The Air Force Brass Quintet

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Blue (Grass) Navy Band.

Hello all!  Rachel did a pretty cool presentation on Wednesday.  I liked the whole concept of contemporary music.  I often wonder who is premiering these works and who is writing them.  I wonder if there is one brass ensemble out there dedicated to new music.  I also liked how the presentation ended with some funk/jazz music.  Although those groups aren't considered "traditional" I think their musicianship is great.  It's also fun to grove to.

For this week I'll be sharing a few things about the Navy Band.  The United States Navy Band is the premier musical organization of the the U.S. Navy.  It is comprised of six performing groups as well as many chamber ensembles.  The performing groups include:

Concert Band
Ceremonial Band
Sea Chanters
Country Current
Chamber Ensembles

The Concert Band and the Ceremonial Band both play patriotic music like marches and wind ensemble literature.  But what is really interesting is the Country Current group.  It is a country/blue grass group.  They tour the country to recruit for the Navy by spreading music throughout the nation.  I had no idea that the Navy had this type of ensemble.  You learn something new everyday...

There are lots of interesting things about the Navy Band HERE.  Check it out!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Military Career Info. Condensed

Hello all,

Tonia did a great presentation today.  I thought it was good to start off with something that we all know and love.  The variety was great too and I enjoyed the presentation.  I found a three or four page pamphlet in MWIB the other day detailing the career information about the Presidents Own Marine Band.  There is quite a bit of information so I'll just get down to the nitty gritty.  

Musical Requirements:
No specific level is needed, but most members hold college degrees and some hold advances degrees.  

Be a U.S. citizen
Renounce foreign citizenship if candidate has both 
Maximum age of 28
Pass the ASVAB
Comply with heath and weight standards 
No arrests or felonies 
No involvement with the law even as a juvenile 
No illegal drug use 
No moving/parking fines over $200

This info also details the rate of pay with and without dependents: 

Without dependents 
Basic pay: 2,281.20 
BAH 1689.00 
Total monthly  4295.24

With dependents 
Basic pay: 2281.20
BAH 2217.00
Total monthly 4823.24

On average a member makes 6,000 more per year.  That's quite a bit.  I think it's time to get married! 

Furthermore, there are benefits, a savings plan, vacation time and educational assistance.  More about that next time.  I'll let you digest these figures and qualifications first.  

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Stevie Wonder gets down with the Air Force. Do you?

Hello again!  Check out this video I found of the Hot Brass.  Being from the South, (yes, capital S) I love this kid's accent.  I seriously didn't know that the Air Force could (or would) get down like that.  Enjoy!

A Funk band in the Military?? Who knew!

Hello all!  I'm back to blog.  I thought Nate did a great first presentation on his listening project.  Maybe I should have known this, but it was pretty cool to find out that John Aley, professor of trumpet at UW-Madison, was in the American Brass Quintet.  That is pretty serious.  I definitely enjoyed the presentation and cannot wait to bring some cool stuff to the table like Nate did.

Adam Stevens suggested I look up the Hot Brass so I did.  Thanks, Adam.  It is apart of the USAF Band and they do stuff like funk, jazz and blues styles.  They also do outreach concerts around the world.  I always thought that the USAF Band was about marches, classical music, and more marching.  However, it's way cool that they also do jazz.  I guess it's another way to promote the military and patriotism using American music.  Since I want to be in the Air Force, I'd better work on my jazz chops if I ever wanna hang with these guys.  Check them out here!  Look up Hot Brass and you'll learn all about them.