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Concert Band and Singing Sergeants Spring Into Tour

Posted 4/1/2010   Updated 4/7/2010 Email story   Print story


by Master Sgt. Brian McCurdy
The USAF Band

4/1/2010 - BOLLING AFB, D.C. -- This April, the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will embark on a 19-day tour through the great states of Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

Those attending one of our performances on this tour will receive a copy of the latest CDC release from the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants, "On Tour". This recording will contain highlights from the both the 2009 spring and fall tours--a special "thank you" from the U.S. Air Force! For a special preview of "On Tour", please click here.

The spring 2010 tour program will feature some contemporary music, as well as some old favorites. Senior Master Sgt. Erica Montgomery, a native of Louisville, Ky., will be featured in Lee Actor's "Concerto for Timpani and Band". The work, composed in 2007, promises to thrill audiences with its dazzling use of the timpani as a melodic instrument.

Also featured on the tour will be the Concert Band's Principal Tubist, Master Sgt. Brian Sands. He will be performing "Meditation and Blues", a new work for tuba and concert band by the Band's Chief Arranger, Senior Master Sgt. Bob Thurston. The work begins with a soulful, eloquent melody and continues with a captivating tune that recalls the brilliance of Henry Mancini.

The Singing Sergeants will take the American public down memory lane with Chief Master Sgt. (ret.) Mike Davis's medley "The Nifty 50's" and Sgt. Thurston's compilation "That 70's Medley".

Other works on the tour programs include Respighi's "The Pines of Rome" and Julie Giroux's "A Symphony of Fables". The latter is also a new work that was commissioned by the United States Air Force Band of Flight. The composer's intent of the work is, " make the audience and performers alike experience the wonders of a childhood story heard for the very first time through the magic of music."

We hope to see you at one of our performances! Please check our website for the most up-to-date information about each concert.

Thursday, April 8
7:00 p.m., Richard W. Warren Middle School Cafetorium, 3501 New Lawrence Road, Leavenworth, Kan.

Friday, April 9
8:00 p.m., NMSU Mary Linn Auditorium, 800 University Drive, Maryville, Mo.

Saturday, April 10
7:30 p.m., University of Kansas Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, Kan.

Sunday, April 11
3:00 p.m., Lee's Summit HS Auditorium, 400 SE Blue Parkway, Lee's Summit, Mo.

Monday, April 12
7:00 p.m., University of Missouri Jesse Auditorium, 311 Jesse Hall, Columbia, Mo.

Tuesday, April 13
7:00 p.m., Quincy JRHS Auditorium, 100 South 14th Street, Quincy, Ill.

Wednesday, April 14
7:30 p.m., Lanphier High School Lober-Nika Gymnasium, 1300 North 11th Street, Springfield, Ill.

Thursday, April 15
7:00 p.m., Decatur Civic Center, 1 Gary K Anderson Plz, Decatur, Ill.

Friday, April 16
7:00 p.m., Terre Haute North Vigo HS Auditorium, 3434 Maple Avenue, Terre Haute, Ind.

Saturday, April 17
7:30 p.m., Greenwood Community HS Auditorium, 615 W. Smith Valley Road, Greenwood, Ind.

Sunday, April 18
3:00 p.m., Lawrence Central HS, Caroline V. Hanna Auditorium, 7300 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, Ind.

Monday, April 19
3:00 p.m., Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond, Ind.

Tuesday, April 20
7:00 p.m., Ballard HS Sandy Allen Fine Arts Center, 6000 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, Ky.

Wednesday, April 21
7:30 p.m., Kentucky State University Bradford Hall Auditorium, 400 East Main Street, Frankfort, Ky.

Thursday, April 22
7:30 p.m., Transylvania University Haggin Auditorium, 300 North Broadway, Lexington, Ky.

Friday, April 23
7:30 p.m., The Clay Center, One Clay Square, Charleston, W. Va.

Saturday, April 24
7:30 p.m., Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, Ky.

Sunday, April 25
3:00 p.m., Lincoln High School Gymnasium, 101 Jerry Toth Drive, Shinnston, W. Va.

4/24/2010 3:15:37 PM ET
The one here in Lexington was AWESOME
Chris Thompson, Kentucky
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