The late “TubaJohn” Sykes’, for whom the TubaJohn Concert is named. His enthusiasm for the Christmas concert has made this event a holiday favourite.

TubaJohn Concert a holiday favourite

Annual concert set to take place on Wednesday, Dec. 13

The 12th annual TubaJohn Christmas Concert will be taking place on Wednesday, Dec. 13. at St. Andrews United Church.

With its roots being a humble quartet of tuba musicians, the musicians playing in this concert have expanded throughout the years into a brass brand, the TubaChristmas Brass Ensemble are joined by the Cariboo Men’s Choir, Quintet + and the Synergy Quartet for this festive concert.

With the name taken from the late “TubaJohn” Sykes, whose enthusiasm for music was effusive, the concert is always a holiday hit.

Brass ensemble director Rocco Catalano says they’ve played through a blizzard and still gotten a decent crowd.

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“It’s good, fun, and a decent balance with choir groups, men’s and a mixed choir group and a small quartet and the brass and then the sing-along at the end,” he says.

The concert ends with a sing-along including the crowd, but also features another tradition: the choir’s Hallelujah Chorus.

This year, the four groups will sing and play a special song Catalano found in a book gifted to him: Christmastime on the Range.

“I thought that’s pretty good considering what we’ve been through in the Cariboo Chilcotin and so we’re going to try a little something out,” says Catalano, adding they’re hoping to dedicate it to the people of the Cariboo Chilcotin.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is by cash or food donation to the Salvation Army.

*An earlier version of this story noted that the concert took place on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The correct date is Wednesday, Dec. 13.

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