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Tubas take center stage at Hallettsville event (w/video)

Jan. 5, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 5, 2014 at 7:06 p.m.

Tuba player, vocalist and arranger in The TubaMeisters quartet, Ray Grim, of San Antonio, introduces a song before continuing a set of traditional German and Czech music at the Hallettsville Cultural Events Center in Hallettsville.

With song titles like "Jaegermeisterburg" and "Beer Barrel Polka," The TubaMeisters drew both cheers and sighs of nostalgia from those at the Hallettsville Cultural Events Center on Sunday afternoon.

The quartet played two sets of music for an audience of about 25 from around the Crossroads region.

"We play primarily polkas and waltzes," said band member Ray Grim, of San Antonio. "But we spice it up a bit with things from pop and country."

The group's instrumentation includes two tubas played by Ray Grim and Allyn Lindsey, along with two euphoniums played by Ezra Johnson and Al Tapia.

Overseeing the free show by the San Antonio-based quartet and serving patrons a variety of pastries and drinks she had donated herself, was Nancy Braus, director at the Hallettsville Cultural Events Center.

"When you're here, you enjoy yourself," said Braus, who started the arts space in 2010. "I take care of the dishes."

Among those enjoying themselves in the audience was Hallettsville resident Carolyn Strauss.

For her, The TubaMeisters' repertoire brought back memories of her childhood.

"They played a song a while ago that my mother used to sing," Strauss said as she sat down for the beginning of the band's second set.

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