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Redwood City getting ‘brassy’; Military band hits Courthouse Square this weekend
July 11, 2014, 05:00 AM By Samson So Daily Journal

Classy times calls for classy bands and Travis Brass is one like no other.

Travis Brass will be performing at Redwood City’s Courthouse Square 6 p.m. Saturday. The concert will be a part of Redwood City’s Classical Music Series 2014 and will be free for the public’s viewing.

A brass band from the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, Travis Brass performs a variety of musical genres for large sporting events, special ceremonies and TV shows.

Technical Sgt. Michael Andrew, who also plays the tuba for the all-brass band, said they go for the all-American experience.

“We like to put on the proverbial, old-fashioned “hot dogs and pies” kind of experience that centers around the American culture,” said Andrew. “For example, we’ll play great traditional songs like “America the Beautiful” and “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” but we’ll also play songs geared toward today’s pop culture.”

Andrew adds that the band will often play musical melodies from “The Sound of Music” and even songs from a few popular bands like Journey.

“We add in a few different genres, including jazz and ragtime that people enjoy,” said Andrew.

Besides playing concerts, Travis Brass also uses its diverse musical backgrounds to serve the community. As almost all members of the USAF Band of the Golden West have either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in music, their musicians often direct instrumental programs for the public. These include recitals or coaching assignments for elementary schools all the way up to select colleges.

As active duty U.S. Air Force, Travis Brass represents the military with its musical talents and also with just its presence.

“Our number one goal is to put a face on the uniform. So many troops are out there and we are a select few that are able to actually go out and educate other people,” said Andrew. “That means informing the public about certain missions like deliveries and air lifts, while showing the sort of professionalism that the Air Force is known for.”

Travis Brass band members include: Senior Airman Matthew Garza on trumpet, Staff Sgt. Robert Mayes on French horn, Technical Sgt. Timothy Shaw on percussion, Technical Sgt. Michael Andrews on tuba, Staff Sgt. Jason Nickell on trumpet and Technical Sgt. Scott Ruedger on trombone.

As active duty professional musicians, Travis Brass brings a combination of technique and excitement that will be sure to entertain crowds of all ages.

Redwood City Courthouse Square will also feature Opera San Jose, who will be showcasing great classics including Mozart and Puccini, 6 p.m. July 13. Kidchella will also be rocking out as a part of the kids music series for three Sundays starting July 13. Redwood City Courthouse Square will also be the site of the 2014 PAL Blues, Arts and BBQ Festival, which will include plenty of live music, delicious food and art showcases on July 25-26.

For more information on this and other events go to www.redwoodcity.org/events/index.html.

 

 

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