AF Band of the Golden West entertains Sacramento
By Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky , 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 11, 2012
BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West entertained hundreds of people Oct. 9 during a free concert at the Sacramento Community Center Theater.
The 45-piece concert band, stationed at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., played a mixture of classical and original scores, showcasing the skill of Air Force musicians and vocalists.
Col. Jason Green, 9th Mission Support Group commander, spoke to the crowd about the many missions at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., and the support provided by the local community to Airmen stationed here.
"Beale has strong ties to the local community, and there are hundreds of Beale Airmen and civilian employees who live in your area, shop in the same stores and have children who attend the same schools your children do," Green said. "Your support to these Airmen and their families helps them succeed at their jobs and your community provides them a great area to explore and enjoy when off-duty."
While touring the western states of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nevada, the band travels thousands of miles each year to entertain audiences at numerous events. Comfortable performing a wide variety of music from orchestral transcription to jazz and pop arrangements and complete with featured vocalists and instrumental soloists, the Band of the Golden West's program offers something for spectators of all ages and musical tastes.
"We perform as many as 350 events per year," said Master Sgt. Sherry Burt, band director of operations and flute and piccolo player. "Community outreach is a big part of what we do. The music draws people together, and we communicate our message about the Air Force mission between the pieces."