U.S. Air Force Band to perform around Puget Sound area

By Staff Sgt. Frances Kriss/ 62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs on June 20, 2012

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West's 40-member concert band is scheduled to present a free patriotic concert series around the Puget Sound area starting July 1.

Below is the schedule of performances:

July 1: Wings and Wheels Freedom Fair at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Tacoma, Wash., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 2: Go Fourth Festival at Lake Sacajawea Park in Longview, Wash., starting at 7 p.m.

July 3: Performance at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Wash., starting at 7 p.m.

Although the performance at Benaroya Hall concert is free and open to the public, tickets are required. To reserve tickets, contact the ticket office located at 3rd Avenue and Union Street in Seattle. The ticket office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. If you are unable to visit the ticket office, you can request tickets by mail. For mail-in requests, send a self-addressed envelope to Seattle Symphony Tickets, P.O. Box 2108, Seattle, Wash., 98111, and denote the number of tickets requested. There is a limit of four tickets per order.

July 4: Kent's 4th of July Splash at Lake Meridian Park in Kent, Wash., starting at 8:30 p.m.

The ensemble will be performing a series of patriotic pieces including, "Yankee Doodle" and "American Salute" by Morton Gould, "Battle Hymn of the Republic" as arranged by Sammy Nestico, and "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

From Travis Air Force Base, Calif., the Band of the Golden West is a select group of professional Airmen-musicians who support the global Air Force mission by providing musical products and services for official military, recruiting, and community relations events, and by fostering America's rich national heritage. The Band of the Golden West Concert Band is the largest ensemble within the organization.

Touring the western states of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nevada, the Concert Band performs a wide variety of music from standard concert band literature and military marches to jazz and pop arrangements, Broadway standards and patriotic music complete with instrumental soloists and featured vocalists.

The Air Force Band of the Golden West has performed for thousands of listeners in live concert appearances and for millions worldwide via its numerous recordings and television and radio broadcasts. Throughout its history, the concert band has collaborated with some of America's leading band conductors.

For more information on these performances, call (707) 424-2263 or visit www.bandofthegoldenwest.af.mil.