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Threshold brings R&B, old school music to 28th Manteca Pumpkin Fair

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Threshold brings R&B, old school music to 28th Manteca Pumpkin Fair

Threshold will play at the Manteca Pumpkin Fair

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POSTED September 11, 2012 8:17 p.m.

Threshold is among the main stage acts that will be performing during the 28th annual Sunrise Manteca Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair Saturday-Sunday Oct. 6-7 in downtown Manteca.

The rhythm and blues/old school band is playing Saturday, Oct. 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Mike Collins and John de Jonge have been playing in bands together since 1998. In 2003, their desire to form a six-piece horn dance-band that would play 60s and 70s Rock n' Roll, Motown and R&B (with a little swing and country thrown in) took shape, and Threshold was formed.

The epitome of a feel-good band, Threshold consists of a tight trumpet and saxophone horn section, a lead guitar player that toured with Louise Mandrell for 7 years, an incredible lead singer and the best drummer/bass player rhythm section in the valley. All of the members sing, creating great vocal harmonies.

Threshold takes much of their inspiration, and many of their musical selections, from the recordings of Tower of Power, Chicago, The Blues Brothers, Wilson Picket, and Sam and Dave to name just a few.

Threshold is a Modesto-based, seasoned “party band.” They have performed at the Modesto Oktoberfest, Dublin Summer Concert Series, Pittsburg Seafood Festival, Stanislaus County Fair, San Joaquin County Fair, Isleton Crawdad Festival, Oakdale Chocolate Festival, Manteca Pumpkin Fair, Hilmar Dairy Festival, Stockton Miracle Mile Night, various street fairs and many private and corporate events.

Some of their past clients include the Dublin, Lodi, Tracy, and Modesto Chambers of Commerce, the Sacramento chapter of the “Make a Wish Foundation” and the Sierra Railroad.

They have had the privilege of having several great guest musicians sit in with us, but their best experience was having Mic Gillette, lead trumpet player for Tower of Power, play several shows with them.

They were the winners of the 2005 “Blue Collar Band” award presented by the Modesto Area Music Association.

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