Band Together

The Sail Inn in Tempe seems like a pretty unlikely place to catch a marching band perform. After all, traditionally you would expect to find a marching band at a parade or somewhere where they could, you know, actually march. But there isn't very much traditional about Portland's MarchFourth Marching Band. On paper the group is built just like your typical marching band. It features a 12-piece horn section (4 saxophones, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets) and a 10-piece drum/percussion set, all of which is anchored by a battery powered electric bass. But that's really where the similarities end. If anything MarchFourth is more like a traveling circus then a marching band. The groups live shows feature the band in colorful costumes, stilt-walkers, fire eaters, flag twirlers and burlesque dancers. The group has a wide range of musical influences ranging from gypsy brass to funk and most of those influences come through in their music. The group is currently touring in support of their second studio album, Rise Up. With their unique approach to the marching band concept and the combination of their big sound and entertaining live stage act almost guarantee an exciting show. Certainly better than anything you can expect to find at half-time of a local high school football game.
Sat., June 5, 8 p.m., 2010
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Mike Escoto