ROME, N.Y. - "A Tuba Christmas" comes back to the Capitol Theatre for the 15th year to support the New York State School for the Deaf.
26 tubas were heard on the Capitol Theater stage in Rome Tuesday night, all to benefit the school for the deaf. A packed auditorium full of family, friends, and neighbors from all around the area enjoyed two hours of classic Christmas music, played by tubas and euphoniums. Players and their instruments were all decked out in holiday attire.
This is the 15th year the theater has hosted the annual "A Tuba Christmas" event and organizers say each year the crowd gets bigger and bigger.
The concert was free to the public, but the players each had to pay $10 to play which got them a pin and their music for the night. Those proceeds, along with popcorn, beverages and raffle ticket purchases were all to raise money for the school for the deaf's music program.
"It's a little more complicated and they need a little more help teaching and having music that's used for the deaf and vibrations and stuff so they can get the right equipment for the kids to learn," volunteer, Cindy Seiter, said.
The New York State for the Deaf Handbell Choir and Sign Choir accompanied the band by signing some of their favorite songs.
"A Tuba Christmas" events are held all over the country.