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Through The Lens: A Tuba Valentine

By Mike Kinney
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DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Valentines Day is one day most guys have a hard time deciding what to get their sweetheart.  Is the standard card, flowers and chocolate okay?  Does she want some jewelry?  What can I do to surprise her this year?  Well guys, this year I think I found something that she will never forget.  A tuba valentine.

In today’s through the lens I caught up with a tuba/euphonium quartet from the University of North Texas music department as they went to deliver a tuba valentine.

Dressed in tuxes and carrying a lot of brass they knocked on the door of Debbie Price’s house.  Her husband Buddy Price had ordered a little low brass concert for his wife this Valentine’s Day, which happens to be their 31st anniversary as well.

The quartet delivered a card and some chocolate roses and then set up to play a couple tunes in Price’s living room.  Tubas and euphoniums in four part harmony is sound like no other.  A soft smooth melody filled the room as they played “Hey Baby” and “When I Fall in Love”.

The group is part of UNT’s local chapter of the International Tuba Euphonium Association and they use the tuba valentines as a major fundraiser to pay scholarship to clinic and to bring in guest performances at the university.  They say tuba valentines is not just for Valentine’s Day.  They will send a group to any occasion at any time of year.  If you want to send a tuba valentine you can email the group at unttubavalentines@gmail.com.  The prices start at $30 for on campus and go up according to where in the DFW area you would like the delivery.

Debbie Price said it was something she never expected and will not soon forget.  So if you want to put your loved one in the mood, maybe a little low brass is just the thing.

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