Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

In the Spirit of the Season Oompah Lends Spirit to Holidays

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

In the Spirit of the Season Oompah Lends Spirit to Holidays

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Barbara and Charles Sabo have been making beautiful music at the holidays for many seasons now. The family's love of carols, and music in general, had her once again spending valuable, could-have- gone-shopping time coordinating the brassy, classy TubaChristmas at Century III Mall earlier this month. Imagine about 100 tuba and euphonium (those being baby tubas) totin' players on stage at the mall on Route 51, making merry with classics from "Silent Night" to those ever-so-humable Santa songs.

"And all this with only two or so hours of practice," event coordinator Barbara Sabo said.

Of course, each of the 80 or so musicians age 12 to 80, who donated time and talents, knows his/her way around these large, valved, brass wind instruments.

TubaChristmas at the mall is the South Hills leg of a national event held all over the country each December. "We look for this every year," said Martha Gregory, of McKeesport, on Dec. 11, when she took time out from shopping. …

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