The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants from Washington, D.C., will be in America’s heartland through Oct. 26. The tour includes stops in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana. All tour concerts are free and open to the public.
Senior Master Sgt. Philip Krzywicki, a graduate of DePauw University, is especially excited about the upcoming tour.
DePauw afforded me many fine musical opportunities. The small class size and wonderful faculty gave me the attention I needed and nurtured my abilities—they got me on the right track. This is where I first realized my love for performing onstage.
Senior Master Sgt. Philip Krzywicki, a graduate of DePauw University, one of the concert tour stops
“After 22 years of touring all across this country with the band, it’s great to finally come through this part of Indiana and be back on the stage of Kresge Auditorium,” said Krzywicki. “DePauw afforded me many fine musical opportunities. The small class size and wonderful faculty gave me the attention I needed and nurtured my abilities—they got me on the right track. This is where I first realized my love for performing onstage.”
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In addition to daily tour performances, members of the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will also mentor students in local communities through the Advancing Innovation through Music Educational Outreach program.
On a typical AIM visit, Air Force Band members work with individual sections of 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 at home in Washington, D.C., allowing us to reach over 40,000 students in the National Capital Region over the last two years with music clinics, side-by-side performances and rehearsals with school groups and professional music demonstrations,” said Air Force Band commander and conductor Col. Larry H. Lang. “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.”
Our AIM program has been an outstanding success at home in Washington, D.C., allowing us to reach over 40,000 students in the National Capital Region over the last two years with music clinics, side-by-side performances and rehearsals with school groups and professional music demonstrations.
Col. Larry H. Lang, Air Force Band commander and conductor
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.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of The United States Air Force. It also marks the 75th anniversary of The United States Air Force Band.
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.
The U.S. Air Force Band has received international exposure by creating highly popular and successful holiday flash mob videos over the past four years. These videos were viewed by more than 35 million people on YouTube and were featured on major worldwide news networks.
Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
▪ University of Missouri Jesse Auditorium; Lowry St.; Columbia, Mo., 65201.
Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.
▪ Missouri Military Academy Centennial Gymnatorium; 204 N Grand St.; Mexico, Mo., 65265.
Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.
▪ Belleville West High School; 4063 Frank Scott Pkwy W.; Belleville, Ill., 62223.
Oct. 22 at 3 p.m.
▪ Effingham Performance Center; 1325 Outer Belt West; Effingham, Ill., 62401.
Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
▪ DePauw University; Green Center for the Performing Arts, Kresge Auditorium; 605 S. College Ave.; Greencastle, Ind., 46135.
Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
▪ Civic Hall Performing Arts Center; 380 Hub Etchison Parkway; Richmond, Ind., 47374.
Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
▪ 801 Conley Ave.; Columbia, Mo. 65211; and
▪ Ball State University; Emens Auditorium; 1800 W. Riverside Ave., 47306.
Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
▪ 204 N. Grand St.; Mexico, Mo., 65265; and
▪ Pike Performing Arts Center; 6701 Zionsville Road; Indianapolis, Ind., 46268.
People can view ticket information for each specific tour concert at http://www.music.af.mil/Bands/The-United-States-Air-Force-Band/.