The USAF Academy Concert Band performed in Dodge City as part of the school's 60th anniversary tour.
Air Force Lt. Col. Donald Schofield and the USAF Academy Concert Band visited Dodge City as part of the military school's 60th Anniversary tour, Wednesday, playing a mixture of pieces including patriotic marches, symphonic arrangements and a cut from the musical "Man of La Mancha" at Dodge City High School.
Joining the band for the "National Emblem" march composed in 1906 was guest conductor Jason Richins, the conductor of the DCHS band. The American standard is used for graduations at the academy and other armed forces ceremonies.
"I literally spring this on him a little bit ago," Schofield told the crowd. Richins, apparently, had no issue taking the baton in front of the prolific and well-travelled band.
Last year, the concert band performed more than 400 shows, and in one extreme case, started the day performing in the academy's home town of Colorado Springs, Colo., and ending it in Boston.
The audience in Dodge City was also "one of the first" to hear a composition for trombone and wind by former Air Force band member and coordinator Larry MacTaggart.
The concert winds, brass and vocals band is one of 10 performing units in the 70-member academy band. Other units include a marching band, ensembles, a rock band and a country band.
Soon the band will be deploying to perform for troops overseas.