World War II B-26 bomber pilot Richard Marsch, 100, will be the grand marshal of this year's
Veterans Day parade in Fairfield. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic file)
FAIRFIELD — World War II B-26 bomber pilot and Fairfield resident Richard Marsch, who flew 65 missions over Italy and southern France, will be leading this year’s Veterans Day parade Sunday in Fairfield.
Marsch, 100, who was born in Iowa, joined the Army Air Force after the U.S. entered the war because “I was not anxious to be in the infantry with a rifle in my hand.”
He was sent to the 320th Bomb Group based in Sardinia to fly B-26s, attacking railroad yards, road bridges, rail bridges and troop concentrations across central and northern Italy.
When the war ended, he was flying B-25 bombers which would be deployed to the Pacific for the invasion of Japan.
Fairfield’s Veterans Day commemoration will start at 10 a.m. at the Downtown Theater at 1035 Texas St. with a patriotic performance by the Alive Music Orchestra followed by a recognition ceremony honoring the area’s veterans.
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By Carol Moore
FAIRFIELD — Flight – from the uplifting lilt of the Wright brothers’ 12-second attempt to the thundering resonance befitting the U.S. Air Force – was captured in music the night of Oct. 12 by the Solano Winds.
Before a packed house at the Downtown Theatre, the community concert band, directed by Bill Doherty, saluted the 75th anniversary of Travis Air Force Base with an enthusiastic assist from the brass ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West.
The SF State Wind Ensemble is comprised of about 65 musicians, including students, faculty, staff and community members. Performances feature new compositions for wind band in addition to works from the core wind literature. The ensemble is dedicated to presenting an exciting variety of challenging repertoire from all musical periods, cultures and styles. The ensemble commissions new music, presents world premieres and collaborates with renowned guest artists. Conducted by Bradley Hogarth.
VACAVILLE — The 19th Annual Vacaville Jazz Festival drew to a close Sunday with the sounds of The Commanders, an ensemble from the U.S. Air Force Band of Golden West at Travis Air Force Base.
The evening was a tribute to prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action.
About 60 people came for the finale concert; about 10 of them were retired military.
VACAVILLE — A program that began 12 years ago, with a nominal grant, continues today with funding from new sources.
The Vaca Jazz Society offers a weekly band camp for aspiring jazz musicians that kicks off just as school resumes and wraps up with a performance at the annual Vacaville Jazz Festival.
Next Friday, Aug. 17 beginning at 6 p.m., the cool Carson City Community Center will be swinging as the hot USAF Band of the Golden West Commanders Jazz Ensemble performs tunes from some of the greatest swing bands of all times.
The audience will be tapping toes to the sounds of the big band era when Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie and more enthralled audiences all over the world as war raged around them.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to flap your tail feathers and lick those lips, the Biggest Little City Wing Fest returns on July 6 to July 7 in Downtown Reno.
The sixth annual event, welcomes thousands of attendees to enjoy the 20,000 pounds of chicken wings from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
This year’s Wing Fest will feature free concerts and over 20 wing cookers will participate and compete for the best sauces.
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The Fourth of July is still a couple of weeks away but those already (or always) in a patriotic mood are sure to enjoy an upcoming concert from the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West.
The Concert Band — the largest performing ensemble within the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West — will perform in the Simonsen Performing Arts Center at Bakersfield College on the evening of June 26.
The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons will welcome back the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West Concert Band on Wednesday, June 27. Stationed in the San Francisco Bay area at Travis Air Force Base, the Band of the Golden West is the Air Force’s only active-duty musical unit west of the Rocky Mountains.
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