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Airmen of Note celebrate 70 years of USAF heritage on West Coast

Airmen of Note perform

The U.S. Air Force Band Airmen of Note perform at the San Diego Creative and Performing Arts School in San Diego, Calif., Sept 22, 2017. Throughout the performance, band members answered questions from faculty and students. San Diego was the first stop for the Airmen of Note on their fall 2017 tour in California celebrating the U.S. Air Force's 70th anniversary of breaking barriers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Singer and trombonist perform together

Tech. Sgt. Paige Wroble, U.S. Air Force Band Airmen of Note vocalist, sings alongside Dave Scott, KUSI News Channel 9 broadcast meteorologist and trombone player, during a performance at the KUSI News station in San Diego, Calif., Sept. 22, 2017. This was the first stop for the Airmen of Note on their fall 2017 tour of California celebrating the U.S. Air Force's 70th anniversary of breaking barriers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Drummer performs

Tech. Sgt. David McDonald, U.S. Air Force Band Airmen of Note drummer, performs at Santa Monica High School, Calif., Sept. 26, 2017. The Airmen of Note toured California to celebrate the U.S. Air Force's 70th anniversary of breaking barriers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Piano Player turns page of music

Tech. Sgt. Chris Ziemba, U.S. Air Force Band Airmen of Note pianist, turns a page of his sheet music during a performance at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif., Sept. 23, 2017. Ziemba, who is from Buffalo New York, recently began playing with the band and is a graduate of the Julliard School of Music. The Airmen of Note toured California celebrating the U.S. Air Force's 70th anniversary of breaking barriers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Guitarist performs

Master Sgt. Geoffrey Reecer, U.S. Air Force Band Airmen of Note guitarist, plays during a performance at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, Calif., Sept. 25, 2017. The band was on their fall 2017 tour of California celebrating the U.S. Air Force's 70th anniversary of breaking barriers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Audience members watch Airmen of Note perform

Audience members watch as the U.S. Air Force Band Airmen of Note perform at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., Sept. 24, 2017. The Airmen of Note performed at a variety of venues throughout California including: Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, Point Loma Nazarene University, the Creative and Performing Arts School in San Diego and the Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center during their fall 2017 tour, celebrating the U.S. Air Force's 70th anniversary of breaking barriers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

USAF Honor Guard present colors

Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard present the American flag during a performance of "America the Beautiful" at the Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif., Sept. 23, 2017. San Diego was the first stop for the Airmen of Note on their fall 2017 tour in California celebrating the U.S. Air Force's 70th anniversary of breaking barriers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Trumpeter performs

Tech. Sgt. Logan Keese, U.S. Air Force Band Airmen of Note trumpeter, performs at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 27, 2017. Keese graduated from University of Texas at San Antonio and previously performed with the U.S. Air Force Band of the West at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, before joining the Airmen of Note. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Bassist practices

Tech. Sgt. Cameron Kayne, U.S. Air Force Band Airmen of Note bassist, practices prior to a performance at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 27, 2017. The Airmen of Note performed at a variety of venues throughout Southern California including: Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, Point Loma Nazarene University, the Creative and Performing Arts School in San Diego and the Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center during their fall 2017 tour, celebrating the U.S. Air Force's 70th anniversary of breaking barriers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Proclamation presented
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Darnisha Hunter, San Diego mayor representative, presents a proclamation to the U.S. Air Force Band Airmen of Note prior to a performance at the Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif., Sept. 23, 2017. The proclamation declared Sept. 23 as U.S. Air Force Band Day in San Diego. The Airmen of Note toured California celebrating the U.S. Air Force's 70th anniversary of breaking barriers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Student takes photo
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A student from the Creative and Performing Arts School takes a picture before a performance by the U.S. Air Force Band Airmen of Note, in San Diego, Calif., Sept. 22, 2017. Following the performance, students participated in an “Advancing Innovation through Music” clinic with the band. For four years, the AIM program has brought premier bandsmen into direct contact with thousands of young musicians from all across the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

CALIFORNIA --

The U.S. Air Force Band premier jazz ensemble, Airmen of Note, toured California, Sept. 22 to Oct. 3.

During the fall 2017 tour, the ensemble performed at more than 10 locations and brought Air Force musicians, who represent all Airmen, to West Coast audiences.

“The bonds that the band is able to forge while traveling as musical ambassadors is great to be a part of,” said Master Sgt. Grant Langford, U.S. Air Force Band Airmen of Note saxophonist. “We hope that people not only enjoy the concerts but come away with more pride in their country and trust and confidence in their U.S. Air Force.”

For more than six decades, the Airmen of Note have honored service members and inspired people worldwide.

The band performed at various venues including: Point Loma Nazarene University, Disneyland, Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center and the Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center, to audiences ranging from middle school students to World War II veterans.

Byron and Lisa Ellis, PLNU and Disneyland audience members and longtime fans of the band, travelled from Seattle, Wash. to hear them play.

“There is nothing more precise than [the] military and the Airmen of Note is no exception,” Byron said. “To hear them [live] was really exciting; they didn’t disappoint.”


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