A brassy musical collaboration is about to take place. I spoke with two of their principals to find out what's going on. Master Sgt. Jeff Castle plays trumpet and is in charge of Freedom Brass.
"Freedom Brass is one of the chamber ensembles for the Band of the West," Castle said.
The Band of the West is a series of bands who make up the Air Force's musical wing. I also spoke to John Carroll, who plays trumpet in the San Antonio Symphony and is the executive director of the San Antonio Brass.
It is these two entities that have created a project together.
Members of the Gateway Brass recently visited the TPR studios for a performance and conversation about their careers in music and in the U.S. Air Force. You can hear three songs recorded in our session at the bottom of this page.
This week starts local performances with Lackland Air Force Base's Band of the West, led by Captain Michael Hoerber. The concerts are free and open to the public, but tickets are recommended for early seating. (For the San Antonio concerts at Sea World, admission is required to the park, but the concert is free inside.)
The patriotic program includes music of all branches of the military, and span from the Revolutionary War to today. Ensembles include their Concert Band, Dimensions in Blue, Warhawk, and soloists Ainsley Davis and Jennifer Daffinee.
This Veteran's Day, music from Leonard Bernstein, John Phillip Sousa, and George Gershwin will fill the Majestic Theatre as the San Antonio Symphony is joined by the US Air Force's Band of the West.
"We'll use some of their players, they'll use some of our players, and we will all join together for Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture!" said Captain Mike Hoerber, adding that it is a great way to continue the mission of the band.