GALAXY is a 7-piece, high energy popular music ensemble that is part of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West stationed at Travis AFB, CA. This dynamic ensemble shares America’s musical heritage at every performance, covering genres from today’s Top 40 hits, to Classic Rock, Latin music, as well as smooth R&B. Galaxy keeps an active schedule performing concerts all over the west coast of the U.S. representing the men and women of the USAF Air Mobility Command, promoting military recruiting, and community relations objectives. A Galaxy performance will leave you wanting more of today’s most recognizable songs, as well as take you back in time to the great hits of the past.
For more than three decades, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. Throughout his career Sanchez has held aloft the torch lit by such innovators as Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente and Cal Tjader, embraced by each of those icons and entrusted to carry forward the traditions of Latin Jazz.
Sanchez's influences are numerous, and his catalogue is rich with his homages to several of his mentors -- Santamaria, Puente and Tjader among them. But alongside those Latin pioneers, among the more prominent figures that inform his music is the iconic saxophonist John Coltrane. On his latest album Trane's Delight, Sanchez pays tribute to the late jazz legend with Latin-tinged reimaginings of Coltrane classics as well as new pieces composed in honor of the tenor titan.