USAF Band coming to Wyoming

Published: Mar. 4, 2019 at 10:34 PM CST
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The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants from Washington, D.C., are heading out on a 9-day community relations tour to Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa this March. All concerts are free and open to the public. Ticket information for these concerts is available at the attached website.

Saturday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Eastern Wyoming College

Fine Arts Auditorium

3200 West C Street

Torrington, WY 82240

Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 p.m.

Prairie View Elementary School Gym

801 East O Street

Ogallala, NE 69153

Monday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Kearney High School

Concert Hall and Theater

2702 W. 11th St.

Kearney, NE 68845

Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Lied Center for the Performing Arts

301 N. 12th Street

Lincoln, NE 68588-0151

Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Stephens Auditorium

1900 Center Dr.

Ames, IA 50011

Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Johnston High School Auditorium

6500 NW 100th St.

Johnston, IA 50131

Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Hancher Auditorium

University of Iowa

141 East Park Rd.

Iowa City, IA 52242-1132

Saturday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

University of Northern Iowa

8392 University Ave.

Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0801

Sunday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Paramount Theatre

123 Third Ave. SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Chief Master Sgt. Stacy Newbrough Ascione, principal flutist and Chief of the USAF Concert Band, is thrilled to be returning to her home state on this tour. “It has been over a decade since this ensemble has performed in the state of Iowa, and this will be my first time performing in my home town of Iowa City as a uniformed member,” says Ascione. “It’s especially poignant to be performing at Hancher Auditorium. I performed there quite a bit as a kid, and it has always been a personal goal of mine to return one day. I’m very thankful to have grown up in the state of Iowa and I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for its exceptional music programs and inspirational teachers. I am honored to be representing not only the United States Air Force, but also the state of Iowa!”

In addition to daily tour performances, members of the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will also be mentoring students in local communities through the Advancing Innovation through Music (AIM) educational outreach program. On a typical AIM visit, Air Force Band members work with individual instrument groups at a local school, focusing on skills such as proper technique, musical phrasing and correct posture. Then, the groups combine as a whole in a "side-by-side" rehearsal demonstration, where the students can hear how the music they are working on is performed at a professional level.

"Our AIM program has been an outstanding success, allowing us to reach over 100,000 students in the Washington, D.C. area over the last five years with music clinics, side-by-side performances and rehearsals with school groups and professional music demonstrations,” says Colonel Don Schofield, Commander and Conductor of The USAF Band. “As we tour across the nation performing our community outreach mission, AIM fills a vital role in helping us connect the Air Force to our communities."

The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants are two of the six performing ensembles within The United States Air Force Band, the premier musical organization of the U.S. Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., The U.S. Air Force Band honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States of America.


- The U.S. Air Force Band has received international exposure by creating highly popular and successful holiday flash mob videos over the past five years. These videos were viewed by more than 50 million people on YouTube and were featured on major worldwide news networks.

- In 2015 and 2016, the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants were the featured performing ensemble of the nationally broadcast Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York City.