The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - PHO­TOS BY GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com

Play­ers from all across Ge­or­gia come to Por­terdale’s event to play their fa­mous Christ­mas carols Tuba style.

Dozens of tubas and spec­ta­tors turned out for Por­terdale’s fourth an­nual Tuba Christ­mas, an event that has be­come a na­tional hit af­ter be­ing cre­ated in 1974 as a trib­ute to the late artist and teacher Wil­liam J. Bell.

Since the tuba nor­mally only plays the bass part in songs, Tuba Christ­mas was de­signed to bring the in­stru­ment to the fore­front of the mu­sic by al­low­ing it and re­lated in­stru­ments to play full com­po­si­tions of songs.

Though named af­ter the ac­tual tuba, Tuba Christ­mas also in­cludes re­lated in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing the large sousa­phone (a com­mon march­ing ver­sion of the tuba), the bari­tone and the eu­pho­nium.

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