 19th year in the Mahoning Valley.

A holiday craft show has been added to the annual event, which will take place at Stambaugh Auditorium for the third year.

The craft show will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the ballroom and will feature holiday-themed items and ornaments as well as handpainted glass, ceramics, pet apparel and other handmade work.

TubaChristmas will celebrate its 44th anniversary nationwide as tuba and euphonium players, those musicians who normally provide support while other instrumentalists take the solos, are front and center playing special arrangements of Christmas classics.

The idea for TubaChristmas was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor, William J. Bell, born Christmas Day 1902. The first TubaChristmas was conducted by Paul Lavalle in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, Dec. 22, 1974.

The Youngstown concert is one of 18 in Ohio and one of more than 200 TubaChristmas events nationwide.

Wes O’Connor will lead the band with Joe Pellegrini as guest conductor. Tubists interested in participating can register starting at 11:30 a.m. Sunday with a rehearsal at 12:30 p.m. The cost to participate is $10.

The concert starts at 2 p.m. Sunday at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to offset expenses.