The idea of tuba enthusiasts of all ages collaborating to create a orchestra of professionals and novices to perform a holiday concert intrigued me. The more I learned about how this came to be, the more it shouted “Authentic Experience” and the more I wanted to attend.

The ticket was free, parking was free and it was a standing room only crowd. When I arrived I could feel the energy in the building. The three dozen or so musicians onstage in the auditorium played well together despite the...

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