A Salute to Veterans from the Brass in Blue
November 3rd, 2012
Omaha, NE – Musicians from the United States Air Force are preparing a Veterans Day tribute.
On Nov. 11, the United States Air Force Heartland of America Bandâ€™s Brass in Blue will perform a Salute to Veterans, a show featuring both patriotic and popular selections. Seven area high school musicians will sit in with the group. The groupâ€™s leader, Master Sergeant Ryan Heseltine, said the concert will also feature their vocalist, Sergeant Rebecca Packard. â€œSheâ€™s going to be singing a number of tunes on our program,â€ Heseltine said. â€œOne of them is an Etta James tune called â€˜At Last.â€™â€
One selection was composed specifically for this performance. Called the Global Defense March, it was written by University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor, Dr. Eric Richards, a man with ties to military bands. â€œHe has a long history, not only with the military, but in military bands as well,â€ Heseltine said. â€œHe served 20 years in the Army, he was a trombonist in the Army Field Band as well the Army Jazz Ambassadors.â€
The showâ€™s producer, Master Sergeant Matthew Dunsmore, said the band will play music by another veteran of military bands, one who has gone on to win five Academy Awards writing music for films like Jaws and Star Wars.
â€œInteresting fact about John Williams,â€ Dunsmore said, â€œhe is an Air Force Band veteran, Washington D.C.â€
The Brass in Blue will play Williamsâ€™ Summon the Heroes and Hymn to the Fallen. The band will also play music more familiar to younger audiences, including an audience favorite, God Bless the U.S.A.
â€œSome of the verses in there say that â€œIâ€™ll proudly stand up next to youâ€ and defend the nation and defend the flag,â€ Dunsmore said. â€œUsually when we play that, thereâ€™s a point where someone in the audience randomly starts standing up, and before you know it the whole audience is standing.â€
â€œItâ€™s always a really impactful moment,â€ he said. â€œWeâ€™ve reached people.â€
The United States Air Force Heartland of America Bandâ€™s Brass in Blue performs its Salute to Veterans on November 11 at 2 pm in the Orpheum Theatre.
For a full schedule of the performance, click here.
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