USAF band unit at home in Irvington or deployed to more hostile environs
, 2014


USAF band unit at home
in Irvington or deployed
to more hostile environs

The USAF Heritage of America Band will perform at 7 p.m. July 1 on the Irvington Commons. The concert is sponsored by the Irvington Village Improvement Association.

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VIA president Larry Worth urges folks to pack a picnic, bring a blanket or chairs and come early for a good spot on the Commons.

This celebrated unit also trains and prepares weekly for serving the Air Force’s global mission. The 60-member unit, which includes the Concert Band that will perform in Irvington as well as smaller musical groups, has had its members deploy five times within the past 10 years in support of American and Joint forces.

“These Airman-Musicians are equally at home playing in a peaceful historic town in Virginia or serving in the overseas environment,” said musical resources specialist Ray Landon. “Their incredible talent and spectacular showmanship stirs the emotions and tugs at the heartstrings in any location, whether it is close to our home station or many thousands of miles away.”

Landon noted that one of the unit’s smaller groups, Full Spectrum, which specializes in popular music, is deployed to undisclosed locations where they are effectively boosting morale for airmen and joint forces. “We are so proud of their efforts and are receiving messages everyday on how they are lifting spirits wherever they go.”

In Irvington, the 38-person Concert Band will present an Independence Day program of more traditional, patriotic fare along with big band favorites, all designed to get feet tapping and heads swaying. The band, which features a full rhythm section as well as a wind ensemble, entertains audiences with a variety of songs including Broadway hits, symphonic pieces, jazz and marches.

Stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, in Hampton, the Heritage of America Band travels throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Carolinas, presenting over 300 events annually for civilian and military audiences.


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