Band Tickets being snapped up

Published on Thu, Mar 4, 2004
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Band Tickets being snapped up

If the speed by which tickets are being snapped up is any indication, there is a lot of interest in Blaine and Birch Bay the free concert being put on by the U.S. Air Force Academy Galaxy Brass Band.

And why not? The band is known for �knock your socks off� entertainment. The band is made up of eleven brass, percussion and vocal specialists who present exciting original arrangements from traditional brass to Broadway favorites to classic rock and roll. The history of the band dates back to its inception in 1942 as a group called �The Flying Yanks,� which was started by two American airmen in England. The band eventually became the 739th Army Air Force Band in 1944 and performed for radio shows, the general public and for Eighth Air Force Victory Bond drives.

The band was inactivated at war�s end but came back to life in 1955 and assigned the the new United States Air Force Academy at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado. Bandleaders throughout the air force were asked to screen their musicians for the best personnel to fill the positions in what would become the Air Force Academy Band. In 1958 the band moved to the new campus of the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs.

The group is one of ten performing groups that make up the 76-member United States Air Force Academy Band. It is comprised of two trumpets, horm, two trombones, guitar, bass, two percussionists and two vocalists. Led by group leader Master Sergeant Bill Applegate, the band will play fresh and exciting original compositions as well as transcriptions from popular and orchestral literature.

The concert will be held Friday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the Blaine Performing Arts Center at 975 H Street. Tickets are free but must be obtained ahead of time either at The Northern Light office at 225 Marine Drive or at Pacific Building Center at 2677 Bell Road in Blaine.