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Kansas City Symphony Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title for the Largest Tuba Ensemble


The Kansas City Symphony achieved tuba glory at noon on Friday, December 7 in the Municipal Arena at Municipal Auditorium with its annual holiday tradition TubaChristmas.

Since 2008, the Symphony has hosted hundreds of tuba and euphonium players for TubaChristmas, most often in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for two performances each year. For 2018, the Symphony upped the ante by combining all players into one date at the Municipal Arena. A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Adjudicator confirmed on site that the Kansas City Symphony's 2018 TubaChristmas set the official GUINNESS WOLRD RECORDS title for "Largest Tuba Ensemble" with 835 players.

The free, one-hour concert featured traditional holiday carols arranged for tuba and euphoniums, and the concert drew thousands. The 2018 concert also featured the world premiere of a new composition for tubas and euphoniums by James Barnes, noted composer and University of Kansas professor emeritus of music composition. University of Kansas professor of tuba-euphonium, Scott Watson, conducted the concert.

The tradition of TubaChristmas began in 1974 in New York City by renowned tuba player and teacher Harvey Phillips. Today there are hundreds of TubaChristmas events around the nation and world. The previous record was achieved on December 21, 2007, in Anaheim, California, with 502 performers.

TubaChristmas in Kansas City is generously underwritten by Janet M. Stallmeyer and Donald L. Flora.