Fron­tier Brass Band putting on what could be fi­nal per­for­mance in Yuma

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY JAMES GIL­BERT @YSJAMESGILBERT

Tonight’s con­cert could be the last chance Yuma County fans will have to en­joy a U.S. Army Fron­tier Brass Band per­for­mance, be­cause, ac­cord­ing to Staff Sgt. Freddie Valen­zuela, the nine-mem­ber en­sem­ble is sched­uled to be de­ac­ti­vated in Novem­ber.

“If this is the case, then we wanted to come out to Yuma one more time to play,” Valen­zuela said. “We love com­ing out here.”

The band, which is part of the 36-mem­ber 62nd U.S. Army Mil­i­tary In­tel­li­gence Corps Band, from Fort Huachuca, will per­form a free pub­lic con­cert at 7 p.m. Fri­day at the His­toric Yuma Theater in down­town Yuma. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the per­for­mance will last about an hour and a half.

As of Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, there were only 90 tick­ets re­main­ing. Tick­ets are free and avail­able at the Yuma Art Cen­ter, lim­ited to two per per­son. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 928-373-5202. The Yuma Art Cen­ter, which in­cludes the his­toric theater, is lo­cated at 254 S. Main St. in Yuma.

Valen­zuela ex­plained that the Fron­tier Brass Band has be­gun its fall con­cert se­ries and Yuma is not only their first stop, but one of their fa­vorite stops.

“The theater is al­ways packed. It is al­ways our best au­di­ence,” Valen­zuela said. “Com­ing here makes our job re­ally spe­cial and we feel sup­ported.”

He added that the His­toric Yuma Theater is also a great place to play.

“It is a beau­ti­ful theater and the sound is re­ally good so we don’t have to am­plify it very much,” Valen­zuela said.

In what has the mak­ings of a good­bye tour, the Fron­tier Brass Band will also be per­form­ing in Barstow, Calif., Orange County and in the San Fer­nando Val­ley this con­cert se­ries.

Con­cert go­ers can ex­pect a va­ri­ety of spe­cially ar­ranged live mu­si­cal num­bers dur­ing the per­for­mance, which Valen­zuela said will have a New Or­leans “Mardi Gras Amer­i­can Jazz” theme.

“We have a lot of fun play­ing it. Be­sides the tra­di­tional Mardi Gras tunes you will hear pop jazz tunes mixed in to it,” Valen­zuela said. “We love all mu­sic, but this gives us an op­por­tu­nity be more en­er­getic on stage and in­ter­act with the au­di­ence be­cause we are not seated.”

While Army bands play ev­ery­thing from tra­di­tional style mu­sic to more con­tem­po­rary tunes, Valen­zuela said Brass Band mu­sic is be­com­ing more main­stream.

“It is re­ally good dance mu­sic,” said Valen­zuela, who has per­formed in Yuma 12 times. “You can shake your head to it.”

There is a very slight chance that the Fron­tier Brass Band could re­turn to Yuma later this year for a Christ­mas per­for­mance, but that may not hap­pen.

Valen­zuela said the en­sem­ble prob­a­bly won’t ex­ist past Novem­ber.

He ex­plained that the U.S. Army Mil­i­tary In­tel­li­gence Corps Band is be­ing in­ac­ti­vated by Oc­to­ber of next year and merged into an­other Army band at a dif­fer­ent in­stal­la­tion.

James Gil­bert can be reached at jgilbert@yu­masun.com or 5396854. Find him on Face­book at www. Face­book.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twit­ter @YSJamesGilbert.

LOANED PHOTO/YUMA PROVING GROUND

TONIGHT’S FREE CON­CERT at the His­toric Yuma Theater may be the last time the U.S. Army Fron­tier Brass Band per­forms in Yuma. The 9-mem­ber en­sem­ble is sched­uled to be de­ac­ti­vated in Novem­ber. Tick­ets are free and avail­able at the Yuma Art Cen­ter, lim­ited to two per per­son. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 928-373-5202.

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