U.S. Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants to Perform at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music

Musical Ambassador Groups from the U.S. Air Force to Present Free Concert at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music on April 8

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PHOTO CAPTION: The U.S. Air Force Concert Band will perform at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music on Sunday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.

POTSDAM, NY (03/26/2018) (readMedia)-- The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants from Washington D.C., will perform in concert at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music on Sunday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m., in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.

The Air Force musicians are conducting a 10-day tour of New York and Connecticut to honor veterans in Northeastern communities, and their tour will bring the groups to Potsdam on April 8. Ticket information for each tour concert is available at bit.ly/TheUSAFBandTour.

All tour concerts are free and open to the public. To reserve tickets, please call or visit the Community Performance Series Box Office, located in the Performing Arts Center lobby, at (315) 267-2277.

Additional tickets will be available in the Hosmer Hall lobby prior to the performance, depending on availability. To reserve tickets online, visit usafband.eventbrite.com.

The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants are two of the six performing ensembles within The United States Air Force Band, the premier musical organization of the U.S. Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Air Force Band honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States of America.

In addition to daily tour performances, members of the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will also be mentoring students in local communities through the Advancing Innovation through Music (AIM) educational program. On a typical AIM visit, Air Force Band members work with individual instrument groups at a local school, focusing on skills such as proper technique, musical phrasing and correct posture. Then, the groups combine as a whole in a "side-by-side" rehearsal demonstration, where the students can hear how the music they are working on is performed at a professional level.

"Our AIM program has been an outstanding success, allowing us to reach over 100,000 students in the Washington, D.C., area over the last five years with music clinics, side-by-side performances and rehearsals with school groups and professional music demonstrations," said Air Force Band Commander and Conductor Col. Larry H. Lang. "As we tour across the nation performing our community outreach mission, AIM fills a vital role in helping us connect the Air Force to our communities."

About the performers:

The U.S. Air Force Concert Band is the premier symphonic wind ensemble of the Air Force. Featuring 53 active duty Airmen musicians, the Concert Band performs throughout the United States via biannual tours, live radio, television and Internet broadcasts, as well as at local concerts across metropolitan Washington, D.C.

The Singing Sergeants is the official chorus of the United States Air Force, and features 23 active duty Airmen musicians. The Singing Sergeants present more than 200 performances annually, performing a wide range of musical styles, from traditional Americana, opera and choral standards, to modern Broadway and jazz.

The Concert Band and Singing Sergeants perform together on a regular basis, representing the U.S. Air Force and our country, as part of The United States Air Force Band. They frequently perform for national television broadcasts and online videos, including the Band's annual holiday flash mobs, which have been viewed by millions worldwide. Whether these groups are performing in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, throughout our great country or around the world, they are proud to represent all Airmen, whose selfless service and sacrifice ensure the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America.

For more information about the groups and the U.S. Air Force Band, visit www.usafband.af.mil.

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York's only All-Steinway institution. For more information, please visit www.potsdam.edu/crane.