The Repercussions


Performing in the 2014 Green Show on Saturday, June 14.

This is their first season in the OSF Green Show.

An "unplugged" marching, rock 'n roll, big band.

The California Repercussions are a 45-piece band made of equal parts brass, woodwinds, percussion, and pure fun. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the “Reapers" perform often at public and private events around Northern California. But we also thrill crowds on international tours. We have been mobbed for autographs by fans in the Soviet Union, played an impromptu set in Leicester Square in London, gotten the crowd dancing on tables at Oktoberfest in Munich, and spread our musical goodwill in other countries including Spain, Australia, and Brazil.

How do we do it? We are mostly former members of college marching bands who may have graduated from school, but never fully grew up. We still get a rush from blowing high notes, laugh when we do a conga line with a row of sousaphones, and grin as widely as the kid we recruit to shake a maraca with us. We don’t just stand there and play, we’re there to have fun. Horns wave in the air, bodies dance, and audience members often find themselves part of the show! Though we’re a large band, the show isn’t a constant wall of sound: we mix the power tunes in with others that feature a section of the band or a talented soloist.

Our song list is extensive, allowing us to tailor each performance to the audience. We can blow swing classics from the ‘40s, rock out with songs from Green Day or Queen, and get the joint bumpin’ with current pop hits from Adele or Bruno Mars. Oh yeah, we can bust out a Sousa march when challenged to. We’ve recorded some of these songs for albums we released in 2010 and 2013.

In over thirty years the Reapers have had the pleasure of playing for many discriminating clients and events such as the NFL Pro Bowl, the San Francisco Giants, the National Mayors’ Conference, and Oracle Corporation. With the instrumentation and mobility of a marching band, we can play just about anywhere, indoors or outdoors, with no stage or amplification required. We can make a surprise entrance and then be gone after the last note is played, with no setup or takedown.

One thing for sure is that with the "Reapers" fun is guaranteed.

The Repercussions on Community:  With roots in college music, the band's community to this day is connected to young musicians. The group's "business model" is to promote music to young people. There's no question that the Reapers have been instrumental in fostering new musicians' enthusiasm, and we find that many who start with us in high school visit us while they are at college and return as full time members thereafter. Our young players have gone on to universities in California and Oregon and continued their musical endeavors, including rising to postions of leadership within other groups.

With a volunteer group, the one and only reason people participate is that they want to be involved. The Repercussions' long term success is largely due to the band's sense of community, including the supportive environment and welcoming of all generations of skilled musicians. Furthermore, most of the group's material is arranged by its members, with the reward of the enjoyment of having the material performed. Recently the arrangers conducted a retreat for aspiring arrangers, to support and help them grow.

On a personal note, I have a special connection with Ashland, as a part-time resident for 10 years and an office in Ashland. I do what I can to support business locally, as everything adds up. For this trip we expect to travel with about 45 musicians and again as many family members, and with a several-day stay in town we will do our part for local hotels, businesses, merchants, and of course other shows. That would be icing on the cake for the community, as our principal contribution would be a fantasitc performance at the Green Show. For me, it's a perfect combination -- to have a hand in sharing what the band has to offer and and the same time show them what's terrific about Ashland.