Air National Guard Band presents Brass in Blue July 3 in Milford
The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast will present a concert of brass quintet favorites on July 3 at 7 p.m. at the Parsons Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
“Brass in Blue” is the premiere brass ensemble made up of five brass players, plus one percussionist from within the ranks of the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast concert band. “Brass in Blue” has played throughout the United States and abroad, and features a variety of classical, jazz, popular music, marches, and show tunes arranged for the brass quintet.
The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast was originally formed in 1942 in Rapid City, South Dakota as the 53rd Army Air Forces Band. Federal recognition was extended to the band in 1949.
The band has experienced numerous name changes and reassignments over the years, more recently as the 553rd Air Force Band, Pennsylvania Air National Guard. In 2000, the band became known as the Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic, reflecting its expanded geographic area of responsibility. Recently, the geographic responsibility of the unit was again increased and the unit's name was changed to the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast. 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, PA.
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 National during both military and civilian performances.
A traditional Air National Guard squadron, the band consists of 40 members, all traditional National Guard members with civilian careers who meet one weekend a month to rehearse and perform.
The concert is free and open to the public. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to downbeat.