Air Force Band of the Rockies Performs at Ferrell Center Feb. 6

Jan. 20, 1997

The U.S. Air Force Band of the Rockies will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Ferrell Center on the Baylor University campus.

Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., the band presents free public concerts throughout the United States. The band can trace its beginnings to 1942 and a group called the "Flying Yanks," a band started by two American airmen in England. The "Flying Yanks" was designated the 739th Army Air Force Band in March 1944 and quickly achieved recognition as one of the best bands in Europe during World War II. It was inactivated in 1945.

In 1955, the group was reactivated once again and assigned to the new Air Force Academy in Denver. The band moved to the new campus of the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs in 1958. While stationed at the Academy, the band supported the Cadet Wing at parades, military ceremonies and athletic events.

The Air Force Academy Band was renamed The United States Air Force Band of the Rockies in 1993 and was reassigned to Headquarters, Air Force Space Command also located in Colorado Springs.

Tickets to the concert are free and available at the Ferrell Center, the Waco Tribune-Herald and Central National Bank. Tickets are limited to four to a customer.

For more information, call 755-1918.

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