Christmas tuba concert coming to Ilwaco

It’s going to be another toe-tapping Tuba Christmas at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco Dec. 8.

The annual Tuba Christmas concert features the Astoria Tuba Quartet performing a variety of seasonal selections, jazz arrangements and a polka or two at this family-friendly event.

The Astoria Tuba Quartet was formed in 1980 and its current members have performed together since 1997. Original member Dennis Hale plays F tuba, Bob Joiner and Brian Bergman play euphoniums, and Lee Stromquist plays double bass F tuba. Stromquist also arranges numerous selections for the group.

The tuba’s versatility allows the group to perform traditional Christmas selections like “Sleigh Ride,” jazz selections by noted composer/arrangers Lenny Niehaus and Bill Holman, the much-loved Evergreen Polka, and, as arranged by Lee Stromquist, the Astoria Tuba Quartet’s version of the “Dance of the Reed Flutes” from the Nutcracker Suite, playfully entitled “Dance of the Rude Brass.”

The 2018 Tuba Christmas concert starts at 2 p.m. and is sponsored by the Ilwaco Merchants Association and is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information please contact the Museum at 360-642-3446. The musuem is located at 115 SE Lake St.