Saturday was the annual St. Louis Tuba Christmas concert. A record 140 tubas, sousaphones, baritones, euphoniums, and trombones came together to play Christmas Carols — and the token dreidel song — at the Galleria Mall. It was especially awesome this year because it was BratzBasher’s first time playing with the band — woohoo! She’s usually in the audience with me, but not anymore. She did a great job, too. She couldn’t play all of the songs, but she played some. I loved watching her with Merkin. Here’s a picture:
You can’t really tell how big the band is from this picture. They’re sitting sort of in the middle, but off to one side. They were lucky to get seats. Some of the musicians had to stand. Merkin couldn’t possibly have played his “baby” while standing. It’s too dang big to hold up for very long. In case you couldn’t tell, that thing he’s holding goes all the way to the floor. Sometimes he’ll stand with one foot on a chair and the tuba on his knee, but he wasn’t in the back row this year.
As you can probably tell, I’m very proud of my tuba players. I did laugh, though, when BB complained that her lips felt “flabby” afterward.