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The United States Air Force Band of Flight will perform a concert of patriotic and popular music July 4 at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Bandstand on the Green.
The Band of Flight, a 14-member group, is assigned to the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
"We're all active duty airmen / musicians," explained Technical Sergeant Eric Knorr.
Knorr, a native of Wooster, has been in the Air Force for 19 years, 13 of them with the band. He is its director of the public affairs department.
Originally a 45-person band, Air Force restructuring has reduced its numbers to 14.
According to Knorr, the band coming to Hudson is composed of a brass quintet, named the Wright Brass, and a rock band, called Systems Go.
The concert in Hudson will focus on veterans, according to Knorr.
"The music we've chosen will be reflective of that," Knorr said, "but we will have something for everyone: marches, patriotic music and popular music -- especially music from the Vietnam era."
The Band of Flight falls under the command of Installation Commander Col. Cassie Barlow and direction of band manager CMSgt. Eric Strohecker. Appearances by the band have ranged from Severance Hall with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra to the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival.
It is the only Air Force Band exclusively serving the state of Ohio and it is one of just 10 in the Air Force.
According to its website, the band's purpose is to support the Air Force mission in war and peace by providing professional musical products and services for troop morale, recruiting and community relations events. The United States Air Force Band of Flight 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.
For more information about this and other performances by your United States Air Force Band of Flight, visit: www.bandofflight.af.m