Kramer highlight of wonderful Tuba Christmas

Published 3:57 pm Wednesday, October 31, 2012

To the editor:

I am saddened by the passing of Arthur Kramer.

No, I did not have the pleasure of knowing him personally, but for many years he provided for me one of the highlights of the fabulous Tuba Christmas performances at Polk County High School.

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Mr. Kramer brought his double-bell euphonium, donned the requisite Santa Clause hat, and played a part in the ensemble. A favorite interlude for me is when each kind of instrument is demonstrated by a short solo: Mr. Kramer always played “Little Sir Echo,” with the little tune passed back and forth appropriately between the two distinctive voices of his instrument. He always got a big round of applause.

The 15th Tuba Christmas will occur on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Polk County High School auditorium. Put it on your calendar now for one of the best possible Christmas treats. You will get to sing along and also get to hear all of your favorite carols played by the bass and tenor brass instruments . . . something seldom heard when a full band plays.

The Drs. Howell make it happen every year — Stan gathers the players from all over and handles MC duties and Jean leads us when we sing.

As former Mayor of Columbus Kathleen McMillian said one year, “If this doesn’t get you in the Christmas spirit, nothing will!”

– Garland O. Goodwin, Columbus