The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band will present a concert of patriotic and popular favorites at a Music, Gettysburg! concert on Monday, June 11 at 7 p.m. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the United Lutheran Seminary chapel at 147 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg.

The USAF Heritage of America Band has a rich history of inspiring hearts and minds, building and sustaining American patriotism, and enhancing esprit de corps in the U. S. Air Force. It was one of the original Army Air Corps bands, created by order of the Secretary of War on Oct. 1, 1941 and assigned to Barksdale Field, Louisiana. In June 1946, after a short stay at Brooks Field, Texas, the band arrived at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, its current home.

For 75 years, the band has represented the Air Force with musical and military distinction. Members bring music to the mid-Atlantic in live concerts and to the nation in televised events such as "The Today Show" and the Desert Storm National Victory Parade, as well as presidential inaugural events. The Heritage of America Band has performed ceremonies for U. S. presidents and foreign heads of state. Using today's technology, the band reaches a world-wide audience through its website, social media and audio recordings. Additionally, the band travels more than 150,000 miles to perform hundreds of concerts for listeners across a fifteen-state region from Maine to South Carolina.

In recent years, the mission of Air Force Bands has become an expeditionary one. The Blue Aces were among the first groups to tour Southwest Asia and the Horn of Africa to support coalition and Joint forces serving in the Global War on Terrorism.

The USAF Heritage of America Ban's exceptional musicianship has earned international critical acclaim and numerous honors: eight Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, five Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards, four Colonel George S. Howard Citations of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Band, North Carolina's Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and countless state and municipal proclamations. The USAF Heritage of America Band remains at the forefront of preserving and enriching America's musical heritage in the 21st century.

Music, Gettysburg! is a premier concert series featuring international, national, regional and local musical artists for the greater south central Pennsylvania region. The United Lutheran Seminary Chapel is at 147 Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg. For more information about this and other concerts in the Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-339-1334 or visit the Music, Gettysburg! web site: www.musicgettysburg.org or email to info@musicgettysburg.org.

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