'Octubafest' Showcases Tuba Players

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - It's Oktoberfest, minus the beer, and with more tubas.

October is a time to celebrate the lowest of the brass wind instruments on some U.S. college campuses during an event called "Octubafest."

Octubafest is being held for the first time this year at the University of Alabama. Tuba instructor Jeremy Crawford says beer is out at Octubafest in Tuscaloosa. Most of his students are below legal drinking age anyway.

But at a recital held Wednesday and during other events, students show off their skills on tubas and tenor tubas, which are called "euphoniums."

Graduate student Stephanie Landry says Octubafest is a great chance for tuba players to get off the back row of the band and show they can play solos and lead parts like other musicians.

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