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Band performances across the metropolitan area
Max Impact will be among the seven performing groups from the Band that will present public holiday concerts across the metropolitan area from Dec. 5 to Dec. 16. (A.F. photo)
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"Spirit of the Season" takes over the region

Posted 11/19/2013   Updated 11/27/2013 Email story   Print story

    


by Technical Sgt. Adam Green

11/19/2013 - Washington D.C. -- The United States Air Force Band's holiday concerts are just around the corner. This year will feature many new and exciting offerings centering around the theme of "Spirit of the Season." Nearly all of our performing ensembles will be featured in various locations around the metropolitan area. There will be something for everyone, including a fun matinee performance for school children by the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants. Take a look at the lineup and circle the one that is best for you. You may notice that we will not be performing at the D.A.R. Constitution Hall. Due to the limitations brought on by sequestration, we are not able to perform at Constitution Hall this year. However, your United States Air Force Band is flexible in more ways than one. We have chosen to bring the "Spirit of the Season" to various venues around town.

The U.S. Air Force's premier rock band, Max Impact, will present holiday-inspired sets at one of our nation's favorite museums on the Mall, as well as a performance at Joint Base Andrews for military members and their families. Max Impact is a high-energy rock band guaranteed to entertain you this holiday season.

Thursday, Dec. 5; Friday, Dec. 6; Saturday, Dec. 7 & Sunday, Dec. 8
11 a.m., noon & 1 p.m.
National Air and Space Museum
Independence Ave. at 6th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

The official chorus of the U. S. Air Force, the Singing Sergeants is one of the most versatile and talented choral organizations in the world. The group will present concerts of a capella holiday favorites at another popular museum on the Mall.

Saturday, Dec. 7
11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

The Air Force's premier country band, Silver Wings, will be featured at this same museum on Sunday, Dec. 8. The core of this group recently returned from a highly successful deployment, providing service members a well-needed "taste of home." This dynamic performing ensemble will keep your toes tapping with some down-home holiday music.

11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

If you would like to bring in the holiday season listening to jazz, the U.S. Air Force's premier jazz band, the Airmen of Note, will thrill you with some fun, classic as well as new, holiday charts. In 2010, their album "Cool Yule" reached number 2 on JazzWeek magazine's Jazz Weekly chart. This year, you will have the chance to hear these tunes live!

Thursday, Dec. 12
7:30 p.m.
College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Road
La Plata, Md. 20646
Free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Friday, Dec. 13
7 p.m.
THE ARC
1901 Mississippi Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20020
To make your reservations call, 202-889-5901 or print free digital tickets at:
https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=ea308e9b28ad161cd8e53d0a9e8a3278

And finally, the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will perform a large-scale production titled "Spirit of the Season." We are excited to present this concert at two local high schools and at the Smithsonian Institute National Air and Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center. This program will be repeated in an abbreviated format as a matinee for school children on Monday, Dec. 16 at the Udvar-Hazy Center, as well.

Thursday, Dec. 12
7 p.m.
T. C. Williams High School Auditorium
3330 King Street
Alexandria, Va. 22302
Free tickets are available inside door 1 at the school Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. starting Nov. 25. (Closed Nov. 27 - 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.)

Friday, Dec. 13
7 p.m.
Walter Johnson High School Auditorium
6400 Rock Spring Drive
Bethesda, Md. 20814
Free electronic tickets available at: www.wjmusic.eventbrite.com

Sunday, Dec. 15
3 p.m.
National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, Va. 20151
Free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Monday, Dec. 16
10:30 a.m. & noon
Holiday Matinee for Kids
National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, Va. 20151
To make your free reservations, email: holidaykids@afncr.af.mil

Please check our website calendar for updates to these events and for weather cancellations, if applicable. We hope you find something that fits your schedule and that you'll come out and join us as we celebrate the "Spirit of the Season."



tabComments
12/25/2013 12:57:20 PM ET
Fantastic Thank you.......
Barb Garrett, Missouri
 
12/6/2013 6:02:21 PM ET
This is a wonderful piece. We need more like this and to think CHRISTMAS music with words like Lord and Jesus. There is hope for us after all. Thank you
J. Nader, Pennsylvania USA
 
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