By Chuck Schechner, KRLD 1080

FORT WORTH (KRLD) – More than 140 tuba and euphonium players gathered in the Fort Worth Water Gardens for the annual Merry Tuba Christmas.

“This is the 22nd year in Fort Worth,” explained Merry Tuba Christmas coordinator Vurl Bland.

This year’s guest conductor was Richard Murrow who is a professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Texas Christian University.

The concert was free and open to the public. Dozens of visitors and families gathered during the lunch hour to listen to the players.

Vurl says the concert is a long-running North Texas tradition. It’s about making a joyous noise at Christmas, with tuba and euphonium players.”

The Merry Tuba Christmas performs in Dallas tomorrow, a 26 tradition.

Tuba Christmas concerts are performed annually in more than 150 cities throughout the United States and Canada.