South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) and Chamber South present the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve Concert Band in a free performance on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at 8 p.m. sponsored in part by TD Bank.
The public may obtain a voucher to exchange for up to four tickets per person. For information on vouchers contact the SMDCAC Box Office at 786-573-5300 or visit online at www.smdcac.org.
This 43-piece concert band is the largest and most versatile unit of the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve, with a varied repertoire that ranges from classical overtures through Sousa marches to Broadway show tunes, popular music, movie themes and patriotic favorites.
The concert band has performed at various locations throughout the United States and the world. The band has toured Russia twice, making historic appearances in Moscow (1992) and St. Petersburg (1995). With the Southeastern United States as its primary touring area, the concert band frequently performs for packed houses in Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
The group has performed with such renowned guest artists as Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, B.J. Thomas, The Lettermen, Gary Morris, Lari White, Mila Mason, Crystal Gayle, Jonathan Pierce, Christ Church Choir, Faith Hill and Restless Heart.
The band has performed under the direction of prominent band composers and conductors such as Dr. Alfred Reed, Paul Bierley, and Robert W. Smith. The concert band also was presented with the prestigious Colonel George S. Howard Award from the Sousa Foundation for outstanding military concert bands in 1994 and 1996.
The concert band is very active in recording projects. Since 1996, they have recorded a very special Christmas radio broadcast that was aired worldwide on the Armed Services Network and other AM and FM stations throughout the United States. In 1998, they recorded a definitive Henry Fillmore recording with the guidance of one of Fillmore’s musical peers, William Miller. In 2001, the band dedicated its latest recording, American Hero, to Brigadier General Robert L. Scott (ret.).
The members of the band are professional Air Force musicians working in support of Air Force and Air Force Reserve recruiting and community relations objectives.