Tuba Christmas raises more than $4,300 for Times Colonist Christmas Fund

Tuba Christmas 2019 has raised more than $4,300 for the Times Colonist Christmas Fund.

“The unofficial grand total is $4,345.15,” said conductor Paul Beauchesne, principal tubist with the Victoria Symphony. “It’s astounding generosity to collect that much money in that period of time.”

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The annual concert featured an impromptu band of more than 100 musicians young and old playing traditional Christmas carols on tubas, baritones, euphoniums and sousaphones in Market Square for a couple of hours last Saturday.

People dropped money into a tuba at the front of the stage and into donation bags that were circulated through the crowd, collecting loonies, toonies, 10s, 20s and even $50 bills and a few cheques, Beauchesne said.

Over the years, the concerts have raised close to $60,000. Last year, Tuba Christmas raised a record $3,000.

“The number of musicians was a little lower than last year, which was our 40th anniversary,” said Beauchesne. “But we were still more than 100 and I’m glad it went really well.”

A video stream has had more than 10,000 views and tons of photos are floating around on social media, he said.

Donate to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund

• Go to timescolonist.com/donate. That takes you to the Canada Helps website, which is open 24 hours a day and provides an immediate tax receipt.

• Mail a cheque, payable to Times Colonist Christmas Fund Society, to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund, 2621 Douglas St., Victoria, B.C. V8T 4M2.

• Use your credit card by phoning 250-995-4438 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Outside those hours, leave a message, we’ll call back.

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