A Santa Claus hat rests on "Estelle" the tuba, which belongs to Larry Wile of Silver, Spring, Md. He was one of hundreds of tuba players who came to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 to participate in Tuba Christmas, a concert that originated in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902.  (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Photo by: BARBARA L. SALISBURY

A Santa Claus hat rests on "Estelle" the tuba, which belongs to Larry Wile of Silver, Spring, Md. He was one of hundreds of tuba players who came to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 to participate in Tuba Christmas, a concert that originated in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)