The Brass in Blue played a concert in Marcus on Sept. 9th.
MARCUS - "Brass In Blue," a symphonic brass ensemble comprised of members of the Unites States Air Force Heartland of America Band, performed Sept. 9th at the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School gym here.
The musical director of the Ensemble is SSGT Matt Erickson, an MMC High School graduate.
Bringiing the military tradition of brass and percussion to the concert stage with the unique addition of a vocalist, Brass In Blue presents programs that are both exhilarating and intimate.
Blowing for home crowd
SSgt. Matthew C. Erickson, originally from Marcus, brought the Brass in Blue to his hometown. Erickson is in charge of the Brass in Blue as well as serving on the Iowa Western Community College.. He is completing a Master Degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has a Bachelor of Music from the University of South Dakota. His parents are Kent and Jean Erickson of rural Marcus. Photo by Nancy Hohbach
Representing more than 325,000 Air Force professionals, Brass In Blue showcases the service's excellence and precision in every performance. Comprised of 10 brass players, a percussionist, and a vocalist, the ensemble maintains a rigorous performance schedule presenting a diverse repertoire featuring ochestral transcriptions, patriotic favorites, jazz standards, new compositions, and arrangements.
The concert was free to the public.
Magnificent set of vocal cords
T Sgt Kenneth G. Maxwell, originally from Pennsylvania, is a former singer with the "Singing Sergeants," and believes every U.S. Air Force Band should have one operatic tenor. Sgt. Maxwell has a Master's Degree from Syracuse University and a Bachelor Degree from Youngstown State University. He wowed the crowd with a variety of songs that brought smiles and tears to his audience. Photo by Nancy Hohbach