Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns

Sometimes you can be blown away with a great soprano aria. Sometimes you are brought to tears by the singing a beautiful choir. Even a sunset can make one stop and contemplate the universe, but when you hear the power, precision and drive of a band like this, all you can do is put down your horn and take a lesson.

Please enjoy an ensemble which can only be described as a combination of North Texas State (University of North Texas, now) precision, the funk feel of George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic , the down home swagger of Sly & the Family Stone, the up to dated styling of Chicago, BS&T and Tower of Power, the raw energy of Stevie Wonder, and the creativity of the last efforts of Miles Davis. If you ever need to give an example of utter perfection and precision in brass playing, use this as your standard.

Bruce was a member of the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, School of Music in Cedar Falls from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. He has performed with many well-known entertainers such as Bob Hope, Jim Nabors, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Anita Bryant, Carman Cavalara, Victor Borgie, the Four Freshman, Blackstone the Magician, Bobby Vinton and John Davidson.

4 thoughts on “Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns

  1. Dan Falcone

    Hi Bruce, I am one of the 2 trumpet players with the Fat City Horns. I really appreciate your blog and wonderful review. If you ever come to Las Vegas, please contact me and I’ll set aside a table for you and your guests to see our show. We perform every Monday at 10:30pm at the Palms hotel. Take care,
    Dan Falcone

    • Bruce Chidester

      That is very kind of you and we (trumpet players/ teachers) want to thank you and your group for the quality and inspiration you have given us all.

      When I have time and my group has time to practice, I would like to try to write something in your style just to see if we could come close.

      The very best to you and yours.


  2. Jason Levi

    North Texas represent!

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