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Air Force Musicians Honor Nebraska Veterans With Special Concerts

LINCOLN, NE - February 21, 2019 The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants from Washington, D.C., are heading out on a 9-day community this March. All concerts are free and open to the public. Ticket information for these concerts is available at https://bit.ly/TheUSAFBandTour.

Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Lied Center for the Performing Arts

301 N. 12th Street

Lincoln, NE 68588-0151

“The United States Air Force Band is uniquely equipped to honor veterans, inspire patriotism and positively impact the global community through the power of music,” says Colonel Don Schofield, Commander and Conductor of The USAF Band. “Music can bring people and communities together regardless of language or cultural barriers. It enables communication across these barriers and allows us to connect with people all over the world as we share the most positive aspects of American culture.”

In addition to daily tour performances, members of the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will also be mentoring students in local communities through the Advancing Innovation through Music (AIM) educational outreach program. On a typical AIM visit, Air Force Band members work with individual instrument groups at a local school, focusing on skills such as proper technique, musical phrasing and correct posture. Then, the groups combine as a whole in a "side-by-side" rehearsal demonstration, where the students can hear how the music they are working on is performed at a professional level.

"Our AIM program has been an outstanding success, allowing us to reach over 100,000 students in the Washington, D.C. area over the last five years with music clinics, side-by-side performances and rehearsals with school groups and professional music demonstrations,” says Col. Schofield. “As we tour across the nation performing our community outreach mission, AIM fills a vital role in helping us connect the Air Force to our communities.”

The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants are two of the six performing ensembles within The United States Air Force Band, the premier musical organization of the U.S. Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., The U.S. Air Force Band honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States of America.

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

- The U.S. Air Force Band has received international exposure by creating highly popular and successful holiday flash mob videos over the past five years. These videos were viewed by more than 50 million people on YouTube and were featured on major worldwide news networks.

- In 2015 and 2016, the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants were the featured performing ensemble of the nationally broadcast Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York City.