Tuba Fascination

Dale Harris played the tuba for a packed crowd in the Fine Arts Theatre at SC4 on Thursday, Jan. 28. The concert at noon on Thursday was accurately entitled, Tuba Fascination, and by the end of concert the audience was on the edge of their seats.
Lillian Maley, SC4’s artistic director described Harris as “a humble man”. He pleased the crowd with short stories that his wife informed him to leave out, giving a bit of humor to the performance.
Harris played songs like “Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep” by E. DeLamater and “Emmett’s Lullaby” by G.E. Holmes, featuring Marcia Collins on the piano. Harris also played “The Surf Polka” by F. Steinhauser, which earned him his first win at a local talent show decades ago.
The audience received a great value for the free Thursday at noon concert.
One audience member, Marion Abern, 54, out of Casco Township said, “I thought the performance was great. I’m impressed with his love for the tuba and performing.”
Another satisfied guest, Gloria Atcheson, said, “I enjoyed the last song the most. It was quite comical. Never did I think I would enjoy the show so much.”
That last song Harris played was “Irish Washerwoman” by J. Dugan. The 70 year-old tuba player attempted to blow out a light bulb after 97 straight notes. The bulb was a stand in for a candle, humorous and none the less fascinating.
Dale Harris has been pleasing ears for years, and says he has no reason to retire.
Thursday noon concerts are free and open to the public. For more information or reservations for lunch after concert series’ events please call: 1(810) 989-5709 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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