Sam Black, Matt Blymer, and Skyler Mayberry pose with their instruments, with the evens conductor Chas Myers standing in the back. The four are primarily responsible for bringing Tuba Christmas to the county - Putnam Sentinel
Sam Black, Matt Blymer, and Skyler Mayberry pose with their instruments, with the evens conductor Chas Myers standing in the back. The four are primarily responsible for bringing Tuba Christmas to the county. (Martin Verni/Putnam Sentinel)

COLUMBUS GROVE — This upcoming Saturday afternoon, Dec. 15, big things are happening in Columbus Grove, big sounds specifically. The CGHS Music Department is hosting the very first Putnam County Tuba Christmas, a relaxed public concert full of the biggest instruments you have ever heard. The concert will take place at Turner Hall (former First Presbyterian), 206 N. High St. in Columbus Grove at 2 p.m. The presentation will be free for the public, and tickets are not needed. A free-will donations will also be accepted to help support Turner Hall.

Tuba and Baritone players, both from within and far beyond Putnam County, will gather together to perform a lineup of classic Christmas carols with their own unique twists. Ever hear 30 Tubas in one room? It’s an impressive and memorable sound.

Any and all Tuba and Baritone players are invited to perform, including students. Musician registration will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with a rehearsal conducted at 11 a.m., followed by a break for lunch at 12:30 p.m., and the concert itself at 2 p.m. Registration for musicians is $10, and music books can be purchased for $20 at the door. The interactive concert will be conducted by Chas Myers, retired Kalida band director.

Now in its 45th year, more information on Tuba Christmas and its growing popularity may be found at: www.tubachristmas.com.