Air Force band plays free show in Dillon today
DILLON – While a U.S. Air Force Academy Band may conjure images of a stiff-lipped orchestra, the Air Force’s Wild Blue Country flies in with a hootin’ and hollerin’ good time.Wild Blue Country, a true country and bluegrass ensemble, plays a free concert at noon today at the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre. The outfit is part of the U.S. Air Force Academy Band stationed at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. All Air Force personnel, the band trades the standard issue military uniform for cowboy hats, bolo ties and jeans on-stage.The six-piece band plays a family-friendly set that spans the country and bluegrass spectrum and emphasizes tight musicianship and versatility. Group leader and Senior Master Sergeant Jim Christian says concertgoers will hear “classic country from artists like Alan Jackson, George Strait and Ray Pride as well as patriotic songs and original material.” They also break out the banjos and play a set of purely traditional bluegrass tunes.Wild Blue Country has regularly been featured at the Grand Ole Opry and television shows like “Nashville Now” and “Opry Back Stage.” The group has appeared with country recording artists such as Charlie Daniels, Conway Twitty, Boxcar Willie, Hank Williams Jr., Louise Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Roger Miller, Ray Price, “Whispering” Bill Anderson and Mickey Gilley. It also regularly performs for U.S. military personnel at home and abroad.”They came to us with the opportunity, and we were more than happy to accommodate,” said Sally Croker, marketing and events manager for the town of Dillon. “It is a great opportunity for our community to come together and remember 9/11.”All are welcome to attend this special town concert. Pack a picnic lunch and a blanket, but please leave your pets at home. Concessions will not be available. For more information, call the recorded events hotline at (970) 262-3400, or visit http://www.townofdillon.com or http://www.usafacademyband.com.
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