Strike up the band!

Strike up the band! The 60-member United States Air Force Heartland of America Band will perform classical, contemporary, jazz, rock and country music 7 p.m. Saturday at Vermillion High School. By David Lias There�s still time to pick up free tickets for the performance of the The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band.

The touring musicians will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Vermillion High School Auditorium.

Tickets are available at the Broadcaster Press and Hy-Vee Food Store. Ticket requests will be filled as they are received until the allocated number has been distributed.

There is no reserved seating. Seating for ticket holders starts at 6:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-seated basis. Only ticket holders will be admitted until 6:45 p.m.

Any remaining seating opens to the non-ticketed public at 6:50 p.m. There is no seating after the performance begins at 7 p.m.

The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, stationed at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, NE, is known throughout the United States for its outstanding performances and recordings. This 60-member unit, representing the finest and most dedicated Air Force professionals, sets the standard for musical excellence in today�s military.

The unit�s broad repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary, and from jazz to rock and country. Its various musical components perform over 450 concerts annually touring extensively and performing for thousands of civilian and military audiences throughout the United States.

Its primary geographical area of responsibility includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming. Past concerts have highlighted guest artists such as Frank Mantooth, Kevin Mahogany, Frederick Fennell, Chip Davis, John Denver and Crystal Gayle.

In addition to concert and recording activities, these groups appear on numerous radio and television programs across the country. Most recently, the Heartland of America Band was seen by over 10 million people nationwide when it performed for �The Wall That Heals,� a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans� Memorial, during ceremonies for Memorial Day weekend 1997 in Omaha, NE.

The Heartland of America Band has received four Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards and four Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards. It has four times been presented with the John Philip Sousa Foundation�s Citation of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands. In addition, the band has the singular distinction of being the only Air Force musical unit to have been deployed throughout the entire area of responsibility in support of troop morale during

Operation Desert Shield. In 1995, for its comprehensive support of activities recognizing the 50th anniversary of victory in World War II, the Heartland of America Band was named a �World War II Commemorative Community.�

United States Air Force Heartland of America Band concerts are presented in support of troop morale, recruiting, community relations, and the preservation of our national heritage.

To find out more information about the Heartland of

America Band, visit www

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