The 44th annual Tuba Christmas performance brings together tuba and euphonium players from across the state all to bring a unique holiday event to the Coastal Bend.

The event kicks off at noon Friday at Plains Capital Bank located at 500 North Shoreline Boulevard. Be sure to arrive early as parking and room is limited.

"Tuba players and euphonium players get together because normally we play in very small groups with large ensembles, this is one time we can all get together," said Dr. Dan Sipes, Professor of Music at TAMUCC.

Tuba Christmas began 44 years ago with Harvey Phillips on the ice rink of Rockefeller Center. He created the event as a way to honor his mentor and teacher William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas day. Ever since, the tradition has grown worldwide now honoring present instructors.