Air Force Band Of The West To Perform Free Concert May 16

May 10, 2002

The renowned Air Force Band of the West will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in the Jones Concert Hall at the Glennis McCrary Music Building on the Baylor University campus. Sponsored by Baylor Air Force ROTC and Connally High School AFROTC, the concert will honor the United States Air Force and Col. James T. Connally, a pilot and native Wacoan who was killed in 1945 in Japan. James Connally Air Force Base, now TSTC, was named in his honor.

The USAF Band of the West, located at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, is a musical organization with an outstanding record of achievement. With approximately 45 musicians, its repertoire consists of music from the Renaissance to contemporary, ranging from traditional symphonic band literature and Sousa marches to Broadway musicals and Top 40 hits.

The Concert Band has been featured in concerts and clinics every year at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention and has performed in concert with both the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The band regularly performs before high-ranking military and civilian leaders and has performed for every United States President since John F. Kennedy.

The Concert Band travels more than 10,000 miles annually performing more than 50 concerts on military bases and media-sponsored tours throughout Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana.

Tickets to concert are free and are available at the Waco Hall ticket office, Holze Music and Buzze Music. Ticket holders will be admitted from 6 to 6:45 p.m., after which any remaining open seats will be made available to non-ticket holders.

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