Tuesday, May 10, 2022: US Pacific Fleet’s Big Wave Brass Band. Juneau Hope Endowment Fund. World Bird Migration Day. An evening with humorist David Sedaris.


US Pacific Fleet Big Wave Band performing at the Juneau Maritime Festival (Photo courtesy of the Juneau Economic Development Council).

High energy is an understatement for the US Pacific Fleet’s Big Wave Brass Band, in town this week for the Juneau Jazz and Classics spring concert series

On this Tuesday’s Juneau Afternoon, a few of the band members will drop in on the show. They’ll talk about their lives as touring professional musicians, who serve their country by using their talents to perform at military and diplomatic functions, as well as  community events like the Juneau Maritime Festival and Juneau Jazz and Classics.

Also, on this program:

  • The Hope Endowment Fund, a partnership between the Juneau Community Foundation and the City and Borough of Juneau. How the fund helps some of the community’s most vulnerable.
  • A bird-banding demonstration from the Juneau Audubon Society, as part of World Migratory Bird Day.
  • Comedian David Sedaris returns to Juneau to perform at a KTOO benefit.
Rhonda McBride, Producer of Juneau Afternoon

Rhonda McBride hosts this Tuesday’s program. You can catch Juneau Afternoon, Tuesday through Friday, live at 3:00 p.m. on KTOO Juneau 104.3. The rebroadcast airs at 7:00 p.m. on KTOO. You can also listen online at ktoo.org.

For more information about Juneau Afternoon or to schedule time on the show, email juneauafternoon@ktoo.org.




Part 1: US Pacific Fleet: Making music in the military.

Guests: Musicians Chief Chris Jerome, US Pacific Fleet Band, unit leader and sousaphone player

The US Pacific Fleet Big Wave Brass Band includes MUC Chris Jerome- sousaphone and unit leader, MU2 Tim Hutchens – trombone, MU2 Matt Durr – trombone, MU3 Chandler Davis – Saxophone, MU3 Wes Carroll – trumpet, MU3 Cory Johnson – trumpet, MU3 Matt Feick – Drums, and MU3 Amanda Huddleston – vocals (Photo courtesy of Juneau Jazz & Classics and US Pacific Fleet).

The US Pacific Fleet’s Big Wave Band is headquartered in Hawaii. It provides support for ships, military installations, foreign dignitaries, and community events throughout the Pacific.


Part 2: Hope Endowment Fund awarded almost $2 million in grants

Guests: Amy Skilbred, Executive Director and Reed Stoops, grants committee member — Juneau Community Foundation

The Juneau Community Foundation’s Hope Endowment Fund gave grants to two dozen non-profits in Juneau this year. Each received a share of more than $1.95 million in funding. The grants were prioritized to serve people in crisis — programs aimed at stabilizing some of the community’s most vulnerable — such as those in need of food and housing, victims of domestic violence or those with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Suicide prevention programs and care for the elderly were also at the top of the list for funding.


Collectively, money from the Juneau Community Foundation’s Hope Endowment Fund and the City and Borough of Juneau, provided  local non-profits with more than $1.9 million, The partnership also streamlined the grant writing process (Photo courtesy of Juneau Community Foundation).


Part 3: Juneau Audubon Society marks World Migratory Bird Day

Guests: Gwen Baluss, Juneau Audubon Society board member.

The Juneau Audubon Society is celebrating World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 14th with a bird-banding demonstration from 7:00-10:00 a.m. It’s a chance to see songbirds up close and learn about techniques for studying birds.


Look closely and you’ll see that this Lincoln’s Sparrow has been banded. It’s a species that may be captured and banded at the Juneau Audubon Society’s bird-banding demonstration on Saturday. One of the presenters, Gwen Baluss, says you can find these tiny birds nesting all over Juneau, but they winter in the southern United States and as far away as Central America (Photo by Gwen Baluss).


Part 4: David Sedaris brings laughter to Juneau

Guests: Jeana Varney, Membership and Marketing Director and Bostin Christopher, Business and Community Support –KTOO.

David Sedaris, a humorist, writer and regular NPR contributor, returns to Juneau on Wednesday, May 18th, to bring an evening of wit and social critique. The performance is a fundraiser for KTOO, the station’s first in-person event since the pandemic.


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