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USAF Band Of The West Celebrates Independence Day

This week starts local performances with Lackland Air Force Base's Band of the West, led by Captain Michael Hoerber. The concerts are free and open to the public, but tickets are recommended for early seating. (For the San Antonio concerts at Sea World, admission is required to the park, but the concert is free inside.)

The patriotic program includes music of all branches of the military, and span from the Revolutionary War to today. Ensembles include their Concert Band, Dimensions in Blue, Warhawk, and  soloists Ainsley Davis and Jennifer Daffinee.

Daffinee says it is always great to perform, especially when there are active duty military personnel present. "Because you know that those are your brothers and sisters in arms, but then you get a little choked up when you think about all that have come before, and all that are going to continue to come, which is awesome. You know our time in the service is limited, but for me, it has been a very special year, I've only been in about a year, so every performance has felt like that."

An interview with Captain Mike Hoerber

The band plays all around Texas Public Radio's listening area, including:

28 June ~ 7:00PM

  • New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center424 South Castell Avenue New Braunfels, TX 78130

30 June ~ 3:00PM

  • The Cailloux Theater 910 Main Street Kerrville, TX 78028 

2 July ~ 7:00PM

  • Schertz 38th Annual Jubilee Schertz Civic Center Ballroom 1400 Schertz Parkway (Bldg. 3) Schertz, TX 78154

5-6 July ~ 8:20PM

  • Independence Day Concerts SeaWorld San Antonio Ski Stadium 10500 SeaWorld Drive San Antonio, TX 78230 

There's more online at http://www.bandofthewest.af.mil/

John Clare is comfortable behind a microphone, streaming video or playing violin. A former broadcaster for NPR, John has previously worked with Voice of America, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and stations in Kansas, Nevada, California, and Pennsylvania.