“Night Wing” flies onto main stage


May 26th, 2011

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Omaha, NE – This weekend, hundreds of people are expected to come out to the annual La Vista Daze to celebrate the community and gear up for summer. And to jump start the Memorial Day weekend, the Air Force band “Night Wing” will fly onto the main stage.

"Night Wing" from the Heartland of America Band hits the main stage at 7:30pm Friday for La Vista Daze (Photo courtesy USAF Heartland of America Band)

La Vista Daze will kick off this Friday at 7:30 at La Vista City Hall with food, games, and a musical concert by “Night Wing,” an ensemble of musicians from the U.S. Air Force’s Heartland of America Band. This Air Force troupe is comprised of professional musicians whose backgrounds include advanced degrees in music performance. They travel throughout the country playing everything from classic to contemporary, jazz to country, and pop to rock.

Tech. Sgt. Lara Murdzia is the vocalist and, as she said, the boss of the band. She said she’s been with the group for about 19 years.

“It’s great to do what you love and what you’re passionate about,” she said, “which, for me, is music. I’m also able to serve my country, and to do something good for the community, and give back.” Murdzia said she’s also thankful to be able to give back to the troops, serving overseas.

“When they’re over serving our country and in harm’s way I can actually be the voice for them,” she said, “and their uniform in front of the community. For me, that’s what makes what I do very meaningful.”

Mitch Beaumont is the community relations coordinator for the city of La Vista. Beaumont said last year about 1,000 people attended the event, which includes a parade that kicks off Saturday at 1pm.

“It’s just a party,” he said, “a great time to get together.”

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