Hundreds of tuba players rehearse at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 before 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

Hundreds of tuba players rehearse at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 before 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)