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City’s Municipal Band performing first-ever Holiday Concert while annual TubaChristmas celebrates 19th year of “Winter Wonderland” Memories

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

The Dec. 8 snow is gone. The gift shopping, parties, school plays and other activities making up the holiday rush continue. But, there’s two opportunities to slow things down and enjoy some seasonal music before the big man in the red suit pays a visit.

Known for their summer concert series, the Corpus Christi Municipal Band will present their first-ever Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 17. The performance begins at 8:30 p.m. in the Retama Room (second floor) in the Harvin Student Center on Del Mar College’s (DMC) East Campus (Ayers and Baldwin).

Take an imaginary sleigh ride with the Municipal Band as they perform traditional holiday music while providing a festive time. And, yes, the famous seasonal tune “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson is on the program.

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On Friday, Dec. 22, organizers of the annual local TubaChristmas performance will celebrate 19 years of bringing “Winter Wonderland” memories to the Coastal Bend. Each year, nearly 100 tuba, euphonium, baritone and sousaphone musicians play everyone’s favorite Christmas tunes. This musical event promises to get attendees in the holiday spirit.

TubaChristmas begins at noon at Plains Capital Bank located at 500 North Shoreline.

Both concerts are free with Coastal Bend residents of all ages invited to attend. For more information about either concert, contact David Irving with the DMC Music Department at 698-1616 or

Area brass players interested in participating with TubaChristmas can attend the rehearsal from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the morning of Dec. 22 in Room 127 in the Center for the Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (6300 Ocean Drive). Registration to participate begins at 9 a.m. with a $5 registration fee. TubaChristmas carol books will be available during registration for $15. Hats and scarves will also be available for purchase. Musicians need to provide their own stands for the rehearsal and performance.

This year’s conductors are Dan T. Sipes of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Donald Pinson from Del Mar College with Master of Ceremonies filled by DMC’s David Irving.

Free parking will be available at the university while street parking is available at Plains Capital Bank.


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Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.