‘Something for everyone’

The U.S. Air Force Academy Concert Band plans to tour Wyoming and parts of South Dakota in honor of Independence Day, performing concerts throughout the first four days of July.

The band, coming north from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will make its first stop in Laramie, where it will perform in Washington Park.

Comprised of 55 active-duty U.S. Air Force professionals, the band is divided in nine ensembles — with some members serving on multiple ensembles — and representing diverse musical genres, Staff Sergeant Lencys Esteban-Nuñez said.

“There’s definitely something for everyone,” he said.

The concert band will perform a wide variety of musical numbers, ranging from traditional patriotic and military pieces to music from the Broadway play “Hamilton.”

“We have quite a repertoire,” Esteban-Nuñez said.

The concert tour across Wyoming and South Dakota celebrates the nation’s birthday, as well as the U.S. Air Force’s 70th Birthday. Esteban-Nuñez said it was a way for the U.S. Air Force — and specifically the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado — to thank the American public for its support and give back to the community.

The annual tour is also a way to educate the public about the U.S. Air Force while honoring the roughly 4,000 cadets training at the academy, Esteban-Nuñez said.

The concert tour will take the band to Sheridan for a performance 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Kendrick Park Band Shell, then on to two performances at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota 6:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Monday.

Then on Tuesday — Independence Day itself — the band will perform in both states, the first performance at 10:30 a.m in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

The tour will conclude with a final performance at 8 p.m. in Gillette, to be followed by fireworks at 10 p.m.

The tour kicks off in Laramie, with music running from 3-5 p.m. Saturday in the Edgar J. Lewis Bandshell in Washington Park. Admission to all concerts is free. Go to www.facebook.com/usafacademyband for more information.

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