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12-piece horn band at Holmes

When the Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome performed at the Historic Holmes Theatre's annual fund raising gala, Motion, this past spring, they proved so popular that they were invited to come back.

Fargo's hottest 12-piece horn band will perform at the newly renovated Detroit Lakes Pavilion this Friday, June 22, from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome will play dance music ranging from Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin to Billy Joel and Chicago.

According to Russ Peterson, who plays alto saxophone, the band is a throwback to the days when rock and roll bands featured hot horn sections and driving rhythms.

While most of the group's members are either music educators or professional musicians in various genres, they clearly enjoy making music the PTFS way.

"The band is mostly made up of college teachers from the Tri Colleges (Minnesota State, North Dakota State and Concordia, all located in the Fargo-Moorhead area)," Peterson says. "This rock band has more Ph.D.'s per capita than the colleges -- half of the members have their doctorates, and there's another who is working on getting his."

What they all have in common, he says, is a love of music.

"The great thing about this band is everybody in it is a pretty accomplished professional player -- so we only had about three or four rehearsals before we first started performing together last summer," Peterson says. "After those three or four rehearsals, everything just clicked -- the group worked together quite well, almost instantaneously."

What makes the band stand out from others in the area, Peterson says, is that half of its 12 members are horn players. The six-piece horn section gives PTFS a classic 1960s-70s rock sound.

"I love this music, the 1970s and 60s classic rock," he says. "It's real high energy music that everybody recognizes, and put horns on top of it and it's really exhilarating. I just love this band. If I wasn't in it, I tell them, I'd go see them perform every night.

"We've got some really great singers, and everybody in the band is an outstanding soloist," he adds.

Besides Russ Peterson, the lineup includes vocalists Jay Beech and Sarah Morken, bass player Toby Curtright, drummer Nick Peterson, guitarist Eric Klotz, keyboardist Al Berg, trumpet players Tom Strait and Jesse Braunagel, tenor sax player Matt Patnocde, baritone sax player Josh Argall and trombone player Nat Dickey.

Tickets for the June 22 dance at the Pavilion are $10, and can be purchased through the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office, located at 806 Summit Ave. in Detroit Lakes, by calling 218-844-SHOW or at the door on the night of the event.

The Detroit Lakes Pavilion, built in the early 1900s, was renovated in 2006 and features a beautiful hardwood dance floor. Located on the shores of Little Detroit Lake, at the southwest edge of the city park, the Pavilion has hosted thousands of dances and parties including entertainment by the Unbelievable Uglies, Roy Orbison, Al Gillespie and the Jack Mills Orchestra.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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