Area residents will have an opportunity to celebrate Veterans Day and honor veterans when the United States Air Force Langley Winds comes to Robert C. Byrd High School.
There will be two performances on November 9. The first concert will be for students from approximately 2:10 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
According to SSgt. USAF Jeremy Cohen, the operations coordinator for Langley Winds, there will be both a performance and an opportunity for students to ask questions at the student session.
“They can ask us about the military, the band and what it takes to get an audition. Or we will take questions about the music and the instruments,” he said.
The performance for the public will be at 7 p.m. and will also be held at Robert C. Byrd High School. There is no charge for the concert and the public is urged to attend to recognize the service of veterans.
Langley Winds will offer a unique blend of instruments and a wide variety of compositions, according to Cohen.
“We have ten members in Langley Winds,” Cohen said. “We have a traditional woodwinds quintet comprised of clarinet, French horn, flute, oboe and bassoon. We have have an additional three clarinets and a bass clarinet. In addition, we have a percussionist. This is a unique combination.”
The Langley Winds repertoire will offer a variety of styles. It will vary from a Argentinian fugue, a romantic German composition presented by the woodwind quintet, a collection of Armenian dances, and a piece composed for the clarinet quartet.
“At the end of the concert we will play “America the Beautiful,” and a medley of the anthems of each branch of the service,” Cohen said. “While this concert will not be exactly on Veterans Day, the entire week will be a celebration of our veterans for us.
“As professional Airmen musicians, the Langley Winds are dedicated to using the power of music to honor our veterans, inspire patriotism, communicate the Air Force story and recruit those who are interested in serving in the Air Force,” he added.
Langley Winds is just one of the bands in the U. S. Air Force Heritage of American Band which will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2016.
“We will be doing some recordings to mark his anniversary,” Cohen said.
The other components of the Air Force Heritage band are the Concert Band, Rhythm in Blue Band, Heritage Brass, Full Spectrum and the Blue Aces.
This program is being brought to the community by the Ivory Evenings concert series.