Air Force Concert Band to Perform April 30

April 22, 1996

WACO, Texas - The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and The Singing Sergeants will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Ferrell Center on the Baylor University campus.

The premier band of the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Air Force Concert Band is a world class symphonic wind ensemble that presents more than 100 concerts annually. The 65-member band performs a wide variety of repertoire, from light classics, popular favorites and instrumental features to the most serious classical transcriptions.

Remaining true to the Air Force's pioneering spirit, The Air Force Concert Band has established an international reputation as a champion of new works for band with dozens of world premiers to its credit. The band also sponsors an annual competition to ensure that new compositions for band will continue to be produced.

The Singing Sergeants, the 24-voice official chorus of the U.S. Air Force, is one of the world's most versatile and traveled choral organizations. It is also one of the few singing groups internationally recognized for its continuing commitment to excellence in vocal performance.

Originally formed in 1945 from within the ranks of The Air Force Concert Band, the chorus is composed entirely of professional vocalists who have come from leading colleges, universities and music conservatories throughout the world, and who are also all sergeants in the U.S. Air Force.

The Chorus has appeared before millions of people in live performances as well as on radio and television programs. The Singing Sergeants have performed in all 50 states and 49 countries, including China, where it has been acclaimed as one of today's leading choral groups.

Lieutenant Colonel Lowell E. Graham is commander and conductor of The Air Force Concert Band. Graham's military awards and decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, one Air Force Commendation Medal, four Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, two Organizational Excellence Awards and the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star.

Tickets to the concert are free and can be obtained in advance or at the door.

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