Tops in Blue perform for Team Beale
By Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo, 9th RW Public Affairs
/ Published June 22, 2012
BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., --
More than 400 members of Team Beale weathered 100 degree heat and crowded the hanger of dock 6 to see Tops in Blue, June 16.
TIB is group of Airmen composed of 35 to 40 vocalists, dancers, musicians, and technicians whose primary purpose is to perform and raise moral for military personnel and their families throughout the world.
The group's tour for this year is entitled "Listen" and showcased the music of life through the sounds people hear every day. The show featured vocal and instrumental songs from pop music, jazz, rock, R&B and country, to include an interpretive dance.
"It was simply amazing," said Master Sgt. Jennifer Britt, 9th Comptroller Squadron, who attended the event with her son. "He enjoyed the whole show but loved the mime skit."
In addition to mastering their showmanship, performers must also become accomplished in the technical skills needed to support their tour.
Under the guidance of their technical personnel, the performing team is responsible for setting up more than 64,000 pounds of staging, lighting, audio, video and special effects equipment required for each performance.
"It's really quite mindboggling to see how they set everything up," said 2nd Lt. Devin Wolfe, 9th Force Support Squadron, and coordinator of the event.
For nearly 60 years, TIB has served as America's ambassadors, traveling to more than 20 countries to perform close to 130 shows yearly.
"It was great having them perform at Beale, It was an awesome show," said Britt. "It was one of the best Tops in Blue I've ever seen; I definitely want to see them again."