TubaChristmas was conceived by world-renowned tubist Harvey Phillips in 1974 as a tribute to the late tuba artist and teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through this legendary performer and educator, we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists and teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well-structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values, and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists.
The first TubaChristmas was conducted by the late Paul Lavalle in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974. Traditional Christmas music performed at the first TubaChristmas—and every TubaChristmas thereafter—was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder, who ironically died on Christmas Eve, 1980.
About Scott Wilkinson
Scott Wilkinson has been a student of music and physics throughout his life. A professional musician for 40 years, he has played tuba, euphonium, trombone, recorders, and other wind instruments in such diverse ensembles as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, I Cantori, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Flying Karamazov Brothers, and Rakia, a Balkan brass band. He is a specialist in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music, and as the character Bartolomeo Tromboncino, he played sackbut in the Queen's Band at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Southern and Northern California for 20 years.
Scott also plays a wide variety of ethnic wind instruments, such as ocarina and didgeridoo, and has recorded two albums with his avant-garde world-music trio, Many Axes. He also engineered and played all wind instruments on Living Through History, the sixth album by his wife, singer-songwriter Joanna Cazden. He can be heard playing Tibetan temple horn, alphorn, and shofar on the soundtrack of the movie Gladiator as well as conch-shell trumpet on the soundtrack of White Squall. He has the honor of blowing the shofar during the Jewish High Holidays for the Sholem Community in Los Angeles; go to sholem.org for more.
In addition to being a musician, Scott is also a journalist and author in the fields of consumer electronics and music technology. He is currently the editor of AVSForum.com, and over the last 25 years, he has served as a senior editor of HomeTheater.com and Home Theater magazine, UltimateAVmag.com, The Perfect Vision, Stereophile Guide to Home Theater, Audio/Video Interiors, Electronic Musician, and Home & Studio Recording. In addition, he is the author of two books: Anatomy of a Home Studio and Tuning In: Microtonality in Electronic Music.
Scott's most recent endeavors include hosting a weekly podcast called Home Theater Geeks on the TWiT online-TV network; go to twit.tv for more. He also appears as a regular guest on The Tech Guy radio show with host Leo Laporte, and he is privileged to fill in as the host of the entire show when Leo is out of town. Go to techguylabs.com to find a radio station near you that carries the show, or listen and watch live at live.twit.tv; Scott's normally on just after the news at 11:30 AM Pacific time on Saturdays.