On December 11, 2016, many South Plainfield Public School students performed at the 43rd Annual TubaChristmas Concert. This concert was conceived by tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips to honor his teacher, the late great William J. Bell. This unusual Christmas tradition is firmly established in over 200 cities around the world. Enthusiastic audiences become an important part of the concert by singing along with Christmas carols especially arranged for the tuba choir by American composer Alec Wilder.
It was a chilly day and there was a sprinkle of snowfall at the end of the performance. In attendance were 427 tubas, baritones, and euphoniums and they performed thirty minutes of Christmas carols on the ice rink under the colossal Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. The conductor of the celebration was C. Christian Wilhjelm, who is the conductor of the Ridgewood Concert Band. This event has become a tradition in the Middle School and throughout the district, which has had students participating in the concert since 1998. The Middle School students involved were: Jelinda Montes, Sebastian Annamanthado, John Padovano, Alex Martinez, Daniel McLeod, Kathryn Lenau, Amy Swarz, Andrew Van Herk and Jeremy Burell. Sara Roman, Brian Sesta, Isabella Ardito, Jason Rossow, Jake DelPaoli, and Ryan Berardi represented the High School. Alumni Brian Csobor and Scott O’Brien also performed. All of the students were accompanied by Middle School band teacher, Mr. Veiss.