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Free Friday concert in Truckee to feature US Air Force band

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The Commanders Jazz Ensemble is coming to Truckee this weekend.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Commanders Jazz Ensemble — part of the US Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base in California — is swinging into Truckee for a free concert this Friday.

The outdoor show is set for 6:30 p.m. at the "Salty" Gebhart Amphitheater at Truckee River Regional Park at 10050 Brockway Road.

Under the direction of Master Sgt. Jeremiah True, The Commanders carries the American musical tradition of the great traveling big bands, yet offers a lot more than the big band sounds.

During a concert, you're likely to hear the music of jazz legends Duke Ellington, Woody Herman and Count Basie, as well as contemporary big band leaders and composers such as Gordon Goodwin and Maria Schneider.

No concert would be complete without a tribute to the late Maj. Glenn Miller and his famous Army Air Corp band.

Featuring outstanding soloists as well as a superb vocalist, The Commanders is an ensemble capable of delivering a powerful musical performance.

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Touring the western states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Washington, the US Air Force Band of the Golden West has performed for thousands of listeners in live concerts and millions worldwide via its numerous recordings and television and radio broadcasts.

The only active-duty Air Force band west of the Rockies, the Band of the Golden West is dedicated to using the power of music to inspire our Air Force members and the great nation we serve, producing innovative musical programs and products, and communicating Air Force excellence.

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