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Annual Tubaween festival to be held next week


On October 29th at 7:30pm, The David L. Walters Department of Music will host “Tubaween,” a Halloween themed performance featuring JSU’s Tuba/Euphonium studio and Encore!, JSU’s show choir in the Perfomance Center of Mason Hall.

Chris Hosmer, an instructor at JSU and the music director and arranger for Tubaween, informs that “we have been doing Tubaween for five years now and we always have a big crowd.”

Every performer dresses up in costumes for the occasion, as do many of the audience members.

While the Tuba/Euphonium studio performs their song selections, Encore! adds vocal color and visuals through dance, under the direction of Dr. Renee Baptiste and choreography by Allison Woodward.

Lacy Taylor, a member of Encore! says that their “role in Tubaween is to make the music of the tuba/euphonium studio come to life.”
Encore! will be celebrating 30 years at JSU this year.

When asked to describe Tubaween, Lauralee Peek, a Euphonium player and Tubaween performer, calls the event “a crowd pleasing show; it’s like super-tuba-Glee” while Matt Owen calls Tubaween a “fun-filled, frightastic family event that brilliantly combines two seemingly incompatible ensembles into an incredibly fun show.”

Combining song and dance, Tubaween is a festive, safe, and free way to celebrate Halloween with the family.

Justin Lockridge, Euphonium player and Tubaween performer says that his “favorite part of Tubaween is definitely the fact that it’s open to the community and free.”

Justin enjoys seeing families bringing their small children to Trick-or-Treat, and during the intermission, there will be “costume contests for the kids and adults who dress up as well as candy for the entire audience.”

Mr. Hosmer says that the music of Tubaween “is usually anything from TV, Show Music, Broadway, and Special Halloween music, and of course we always end with Thriller by Michael Jackson.”

Other selections being performed include a medley of songs from “Little Shop of Horrors,” an arrangement of “The Munsters Theme” and “Nightmare on Elm Street,” along with other classic Halloween tunes.

Mr. Hosmer also says that preparing for Tubaween is “a lot of work, but a lot of fun!”

Whether it’s the free candy, the festive costumes, or the song and dance, Tubaween has something every audience member of any age is sure to enjoy!

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