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Dec. 5, 2003

Traditional Outdoor Tuba Concert Continues Dec. 12

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The names may change, but good traditions live on.

For more than 30 years, tuba and euphonium players -- collectively known as the "Collegium Tubum" -- have gathered on the Pentacrest of the University of Iowa campus at 12:30 p.m. on the last day of fall-semester classes to serenade any hardy passers-by.

This year, there is a new tuba professor at the UI School of Music -- David Spies having taken the place of Bob Yeats at the beginning of the fall semester. But anyone who has waited a whole year for their fix of low-register melodies and accompanying oom-pahs can rest assured: the players will be back again this year.

The 2003 edition of the Collegium Tubum alfresco concert will take place right on time, at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec.12, on the steps of Macbride Hall. As in past years, invitations have gone out to tubas players near and far, and any low brass players from the local community will be welcomed.

"Students, alumni and the general public all have contacted me over the past several months asking if the annual concert would continue," Spies said. "I assured them that, indeed, the tradition would live on. After all, what better way to celebrate the conclusion of the semester than to chill out to the sonorities of tubas and euphoniums, the veritable underdogs of the band and orchestral world!"

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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