Air Force band to give free concert Saturday |

Air Force band to give free concert Saturday

The patriotic and melodic sounds of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West will fill the air at Truckee Regional Park’s amphitheater on Saturday, June 30 at 2 p.m.

The free concert is sponsored by the Truckee-Donner Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Truckee Recreation and Parks Department.

“We wanted to give a cultural gift to the town of Truckee,” said AAUW President Marty Carrington. “It’s really a thank you for the community for helping us with all of our fund-raisers … because of its support we were able to give away over $10,000 in scholarships this year.”

The Concert Band, the largest performing unit within The United States Air Force Band, is comprised of 40 musicians that play a wide variety of instruments including woodwinds, brasses, percussion and electric pianos.

Helping to add some local color to the program, six students from Tahoe-Truckee High School will have the chance to play with the famous band. TTHS Music Teacher Dave Green selected Lindsey Hines to play the flute, Linsey Hollingshead and Forrest Platt will play the oboe. Richard Hess and Brie Putman were chosen to play the trumpet and Aaron Chase will play the trombone.

The program, “Fireworks and Freedom,” will include patriotic tunes as well as Broadway and Disney songs.

Staff Sergeant Linsey Bartlett says the montage is designed around July Fourth festivities and will last approximately an hour.

“The concert is free,” said Carrington. “no tickets are needed, just bring your own low back chair or blanket, there is no set seating.”

The band traces its roots to 1959 when it was the Air Force component of the famed NORAD Command Band. Since that time, it has been known as the Band of the Golden Gate, America’s Band in Blue and the Air Mobility Command Band. The organization received its current name in 1994 when it merged with an Air Force band previously stationed at March Air Force Base in California.

The newly formed band then moved to San Francisco, to be stationed at Travis Air Force Base.

As the only remaining active duty Air Force band west of the Rockies, it performs over 300 free concerts a year.

“We are so honored (the band) decided to perform here … they are pretty choosy on where they play …so this is a pretty special event,” said Carrington.

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