Simms Summer Concerts - Tijuana Brass Tribute
The Tijuana Brass Tribute shares the popular music of Herb Alpert at Simms Park in Courtenay at 7:00 pm on Sunday, July 28. This performance is part of the free summer concert series hosted by the City of Courtenay.
Spanning a musical career of over 50 years, Herb Alpert built a solid reputation as one of the most successful performing artists of the 20th century. Formed in 1964 The Tijuana Brass quickly become one of the highest paid acts in show business with five #1 hits, 28 albums, and eight Grammy Awards.
The “BRASS” includes:
Guitarist Rick Husband has performed extensively in big bands, traditional/mainstream jazz combos, & country rock groups throughout Vancouver Island. By integrating improvised lines with familiar motifs & genres, Rick is a master at communicating with his audience.
Keyboard master Michael Eddy has performed with a multitude of groups from Dixie to rock. Michael is a classically trained pianist with a love for jazz. He was Musical Director for Keyano College Theatre in Fort McMurray for ten years.
Tom Tinsley heads up percussion. Tom has taught drums at various points in his life as well as performing jazz, rock, musical theatre, symphonic and more! Aside from drums, his passion is the vibraphone played as a solo instrument in small group settings.
Talented multi-instrumentalist Grahame Edwards plays acoustic and electric bass, percussion and trumpet. He has played in collaborations in every genre but his musical first love is improvised music and composing his own jazz tunes.
Jeff Agopsowicz is a trombone player whose musical studies include Mohawk College as well as the Canadian Armed Forces School of Music. Since retiring from an active musical career in the Armed Forces, Jeff spends time on musical compositions, freelance performing and occasional cruise ship work.
Featured on trumpet is Jay Havelaar. Originally from Campbell River, Jay spent several years playing in the UBC Jazz Ensemble & Quintessence Brass before returning to Vancouver Island to establish himself in the mid-island music scene. Jay is comfortable in a variety of musical styles & brings a distinctive voice to his trumpet in any setting.
Trumpeter and band leader Jake Masri was first attracted to the music of Herb Albert before taking up trumpet at age 11. He is passionate about jazz and also draws inspiration from a wide variety of genres including classical repertoire, musical theater, Afro-Cuban/New Orleans, and Bebop. Jake has performed with many jazz ensembles.
Other featured Simms Park performances on Sundays at 7:00 pm include, Big Little Lions on August 11, Retro Rock Revival on August 18 and My Generation with a Food Bank Drive on August 25.
For more information, check out the Simms Summer Concert Series page.
The Simms Summer Concert Series season is sponsored by the Comox Valley Record, The Goat 98.9 FM, What’s On Comox Valley and the City of Courtenay.