Brass from the Past: Arizona’s Official Historical Brass Band performs at the AFP

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What do you get when you combine a group of talented musicians in turn-of-the century (that would be the 20th century) uniforms, performing music written by such outstanding but little known Arizona composers as Achille La Guardia (Fiorello’s father) and Federico Ronstadt (Linda’s grandfather), using such instruments as a 1911 double-bell euphonium? You get Territorial Brass. You get great music. And you get an historical re-enactment experience like no other.


Territorial Brass was formed in February 1987 and was quickly recognized by museums across Arizona as an entertaining living history resource. Dressed in uniforms modeled after the Prescott and Bisbee brass bands, Territorial Brass recaptures the golden age of the American town band. This twelve member ensemble specializes in 19th century American brass band music, playing authentic arrangements from 1835, through the Civil War, to Arizona’s year of statehood.


Proclaimed Arizona’s Official Historical Brass Band in 1990, Territorial Brass participated in the 52nd Presidential Inaugural Parade in 1993 and received the Arizona Historical Association’s Culture Keeper Award in 2003. The group is honored to have been recognized as a Legacy Project for the Arizona Centennial by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission in 2009.


Turn off the television, unplug the iPods, and bring the whole family out to the AFP for an afternoon of unforgettable music from Arizona’s past.

If you go

When: Jan. 12 and 13

Doors open at 1 p.m., with performances starting at 2 p.m. For reservations, call 520-378-6165, or email Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for children 17 and under.

To get there

Go 6 miles south of Sierra Vista on Highway 92 to Ramsey Canyon Road. Turn right (west) on Ramsey Canyon Road, drive 3.3 miles into the canyon, and watch for the AFP entrance and sign to the left.

About the AFP

Tucked off the beaten path in beautiful Ramsey Canyon, the AFP offers an intimate, appealing theater seating just 60 guests. The rustic, comfortable performing space also boasts excellent acoustics and a state-of-the art sound system. The AFP bookstore stocks CDs by featured artists as well as Western-themed books and art, along with handmade jewelry, pottery, and soaps. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase to enjoy during the performance.

Operated in partnership with the University of Arizona South and staffed entirely by volunteers, the AFP is a 501(c)3 organization. Now in its 16th season, the AFP’s mission is “to collect, present and preserve the songs, stories, legends, myths, and western poetry of the State of Arizona.”

Coming soon

Upcoming performers at the AFP include Western music great Dave Stamey on Jan. 19 and 20 and AFP founder and artist-in-residence Dolan Ellis on Jan. 26 and 27. For more information, including performance schedules and additional information on featured artists, visit the AFP website,, or call 520-378-6165.

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