Air National Guard Band will give patriotic concert

By on June 25, 2014

The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast will present an exciting concert of band favorites on Saturday, June 28 at 2 p.m. in the Lititz Springs Park bandshell.

The free concert is sponsored by the Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463, the Lititz American Legion Garden Spot Post 56 and Lititz Springs Park.

The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast is the premiere military band from within the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast has played throughout the United States and abroad, and features a variety of classical, jazz, popular music, marches, patriotic favorites, and show tunes arranged for the concert band.

The Band of the Northeast is based at Fort Indiantown Gap as part of the Regional Support Group to the 193rd Special Operations Wing stationed in Middletown.

Ten members of the band deployed to several undisclosed locations throughout the Middle East in 2010. This deployment was the first of its type for the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast. The band members performed well over 20 concerts in 40 days for allied and coalition forces, American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, and Middle Eastern nationals during both military and civilian performances. The deployment raised the spirits of thousands of audience members from across the globe and inspired patriotism and the American Spirit in our friends from dozens of countries.

A traditional Air National Guard squadron, the band consists of 40 members, all National Guard members with civilian careers who meet one weekend a month to rehearse and perform. Its ranks are filled with professional musicians, educators, students, administrators, salesmen, builders and other professionals. The band has received many awards, including the Air Force Outstanding Unit award and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Unit Citation. Its annual concert tours have taken it to Germany, Holland, France, the Azores, Antigua-West Indies, Norway, England, Denmark, and throughout the United States.

To learn more, call the park at 626-8981.

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