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Brassy band to play Legion Hall

The Travis Brass ensemble will play a free concert on Sunday evening at the American Legion Hall in Manteca.

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POSTED January 21, 2014 1:39 a.m.

Manteca’s downtown corridor will be filled with the sound of horns and trumpets on Sunday evening.

Members of the United Air Force Band of Golden West will stage a free concert at the American Legion Hall on East Yosemite Avenue, beginning at 5 p.m. Seating is limited to the first 125.

“First come, first seated,” warned Jim Winston, Commander of  McFall-Grisham Post 249.

Manteca High’s JROTC will present the colors at the start of the event, which will also feature light refreshments. Donations will also be accepted.

“I would like to see the community as a whole come out for this,” Winston said. “It will give them exposure to a different aspect of the military. So many aspects of the military get presented in a negative way, especially related with combat.

“This is definitely not that. Anyone that is a member of a military band still had to go through basic training and combat training, but this is in essence their job.”

Travis Brass is comprised of Airmen stationed at nearby Travis Air Force Base. Described as a brassy blend of sound, style and humor, Travis Brass brings a sound that unites concert-goers of all ages in toe-tapping revelry. The ensemble is comprised of two trumpets, a horn, trombone, tuba and percussion.

Band members share their enthusiasm and expertise through an education program for young audiences and clinics and master classes for secondary schools and college students.

The Band of the Golden West is the only active duty Air Force band west of the Rockies. The band is comprised of 60 Airmen musicians under the command of Captain Jason S. Plosch and it features seven performance groups, including: Travis Brass; Concert Band; ceremonial marching band; The Commanders jazz ensemble; mobility popular music ensemble; The Blue Yonders folk rock band; and Golden West woodwind quintet.

Winston hasn’t heard Travis Brass play, but he has been to a Band of the Golden West concert.

“They play a little bit of everything,” he said.

For more information, visit or follow the band on Facebook at

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