Sunday, August 12, 2012

Air Force Band of Golden West plans concerts - Lompoc Record

2012-08-12T00:10:00Z Air Force Band of Golden West plans concertsStaff report Lompoc Record

The Air Force Band of the Golden West Concert Band will give a free performance at 7 p.m. Monday at the Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 S. Thornburg St.

The Santa Maria performance is among three free concerts the band has scheduled around the Central Coast.

“These performances are from one of only 11 United States Air Force bands,” said Larry Hill, community relations chief at Vandenberg Air Force Base. “They are a great opportunity for our local communities to see the outstanding professionalism that is the hallmark of the United States Air Force.”

The group also will also be featured from 3 to 6 p.m. today in the next Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts performance in Ramona Garden Park, Grover Beach.

Admission is free and tickets are not required for either the Grover Beach or Santa Maria performances.

The third concert is planned for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo. Free tickets for the San Luis Obispo concert are available from the PAC SLO Box Office or can be reserved by phone at 805-756-4849 or 888-233-ARTS.

A select group of professional airmen-musicians based at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California make up the band.

The Concert Band, made up of nearly 40 musicians, is the largest performing ensemble within the Air Force Band of the Golden West.

The group tours California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nevada, performing a wide variety of music. This includes standard concert band/wind ensemble literature, orchestral transcriptions, military marches, jazz and pop arrangements, Broadway standards and, of course, patriotic music.

The group supports the global Air Force mission by providing musical performances and services for official military, recruiting and community events.

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