Bandella is a band of astronauts. They have been performing for over 14 years. With acoustic guitars, jazzy flute, inspired vocals, banjo, and stand-up bass, these aerospace musicians entertain with a mixture of folk originals, re-imagined ’70s/’80s folk/rock standards, bluegrass, and jazz.
The band is led by Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station, who is famous for his in-space rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” Cady Coleman is a retired NASA astronaut and accomplished flutist, who played a duet with Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson – from space. Vocalist Micki Pettit is married to an astronaut, and brings a big jazz & show-tune voice to every show. Joe Schmid is a NASA Flight Surgeon, Air Force two-star general, and stand-up bass player.Steve Robinson is a retired NASA astronaut, Sacramento native, UC Davis professor, and multi-instrumentalist on acoustic lead guitar, banjo, and stand-up bass.