Tower of Power - You're Still A Young Man - Cache Creek Casino - Doc Kupka - Chuck Hansen
A very interesting Saturday with Doc Kupka, Tower of Power's Bari player.
The day started by picking Doc up at the Oakland Airport; driving to the Cal v Washington State football game where the Cal Marching Band showcased Doc's newly written tune during half-time -- co-written and scored by Hollywood heavyweight Bill Ross; then drove to Cache Creek Casino Resort, in time for soundcheck with Tower of Power; then unexpectedly, sat in on TOP's show, playing my Bass Sax during the band's encore set. The show was sold out and was my second time sitting in with the band.
Thanks to Jack Hylen, TOP's road manager, for smoothing out my drop-in; and Merrill Lynch's Sacramento-native, Jason Ezzell, for arranging a last minute room at the sold out hotel, not to mention comp tix for Randy & Terry Biagi.
A special thanks to Cal Marching Band Leader, Bob Calonico, for organizing the day for us and directing the Cal Marching Band.
Finally, a very special 'thank you' to Bill Ross for his great arrangement and scoring.
Appearing with Tower of Power at Cache Creek Casino Resort, included:
Emilio Castillo, Band Leader & Tenor Sax
Doc Kupka, Baritone Sax
Tom E. Politzer, Tenor Sax
Mic Gillette, Trumpet, Trombone, and Flugelhorn
Adolfo Acosta, Trumpets
David Garibaldi, Drums
Rocco Presita, Bass
Jerry Cortez, Guitar
Roger Smith, Keyboards
Larry Braggs, Lead Vocals
Special Guest: Chuck Hansen, Bass Sax
...and 'thank you' Randy Biagi for the video work.