Archive for Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The sound of freedom

U.S. Air Force quintet to play free concert at TPAC

September 3, 2008

The Winds of Freedom, a subgroup of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, will be performing Saturday, Sept. 13 in Tonganoxie.

The concert will start at 7 p.m. at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center in Tonganoxie High School's east campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Winds of Freedom is a woodwind quintet composed of members of the band's larger ensembles.

The group's selections will be: A world premiere written specifically for the quintet, selections from Harry Potter, some Raymond Scott music, standard quintet music and patriotic selections.

The Mirror newspaper is sponsoring the event.

The Heartland of America Band has received four Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards and five Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards. In addition, it boasts four Colonel George S. Howard Citations of Musical Excellence from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The band has the singular distinction of being the only Air Force musical unit deployed throughout the entire area of responsibility in support of troop morale during Operation Desert Shield. In 1995, it was named a "World War II Commemorative Community" for its comprehensive support of activities recognizing the 50th Anniversary of victory in World War II. The Heartland of America Band also was honored to perform a major multimedia tribute celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Omaha.

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