The Wilmington Tuba Ensembles:

The Port City Tuba Quartet and

The Cape Fear Tuba Ensemble




Tuba Christmas Carol Performances

Wilmington Tuba Carols
Sunday, December 4, 2016

11:30 AM Registration and 12:00 PM Rehearsalat
UNCW Cultural Arts Building Room 1080

3:00 PM Performance
Wilmington Internationaql Airport
Airport Lobby
$5 registration fee (cash or check)


Myrtle Beach Tuba Carols
Sunday, December 11, 2016

11:30 AM Registration at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center
12:00 PM Rehearsal
$5 registration fee (cash or check)

3:30 PM Performance I
*as part of the North Myrtle Beach Community Band Concert*

1030 Possum Trot Road
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582


6:00 PM Performance II

Myrtle Beach Mall

10177 North Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572



tuba and euphonium players of any age and ability
are invited to perform


for registration information, contact Dr. Johnson

910-962-7559 or email


Past Performances




TubaZalea 2013

This concert featured guest artist Lauren Veronie, euphoniumis of the US Army Field Band. Repertoire included original and transcribed pieces for tuba, euphonium, and low brass ensemble.

Lauren Veronie


TubaZalea 2012

Hosted by St. Paul's Episcopal Church, this event featured the UNCW Brass Ensemble in combination with the Cape Fear Tuba Ensemble. In 2012, Dr. Larry Cook (organ and piano) accompanied students soloists performing a program of varied music. The repertoire included original and transcribed pieces for brass ensembles.


TubaZalea 2011

This event, a parallel to the popular OctubaFest and Tuba Christmas concerts, attracted a group of 17 tuba and euphonium players as well as an audience of about 50 on Sunday, March 21, 2010. Hosted by St. Paul's Episcopal Church this event featured the Port City Tubas, Dr. Larry Cook (organ and piano) as well as faculty and students from UNCW performing a program of varied music including several gospel-inspired pieces. In 2011, this event will feature special guest Dr. Joanna Hersey from UNC-Pembroke along with area tuba and euhponium players from the Cape Fear Region. Dr. Hersey and Dr. Johnson participated are part of the North Carolina Tuba Consortium, a group of state-wide tuba and euphonium specialists who offer guidance and resources for music educators seeking to promote students' success with these wonderful and sonorous instruments!

North Carolina Tuba Consortium Presenters, 2008 NCMEA Conferece
Dr. Joanna Hersey, Dr. Dennis Askew, Dr. Daniel Johnson, and Mr. Tom McCaslin (left to right)

The Cape Fear Tuba-Euphonium ensemble performs at St. Paul's Episcopal Church for the first annual TubaZalea, March 5, 2010.


Photos from past TubaZalea Concerts






The UNCW OctubaFest Ensemble celebrates the coming of fall with community and college euphonium and tuba players from throughout the Cape Fear region. An outgrowth of the popular Tuba Christmas concerts, the OctubaFest ensemble features marches, polkas, and other seasonal Oktoberfest music. Conducted by Dr. Daniel Johnson, OctubaFest is a fun, family event - perfect for all ages.

Photos from past OctubaFest Concerts




In 2013, our Guest Artist was Justin Clarkson, a DMA Candidate from SUNY-Stony Brook.



Our OctubaFest featured Guest Artist Danny Vinson (University of Houston) and Special Guest Joanna Hersey (UNC-Pembroke).


A Highlight of the program was the WORLD PREMIER performance of Keith Robinson's "Valve Oil." Click for audio and a YouTube slideshow of this performance.







Wilmington and Myrtle Beach Tuba Christmas Carols

Since 2004, UNCW Music Department Professor Daniel Johnson has directed the Wilmington Tuba Christmas Carols each year. Regularly, these performances feature traditional Christmas carols arranged for tuba-euphonium ensemble. Adding to the concerts is a guest conductor and a mayoral proclamation announcing Tuba Christmas Carols Day delivered by the mayor and county commissioners.

Click HERE to view a recording from the 2014 Tuba Christmas Carols concert in Myrtle Beach with a photo montage.

Click HERE to view a segment from the 2009 Tuba Christmas concert filmed by WWAY-TV.

Click HERE to view the 2009 newspaper article published by the Star-News.


Photos of Tuba Christmas Past

Photos from Wilmington's Eighth Annual Tuba Christmas in 2011, including a feature for the UNCW Tuba Quartet.


Dr. Johnson Conducts Wilmington's Seventh Annual Tuba Christmas in 2010

Dr. Johnson Conducts Wilmington's Third Annual Tuba Christmas
December 9, 2006

Dr. Johnson Conducts Wilmington's Second Annual Tuba Christmas
December 17, 2005

Dr. Johnson Conducts Wilmington's First Tuba Christmas
December 18, 2004



Dr. Johnson conducts the 2006 Tuba Christmas ensemble.

Players in the 2006 Tuba Christmas ensemble traveled as far as 100 miles to participate.

In seasonal garb, New Hanover County Commissioner Bill Caster guest-conducts the Tuba Christmas ensemble.

Players ranged from age 11 to 76 for the 2006 Tuba Christmas ensemble.

Representing the City of Wilmington, CouncilWoman Pat Delair delivers the city-wide Tuba Christmas proclamation.

One of the youngest players performs as part of the 2006 Tuba Christmas ensemble.

Many players decorated their instruments for the occasion!

Dr. Johnson announced the pieces and introduced the often under-appreciated tuba & euphonium.


Participants ranged in age from 11 to 76 and included middle school, high school, college, and community players.


The Proclamation signed by Mayor Spence Broadhurst on the occasion of the inaugural Wilmington Tuba Christmas: December 18, 2004. At that event, Mayor Broadhurst served as the group's guest conductor and directed the thirty-one euphonium and tuba players in "Good King Wenceslas."

Mayor Broadhurst Reads the Tuba Christmas Proclamation.

Click HERE to view the 2004 Mayoral Proclamation.


Tuba Christmas Rehearsal before the Concerts.

The 2004 Tuba Christmas Ensemble: 31 Players from as far away as Charlotte, NC!


Audio Examples performed by the Wilmington Tuba Christmas Choir, December 18, 2004:

audio demo "Jingle Bells"

audio demo "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"

audio demo "The First Noel"




The Port City Tubas

The Port City Tubas is a ensemble comprised of college and community tuba and euphonium players.

Previous Performances:

OCTUBAFEST, Octuba 2, 2005, Riverfest in Downtown Wilmington.

In a celebration of fall traditions and local port-city culture, the Port City Tubas annually perform marches, polkas, and other seasonal favorites as part of Wilmington's Riverfest. For more information visit the Riverfest web site.

EVENING OF BRASS, Octuba 13, 2005, Kenan Auditorium.

As part of the semi-annual concerts featuring the brass students and faculty of UNCW, the Port City Tubas perform "Music 4 Tubas" by John Stevens.

The Port City Tubas in rehearsal.


The Port City Tubas perform in Carolina Beach.


For further information about the Wilmington Tuba Ensembles, contact Dr. Johnson: or 910-962-7559.