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USAF band to give free concert in River Falls, Sept. 16th

The 33 member United States Air Force Band of Mid-America Concert Band will perform a free concert at the River Falls High School auditorium at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16th.

Tickets are required. They are available for pick up at the River Falls Journal office, 2815 Prairie Drive, and Quiznos Sub, 303 S. Main St., River Falls. The Journal office is open from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., M-F.

Tickets can also be obtained by sending a request with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: The Journal, P. 0. Box 25, River Falls, Wl 50422.

The band is a diverse ensemble whose repertoire ranges from symphonic band masterworks, to traditional marches, to pops and jazz.

The concert is likely to include works from contemporary composers as well as the familiar sounds of John Philip Sousa or Major Glenn Miller. The band also features vocal soloists, performing a variety of popular, classical, and patriotic selections.

This ensemble primarily performs free civic outreach and recruiting concerts for audiences throughout the Midwest, playing more than 100 engagements each year. The band has also performed in New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, the Gulf Coast, Germany, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Barbados, Grenada, Guatemala, Venezuela, Bolivia, and the Azores.

The Concert Band is based at Scott AFB, outside St. Louis. Its visit to River Falls is part of an upper Midwest tour that includes stops in Eau Claire, Rice Lake and LaCrosse.

The band is often called upon to provide musical support for visiting dignitaries, and has had the distinction of performing for Pope John Paul II, Presidents George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter, the Queen of the Netherlands, and hundreds of other US and foreign leaders.

A nine-member ensemble called "Hot Brass", performed at a variety of venues at Balad Air Base, Iraq, in April of this year.

The band has also backed many notable guest artists such as Bob Hope, Wilford Brimley, Jamie Farr, and the U.S.O. Girls.

For more information about the band, go to